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Busch Gardens: Meet Sylvie, the face of Howl-O-Scream

This year's Howl-O-Scream, the Halloween event at Busch Gardens in Tampa, is fronted by a rock singer named Sylvie. Her character is a hard-driven, sexy, secretive, rockin' guitar player with a missing boyfriend (she took over his band), and there's something going on with missing fingers. Sylvie's band, now called MyX, performs twice each night of Howl-O-Scream, where she has her own haunted house, shrines erected and protesters. We talked about some of this -- without pointing fingers, mind you -- during her road trip to Orlando.

Q: What can you tell us about your haunted house?

A: It's an awesome concept because it's kind of like you're going backstage to a concert. You know, and my band's playing. … I grew up sneaking backstage to shows and stuff, so to me it's actually really scary because I actually had people yelling at me "What are you doing backstage? Where's your backstage pass?" To me, it was legitimately scary because I got yelled at a lot doing that. There are extra surprises in there that I don't want to let out, but it's a pretty great house. So GO!

Q: Are people giving you thumbs-up for your performances?

A: They better had given me thumbs-up! All fingers up! So far, it's been a really great reaction -- a lot of people who know the lyrics and really rock out.

Q: How about those folks holding up signs saying that your music is bad for today's youth?

A: I don't know who let those people in the park, but I want them dead.

Q: Do you have more male fans or more female fans?

A: It's pretty equal, honestly. There are a lot of girls that are into the girl power -- they really appreciate it -- and a looooot of boys.

Q: Tell us about your missing boyfriend.

A: I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't know where he is … He just left without telling anyone.

Q: And then you just stepped in?

A: I had to. He started a great project, but he broke my heart. He left me. He killed me.

Q: How has the band changed since you started?

A: The music originally, I feel, was originally not deep enough, a little shallow. So when I took over the band … it got honest.

Q: What scares you?

A: Not much scares me -- I'm a rock star.

Q: Is Florida scary?

A: Yeah, I have about 12 bugbites on me, mosquito bites.

Q: Are love bugs scary?

A: No, they're not scary, they're annoying. They stick in my hair a lot.

Q: What do you do in Tampa when you're not at Howl-O-Scream?

A: I kinda lock myself away. I like to be alone a lot of the time. I do keep my eyes open for that special inspiration. So, if anyone wants to come to my concerts, they might be my next inspiration.

Q: Tell us a secret.

A: I like to keep my secrets pretty secret, but if you listen to the lyrics to my songs closely, I think you'll know all my secrets.

Howl-O-Scream runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Sunday, Oct. 31.

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