3:11 PM EST, November 13, 2012
Even as a child, Victoria Vox knew music was her plan.
"I decided that I was going to be a singer when I was 6," the 34-year-old Baltimore resident said. "I loved the way music moved me."
The Green Bay, Wisc., native — and ukulele fan — has toured in 45 states and in France, England, Italy and Australia. This year, she challenged herself to write one original song per week. In week 46, she is still sticking to her commitment.
Vox also regularly performs at the Creative Alliance, where she'll be a part of the Streets of Baltimore show, showcasing old and new songs about our city. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; $12-$17).
Vox has started a uketronica band, Boombox Séance, and she will begin recording her next full-length album in January. She recently took time to discuss her love for original music, California band Sea of Bees and more.
Worst pet peeve? Talking about doing something or making change, but never following through or taking action.
What song are you hating/loving right now? While I was in Seattle recording with Boombox Séance, I attended a studio concert and heard the Sacramento-based band called Sea of Bees. I bought the vinyl record "Songs for the Ravens" after hearing two songs. It's been on repeat here at the house.
Last concert/gig you went to? As a performer, I get to see quite a bit of music. It's part of being on the bill. But the last concert I went to, strictly as an attendee was for Sea of Bees.
Your worst habit? Playing hermit when I'm home off the road. Procrastination. Reiterating. Giving people more than what they ask for … oh wait … you only wanted one worst habit.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Plastic bags.
Most memorable performing experience? This is a tough one, but perhaps opening for Jackson Browne at the International Acoustic Guitar Festival in Sarzana, Italy. I was the featured ukulele act. The concert was held inside the fortress walls and very magical.
What's on your iPod? Amadou & Miriam, Billy Nayer Show, Greg Brown, Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, 10cc (to name a few...)
Last video that made you laugh? Jimmy Fallon, Christina Aguilera and the Roots sing "Your Body," with office supplies as instruments.
Last great book you read? I was late to getting to this one, but I loved it: "The Music Lesson," by Victor Wooten.
Food you hate? Fast food.
Musical influence? Everything.
Favorite place to get a drink? Clementine in Hamilton or Rye in Fells Point.
TV shows you can't get enough of? I don't own a television by choice. Wanna listen to records, though?
Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? I love mixing old (vintage) with the new and creating original looks.
Best advice you ever got? Love many, trust few, paddle your own canoe.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? This is a city where anything goes.
AS TOLD TO IAN ZELAYA
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