I want something that will wanna make me party like I’m a teenage boy and I don’t like my parents.
story by Lisette Medina
Miss Bootylicious holds a special place in the heart of CSS’s Lovefoxxx. “I watched Beyoncé in a stadium in São Paulo and it felt like I was watching her in a club ‘cause she was so good. She made a connection with everybody…she’s like the one and only.”
Mrs. Jay-Z was also the inspiration for the Brazilian band’s name, Cansei de Ser Sexy (Portuguese for “I’m Tired of Being Sexy”), something Beyoncé allegedly once uttered. For those who never tire of such things but sometimes need an energy boost that doesn’t come from a can, there’s CSS. They deliver fun, get-your-butt-outta-bed dance music with songs like “Alala” and “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex.”
Fresh off a high-flying set at Coachella, lead vocalist Lovefoxxx revealed to Chicago Innerview some of her musical faves, how she learned English and what gets her high.
Chicago Innerview: How was Coachella?
Lovefoxxx: It was really amazing. It was better than I imagined it would be. It was crowded and the people in the front really were going for it. I think the interaction between us and the crowd was perfect. There were no technical surprises. It was really smooth. Everybody was happy with it. It’s good to know you have some fans there for you — they were there for us yesterday [at Coachella].
Chicago Innerview: How did you learn to speak English and how hard was it to learn?
Lovefoxxx: I learned watching ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Beavis and Butthead’. We also have English in our schools, but it’s very bad. I always wanted to understand the music and I would always watch stuff with captions. Then when I got better, I started watching with captions in English. I was listening to music like Spice Girls and that’s how I learned. And I always had pen pals and would write in English. It was always natural.
CI: What are your musical and fashion influences?
Lovefoxxx: When I dress to get ready for the show, I really like to think of how I can feel empowered. I think to wear something that makes you feel really raw and wild. Before I used to wear a catsuit, but I was just wearing it all the time and now I want something that will wanna make me party like I’m a teenage boy and I don’t like my parents. I love my parents, but that’s the vibe I think: ‘Fight for your right to party.’ I was representing that lyric.
CI: And musically?
Lovefoxxx: One of my favorite songs ever, if before I die I could listen to one, I think I would ask for ‘Add it Up’ by The Violent Femmes. I think really that’s the perfect song…that’s the song I wish I’d written.
CI: Tell me about your interesting videos.
Lovefoxxx: At the end of ‘Rat Is Dead’, there is the rat scene in the alley. We wanted to be somewhere where it would be very poor, like the ghetto. But we were in Barcelona and it’s such a beautiful city we couldn’t find a ghetto, so we just went to this beautiful alley. At the end we are drinking espresso. Because at that part, we are being rat people and usually they have champagne or tequila and weed and some other drugs and we love coffee. We like legal highs, so we’re drinking espresso to represent being high.
CI: Is the third album still going to come out in August?
Lovefoxxx: Yeah. It’s ready. If it was up to us, it would come out today. We need to get the best time to release it and that’s August.
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