Mixing together the likeness of punk, rock, ska, and doo-wop, Krista D has been making music since her teenage years, into adulthood, with no plans on stopping. Her most recent release being an EP titled "Look at me... I'm Krista D", plans ahead are just to keep creating and releasing more music! That is precisely what she Krista D goes into detail about, nothing but the music from her word of mouth!
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
I'm a singer-songwriter and this is one of my 3 studio projects.
I've been recording on and off since I was a teenager but took some time off from music and began working primarily as a visual artist. Now I'm trying to juggle both a music career and an art career.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
I started recording as a kid, so the name came about simply because I didn't put much thought into it. My name was Krista Doucet, so, Krista D it was. I did continue using it for a mildly more interesting reason though. My earliest recordings were in the christian music genre. I decided to keep recording as Krista D and then visually re-branded to allude to the character Sandra Dee from the film Grease. I figured since Sandy had a good girl to bad girl type transition in the movie; referencing the movie would imply that I'm no longer recording for that market or part of that lifestyle. Not everyone will catch it of course, but it might be obvious to people who are familiar with the movie.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? >Are there any local bands you could recommend?
I'm based out of Edmonton, Alberta and I moved here from New Brunswick. Right now I'm far more enmeshed in the visual arts scene but have been actively trying to get more involved in the music scene. Two great performances I've checked out recently were by a band called Reifer Madness and a guy named Jay Gilday. Opposite ends of the spectrum genre-wise but both amazing artists in their own right. There's a talented singer-songwriter named Nuela Charles who is based here, she does beautiful work, and I'm planning on checking out an upcoming performance by a cool band called Jr. Gone Wild.
4. How would you describe your style?
I was trying to mix a sugary vibe with a bit of sass. So it's punk rock/ska/50's style harmonies & doo-wop.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your
This is my third release as Krista D, but this is the first release where I'll have a cohesive sounding album. My earlier recordings were very eclectic and I would switch from genre to genre throughout the album. This EP has some selected, re-released/remastered, tracks from my last album, alongside some new singles. I decided to compartmentalize my songwriting, opposed to putting out another recording that can come across like a mix tape. Krista D is the name I'll release any punk rock/ska/doo-wop tracks I write and the other two projects will be where I release soft rock and experimental hard rock tracks.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
I do! Lot's actually. I have a weird experimental rock project coming out soon-ishly, it will be released under the band name Hooha and the Peter Guns. I am also finishing up a soft rock EP which will be released under the name Molly Grue. Those projects are far angrier and gloomier than this project.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Right now I'm working on solidifying an official band line-up which enables me to play locally, but I already have a band line-up for if I do a secondary EP release on the East Coast. So, things are in the works, but nothing solid and shareable at the moment.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Just to keep creating and releasing music.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to, and buy it on Bandcamp: https://theoriginalkristad.bandcamp.com/. It is also available on most digital platforms, such as Apple Music, Spotify or online radio stations like Pandora.
If anyone would like a hard copy, it would have to be through messaging me directly on my FB band page: https://www.facebook.com/theoriginalkristad/.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
I guess I'd like them to remember that I'm not just churning out songs like they're a product that I want to sell. If I've recorded a song, it's meant something to me or I've experienced an emotion strong enough to spark it. Things like that are important to me when I'm listening to music so I guess I'd want people to know that about my process.