LAST WORD: EMILY KOKAL

The Warpaint singer/gui­tarist on in­tra­band ten­sion and be­ing star-struck.

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When was the last time you did karaoke? It was for my boyfriend’s birth­day in Jan­uary. We had a karaoke party at this place down­town. I like karaoke a lot. The last song I did was Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa. I don’t have a “go-to” karaoke song any more, I like to chal­lenge my­self, but my go-to song used be Every­thing She Wants by Wham!. What was the last gig you went to? The last gig I went to was pretty much one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to, I saw Ken­drick La­mar on the Sun­day night at Coachella. It was in­cred­i­ble, all I’ve been do­ing is lis­ten­ing to his new al­bum. I re­mem­ber when [ Dr Dre’s de­but] The Chronic came out when I was in high school or Nir­vana – I feel like that’s what this al­bum is. It was very ex­cit­ing to have been at that show. I’m still reel­ing from it. When was the last time you were star-struck? I met Jon Hamm from Mad Men last week. Only for a few mo­ments. I don’t re­ally get su­per star-struck. The thing with liv­ing in LA is you see fa­mous peo­ple a lot. The last per­son I was le­git­i­mately star-struck by was a cou­ple of years ago and it was Björk. A friend of ours brought her to our show and sur­prised us be­fore we played. Some­times you don’t want to meet peo­ple you were in­spired by. Meet­ing her was some­thing I was never sure I wanted to do but she was cool – like an old friend. When was the last time you lost your tem­per? Be­ing pissed-off and los­ing my tem­per are two dif­fer­ent things. I don’t re­ally lose my tem­per that of­ten. I’m go­ing to guess it was in a band sit­u­a­tion, a tired back­stage setlist con­ver­sa­tion. In Ja­pan, a cou­ple of months ago, Jen [ Jenny Lee Lind­berg, bassist] and I got into it, which hap­pens some­times. We get into it and then we get out of it just as fast. When you’ve been in a band with peo­ple for 13 years you have these mo­ments where some­body could say, “Pass the honey” and it can start a fight. Like, “Don’t talk to me in that tone!” When was the last time you asked some­one for an au­to­graph? The only time I’ve ever asked for an au­to­graph was when my uncle took me to the Con­cord Pav­il­ion in Cal­i­for­nia and it was [ Star Trek ac­tor] LeVar Bur­ton. The only rea­son I asked him was be­cause my uncle was a re­ally big fan. I’m not a big au­to­graph per­son, I’m def­i­nitely not a “Can I get a picture?” per­son. If I’m hav­ing a cool ex­pe­ri­ence, the last thing I want to do is ask them for a picture. When was the last time you were em­bar­rassed? About 30 sec­onds ago talk­ing about LaVar Bur­ton. Be­sides that, we just played a fes­ti­val in Mex­ico. We were play­ing to about 30,000 peo­ple and I was jump­ing up and down and I fell off­stage. I landed on my feet and kept singing, so it ended up be­ing a tri­umphant mo­ment. There are some videos where I’m like... jump, jump, jump – whooooof! When was the last time you swore at the tele­vi­sion? Prob­a­bly watch­ing [ tele­vi­sion satirist] John Oliver. Not at him, but at some­thing he was show­ing. Prob­a­bly some­thing to do with the cur­rent Pres­i­dent. I’m def­i­nitely not the per­son who wakes up and ru­ins my day with the news. I don’t re­ally sub­scribe to the news in gen­eral. It’s very hard to find some­thing that de­liv­ers with­out try­ing to shock. What’s the last thing you’d do if the world was end­ing? How is the world end­ing? Is it some­thing I can watch? I’d go and try to get some good seats!

Down the tube: hard­core Wham! fan, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal.

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