Automatic Loveletter Interview with Juliet Simms
With so many female-fronted bands out there these days, Automatic Loveletter (Paper + Plastick Records) is not your average one . They tour relentlessly, interact with their fans, and try their best to make sure you always get your moneys worth at their shows.
This summer Automatic Loveletter (Paper + Plastick Records) is releasing their first acoustic album, The Kids will take their Monsters On.” on Paper + Plastick Records and heading out all summer long on the Warped Tour. Stripped down to the basics, it’s sure to catch your ear and give you a great album to enjoy on those long summer days.
When Enoch Magazine had the chance to interview Juliet Simms (the singer and guitar player of Automatic Loveletter) we jumped and the chance
Enoch Magaizine : What was your inspiration behind “The Kids Will Take Their Monsters On” and what was the recording process like.
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : The record was recorded at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Mainly, it was Shane, Woods, and myself spending sometimes up to 16 hours in the studio. My brother Tommy, my friends Skylar Astin and Davey, the bloke who ran the whole studio at Hurley also came in and helped out periodically. We went into recording a bit blindfolded. No pre-pro really haha..just took the songs I had written and started laying the acoustics down and building the songs from there.
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : The inspiration… well… it was just something I sort of had to do. I wanted to do it for the kids of today.. let them know they’re not alone. The concept is pretty plain when you listen to some of the lyrics or even just reading the album title.
Enoch Magazine : Girl singers often take a bad wrap in the music industry or they now only get compared to Haley Williams from Paramore. What sets your band out from all the other female fronted groups?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : Ummmm haha I guess what sets me apart is I’m not just a singer. I write almost everything. I play instruments…unlike a lot of female-fronted bands who have a slew of at least four other members to help contribute to the music, touring, social networks etc… When it comes down to it, ALL started with me as a kid, in my bedroom, on my bed with a dream that I still carry today..
Enoch Magazine : Female singers are often portrayed in the media and music scene as sex symbols and then as actual musicians. How do you feel about this? Do you feel you’ve had this problem?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : It’s true. Who can blame the people who’ve put this label on females in music though? Girls are sexy, especially when they’re on stage singing and playing instruments. haha.. It’s only a problem when you’re sacrificing your self worth and integrity. I admit my music video for a song called “Heart Song” was a bit risqué but it’s a dirty rock n’ roll song and that’s what the music video called for. I knew what I was doing. I could have told the story using another girl actress but heck if i was going to let that happen.
Enoch Magazine : Warped Tour is a crazy circus; so many bands, so many dates and so many new friends. Are you looking forward to Warped Tour this year?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : YES!!!!
Enoch Magazine : Also can you tell our readers what it’s like to be a part of the warped tour and what your day to day looks like?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : It’s like being apart of a huge, massive family of mutants. Day starts at the butt crack of dawn and doesn’t end until the buses start rolling out to the next city at sometimes 3AM. It’s hot, tiring, long, dirty but filled with music, friends, new stories and an unspoken love for everyone you get to have the pleasure of spending a summer with..ok sometimes it’s spoken.
Enoch Magazine : There are so many bands and young musicians today and the completion gets more and more every year. What advice do you have for musicians who want to make music their full time career?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : Go for it. Don’t suck though. Commit yourself fully and be competent and you can achieve anything:)
Enoch Magazine : As you tour a lot I am sure you see that Homelessness in America is a real problem. How do you feel about homelessness and can you remember any specific experiences with the homeless you may have had?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : I lived out of my car at 17 in LA, crashed at friends’ houses on their couches and kept all my belongings in my trunk. I slept in it a few times. It was my choice to be honest… I could have been back home in Florida with a roof and a room, but I had goals and dreams to make come true. I feel bad for the guy laying on the sidewalk in Skid Row but never myself. I love being able to pick up and go anywhere..I am a gypsy 100%.
Enoch Magaine : When Economic times are hard it seems people give up on the search for the American Dream. What do you think the American Dream is and are you searching for it?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : House with a white picket fence, married, 2.5 kids, 150k a year. NOPE! Thank you.. Although that American dream is nice for some people. It’s not my dream. My dreams are consistently growing and limitless… the above stops at some point. I’d get so bored haha..
Enoch Magazine : If you had the chance to sit down and have dinner with one celebrity who would you pick and what would you ask them and why?
Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter) : David Bowie. “So, hi. Umm what are you gonna order? That sounds delicious I’ll have the same.”
Be Sure to read the review of their new record “The Kids Will Take their Monsters On”
We also had the chance to catch up with Juliet Simms at Warped Tour 2011.