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Viva Phx Q & A: Treasurefruit

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Phoenix-based Treasurefruit is comprised of Anamieke Quinn, Ehren Stonner and Matt Ventre. The band will perform at 7 P.M. on March 7 at Last Exit Live.

Read The Spec‘s Q&A with vocalist Anamieke Quinn…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
I think it was the KOOL FM great reunion show with Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and more. I was a loyal listener and won tickets, it was held at Westworld. I remember it was insanely hot and kind of awesome to see those folks on a small outdoor stage, just right there. Also, I was like 10 years old and my best friend and I were dropped off for the day, so that was rad.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Jack White. Always and forever.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Probably the first real (non-coffeehouse) show I did was my 21st birthday at the Crooked Bar/Coconut Teaszer on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. We were Anamieke and the Elements back then. I was on fretless bass and had a pianist, drums, hand drums/percussion and a phenomenal electric jazz violinist rocking the solos with a delay pedal. The most memorable part was afterward, when we went to the Saddle Ranch to exercise my new right to drink alcohol. I got my first-ever Mai Tai, rode the mechanical bull and broke my thumb trying to hang on. Brilliant.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Mmm. Jack White again. Maybe get Josh Homme in the mix, with that other guy from Eagles of Death Metal. Yeah.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
When I was a kid, we leased a room to a world-renowned astrologer that would teach classes in our closed-in garage. So I grew up learning all the ins and outs of the zodiac and have a pretty good track record of guessing peoples signs, sometimes to the date.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Well when I’m not Treasurefruiting, I’m playing in Ruca or The Sara McAllister Band and chipping away at my Sidepony Music calendar, which involves a lot of going out and supporting shows of our colleagues. I also ride my bike, make French desserts, and spin an exorbitant amount of records each day.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Elliott Smith

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Going to see my mom sing at the Jazz In AZ festival in Fountain Hills, on an extremely hot summer day.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
Once I was playing in a seaside town in Scotland and a local drew a pencil sketch of me during my performance and gave it to me afterward. Very cool.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We are currently working on the album, but do have a song out there. It’s called “Giddy Up,” about our fleeting mortality we become more and more aware of each day, and is inspired by one of the greatest songs ever written (in my opinion) “Ghost Riders In The Sky,” which we often cover as well.

Xperience you will never forget.
When I was 16, I performed with Phish as one of the yodeling cowgirls in their “Harpua” saga, complete with my upright bass. It was at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas, Dec. 6, 1996. John McEuen from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played slide guitar with us, and Larry LaLonde and Les Claypool of Primus were also there that night. We all jammed on the finale together too, and it’s available on DVD/CD now.

One Comment

  1. Excellent song-I really enjoyed that.

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