“Peace & love is so much of a turn on for me”. We have been on the hunt for the right girl for Juggalette Of The Month so long that we almost missed it for this month by about a week.
By chance, Miss Psycho Sideshow was urged by her friends to submit her photos to the site. We instantly fell in love with her. We say that about every girl we pick it seems. That’s because if you’ve ever met any of the girls we choose, you would know that each of them is down to earth, cool ass females to hang out with. The fact that they pretty make it that much easier.
Miss Sideshow isn’t just a pretty face. She makes music, and she rocks the stage hard. She is starting to become a familiar face on the wicked shit scene in the Northern California wicked shit scene. So when we have seen that she wanted to do it, we were excited. We met with Sideshow in Modesto, CA for our photoshoot on one of the roughest parts of town.
You’ll notice most of our background settings for the Juggalette Of The Month articles look like they are in the shadiest of places. The most dangerous looking areas. To us, that looks the most beautiful. That shows that these girls are really down to go get some great shots. This was their chance to shine. What shines better than a diamond in the rough?
We had our eye on a scrap yard on the far end of 9th street. On this side of the bridge, tweakers are roaming on ten speeds. Hookers with tattoos across their throats are hanging from stop sign poles in the center divider and crazy looking abandoned buildings cover in gang graffiti are every few blocks. This was it. In any other situation, if you were here, you were looking for trouble.
Sideshow never mentioned it once. We made our way to the yard of Auto Recyclers Of Modesto. This was an auto dismantler that specialized in Volkswagens. Their entire yard was covered in Volkswagens Beetles. It was an amazing sight. She climbed in and out and on top of rusty car frames until we got the best shots and then made our way across the street to a boarded-up building with its rooftops covered in barbed wire.
Crackheads converged from all over. One lady bummed a cigarette and offered to smoke a joint with us. An older, tattooed method head tweaker walked up to see why we were taking photos and declined our offer to do her photos. A drug dealer rode by on a beach cruiser back and forth. The motel next door had more people in the parking lot than they had rooms in the hotel.
Horns honked as Sideshow lifted her skirt on the side for photos. Her surroundings never phased her once. It was as if it wasn’t about them. It was about her moment. She kept a smile on her face throughout the shoot and it looked like she was having the time of her life. We hit a few locations that day. Each one is even grimmer than the next. With each pose, and every photo taken. For one minute, she made each of those places beautiful.
Name: Miss Psycho Sideshow
City and State: Sacramento, Cali
How where you first introduced to the wicked shit?
I first started listening to rap when I was very young. Probably about seven or eight years old. I didn’t start listening to the wicked shit until I discovered Insane Clown Posse several years later. I heard the opening guitar chords and then the beat for “Chicken Huntin'” and was instantly hooked. Naturally, it evolved from there and I started to listen to a variety of underground horrorcore and wicked shit artists. I started eating up all the dark rap music I could find. On the internet mostly, and local shows. Now my life pretty much revolves around it!
What are some of your favorite artists and bands?
I listen to a little bit of fucking everything. Lots of genres. Rap, metal, electronic, dubstep, rock, goth, industrial, and classical music. Twiztid is my personal favorite Psychopathic artist. ICP, Dark Lotus, Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch, (hed) P.E., Cage, Boondox, Deftones, KoRn, Combichrist, Lacuna Coil, Rob Zombie, Skrillex, Rammstein, Slipknot, Ludwig van Beethoven, Atmosphere, Die Antwoord, Nirvana, Kittie, Otep, Alice Cooper, Meshuggah, Tool, System Of A Down, A Perfect Circle, Portishead, Knife Party, Alice In Chains, Hocico, KMFDM, Static-X, Ayria, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Stevie motherfucking Nicks.
Why do you think you identify with horrorcore music more than other types of genres?
I was a strange little kid and have always been attracted to darker shit since I was still in diapers. I grew up having a huge love for horror and the grotesque, so my love for and eventual heavy involvement in horrorcore was meant to be I guess! I identify with horrorcore because of everything about it. The brutal lyrics, the blood, and the guts, the rawness, and this uncensored world of sometimes really twisted shit, just turns me on, mind and body. It’s a great release to listen to horrorcore for me, too. It’s interesting and stimulating, like watching a good horror movie.
What is the most memorable show you’ve been to and why?
I would have to say the most memorable show I’ve been to is Hallowicked 2008 in Detroit. It was the first time I’d ever been to the D and to see the Insane Clown Posse in their hometown and get totally soaked to the bone with Faygo on Halloween was the absolute shit. There was no drama, all love! I wish I could redo that one over, and over again. Favorite non-wicked shit show? Rammstein.
We know that you make music too, how did you first get into it?
It’s true! I started making music at the age of 3 actually. A lot of people know me as a rapper but I have a long history of music-making. I taught myself to play piano as a kid, and then when I was 11 I was inspired by Kurt Cobain to pick up a guitar and eventually bass. I got into my first band as a teen, started my one-woman goth industrial band at age 16 which eventually evolved into a popular little metal band.
I sang and screamed in that band until 2010 when we broke up. I had started to dabble in rap when I started to produce, record, and do backup vocals for Brutha Smith back in 2008. I didn’t actually start to write my own tracks until October of 2011 when I wrote my very first bars. I was first doing it as an experiment, to see how I liked it. I fucking loved it. I am now in the middle of working on my very first rap album.
“If you have been moved by the wicked shit in some positive way, then you are a Juggalo in my mind”. How would you explain your sound to somebody who hasn’t heard any of your songs?
Oh boy, this is so hard… Everybody has such a varied opinion of what I sound like… I can’t compare my music to any specific artist because I blend many different styles into my music. Do you like chicks who sing all soft and girly? I do that. Is death metal screaming here and there? That’s in there, too. And then of course the rapping part. I can go from sweet-sounding to in-your-face in a second. I am also really picky about my beats as well. I use mainly dubstep-inspired beats, shit that has a lot of melodies but then huge harsh electronic hooks because I love, love, love, electronic music. I would say, listening to my music is like taking a walk through my fucked up head, which kinda resembles the woods Alice got lost in…
Everyone has their own idea of what a Juggalo or a Juggalette is. What does it mean to you?
This definitely does differ from person to person. For me, being a Juggalo or Juggalette isn’t about how much Psychopathic merchandise you own, or how many shows you’ve been too or anything like that. That’s all superficial bullshit. If you have been moved by the wicked shit in some positive way, and it has made some good impact on your life like it has mine, then you are a Juggalo in my mind. We are a community of people who have bonded over similar tastes in music of course, but also certain moral values, too. Instead of feeling like shit for our flaws, we have embraced them and have come together to form a fresh-ass community. A tattoo doesn’t make someone a Juggalo. A Juggalo is what’s in your head and heart.
What are your biggest turn-offs?
Bigots. Come on people, it’s 2012. It’s time to get off the hater shit. Peace & love is so much of a turn on for me. Overly-preachy people, guys, or girls who get wimped out by horror movies, braggers, misogynists, mega-prudes, and boring people. That shit turns me off.
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