This past June Meg Myers played not one but three shows in NYC! We took that opportunity to catch her live and ask her some questions. Meg dishes on her musical influences and the craziest thing that’s happened to her on tour so far!
How old were you when you first started writing music?
When I was 12 years old I started playing the keyboard–whatever was lying around my house... and piano and just kind of making up stuff on that. And, when I was 13, because all these instruments were lying around our house, my brother started teaching me bass and I picked up guitar. I just started teaching myself and I think he taught me a few power chords–and then I just started writing stuff. I feel like my brother just wanted to be really good at an instrument, mostly guitar, because we grew up listening to a lot of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and he was just obsessed with becoming a really good guitarist and that wasn’t really my thing. I wanted to be really good at writing songs.
What are your influences?
First off, I think it’s really cool that I’ve been compared to PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, Sinead O’Connor, Alanis Morissette, and like, Tori Amos; I feel like as I get older and older that is exactly what I want to be compared to–that is awesome. Because, the cool thing about those artists is that they were really powerful and they had something really powerful to say and they were so talented and feminine [yet] masculine and I think that is so cool and that’s the genre I’d like to be compared to for sure. But back to your question, I didn’t grow up listening to those people, I maybe heard a song from Tori Amos when I was younger but I didn’t even know who they were, which is cool that I’ve kind of developed this style that is reminiscent of that, but I listened to mostly male artists like Sting, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, a lot of classic rock and I was really influence by Nirvana, Alice in Chains and that whole grunge scene. As far as the women I was influenced by, I was influenced by a lot of folk music.
How would you describe your music?
Oh that’s a good question… My music is crazy!!! Crazy balls. I would describe it as… I feel like I always struggle with this one, I feel like I had the answer there for a minute and then I forgot it. My music is raw–raw and primal and emotional, but it also has a 90s vibe but in a modern way because there are electronic elements mixed in. I guess to genre-ize it, I usually tell people it’s alternative rock and dark pop.
Wait, I have my iPhone right here! Oh my god, the last song I listened to was The Lion King, “The Circle of Life.”
What's the first album you remember buying?
Well, the first cassette that was ever bought for me by my mom or my dad was Jewel, Pieces of You. Which is still one of my favorite albums. And then I think the first CD my dad got for me, it was actually autographed so I think he bought it, was Shawn Colvin.
How has your life changed since music became your full time career and you quit waitressing?
It’s definitely changed a lot; it’s weird to think about that. I definitely am working more than I was while I was waitressing but obviously it’s something I love so it’s okay–it’s great! But it's one of those things where everything is still work no matter what it is when you’re doing it all the time. So… how has my life changed? Well I don’t think I’m around people as much. I mean, I’m around people in the music industry, but I’ve become less of a social person because I don’t go to a job every day. Waitressing was something I did for 10-12 years, supporting my music–trying to make that happen, and now that it’s happened it’s like I would say my “job” is more demanding and it is more stressful because I take it more seriously since it’s actually something I love and care about.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Spending too much time on the internet looking at gorillas. I love gorillas so much and today I spent half an hour to an hour looking [online] at baby deer!
Oooh! I can think of something that drives me crazy! When it’s just me or with other people and I’m sitting down at the dinner table and it’s completely silent and there’s just eating and no music. Or, when we’re in the car and it’s just silent. I just don’t like complete silence when I’m with other people… I get really awkward. And the dinner table thing–I can hear people eating and it’s just really quiet and I start sweating and stuff.
What's your craziest tour story?
On the second show of the tour, a fan came up to me and told me she masturbates to the “Desire” music video! She looked like a mom and I just didn’t expect that–then she just walked up to me and was like, “Oh my god, I just had to tell you how much your music means to me…” and that she just masturbates to that video and the main scene where I get lifted in the air is the part she gets off to. She told me it was so erotic and I just thanked her.
When you're not on tour what can you be found doing on a Friday night?
Well, today I’m sick but on a normal Friday I’m usually found staying in! I try to get to bed early and I’m pretty boring. I mean I have a piano and I’ll play, and sometimes I try to unwind and watch a movie. I would say I very very rarely go out and even when I do, I don’t know... I’m not much of a partier any more–I’m just trying to stay healthy. If I do go out, it’s with a close friend or my boyfriend or something and doing something really chill!
What's a random fact about yourself?
I feel like there are so many random things that I do that it’s hard to pick one! Oh I have a cicada that I got off a boat in Tennessee when I was 10 and I keep it in a little magnifying glass. I also used to have two pet rats! I’ve had lizards, mice, and hamsters–and a bunny too!