Nine Questions

Wendy van Leuveren

Wendy van Leuveren is an online marketing consultant, social media manager and event coordinator. When she isn't organizing and promoting local art, dance or film industry events, she's involved by photographing them. If you're lucky, she might do a Dutch clog dance for you.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Besides my friends' bands' shows? Duran Duran with the Cranberries. I had to sneak out of the house in order to see them ... and then promptly fell asleep during the headlining set.

What are you listening to these days?

Right now, Empire of the Sun, Sebastien Tellier, Kavinsky, Metronomy and the xx are on my playlists.

What was the first album you owned?

I was living in Holland at the time and was given my cool aunt's hand-me-downs, so I actually had four records: Blondie, Parallel Lines; Prince, Purple Rain; Fleetwood Mac, Rumours; and the single "P.S." by the Dolly Dots (a Dutch pop band).

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Music from the '90s. Obviously, many talented artists and interesting ideas came out of that era, but, god, if it wasn't depressing!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Pixies.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Why feel guilty about anything I do, especially when it's pleasurable?

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Thinking Back", by Kraak & Smaak during an Irish-style wake would be nice.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Reggie and the Full Effect made me realize that music can be excellent and humorous at the same time. The lead singer has a few alternate personas; the band is composed of oft-changing members from other groups like the Get Up Kids, From Autumn to Ashes, etc.; and they put on a great live show.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Aesop Rock, Labor Days, and Deltron 3030 by Del the Funky Homosapien with DJ Kid Koala, have both stood the test of time.

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