Kay Kasparhauser has been flirting with New York since she was born, and now the doll-faced punk princess is stealing our hearts as the front girl of The Prettiots. We’re totally obsessed with Kay and her ukulele pop ensemble, so we caught up with her after a show at Hotel Chantelle to find out what’s up with her.
Photos from the performance at Hotel Chantelle
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Music was cooler when…
Music was cooler when it was harder.
You studied fashion design… What’s your muse for clothes? What looks would you design for The Prettiots on tour?
We always wear matching outfits on stage, we try and stay very like, Tokyo girl pop group meets Clueless with our styling. There are a couple designers I really want to dress us for our tour, like Ammerman Schlosberg.
Fashion trend that belongs in the trash?
Ummm peplums are super ubiquitous and super anxiety producing.
Who’s your favorite movie star?
Well we have one song about Klaus Kinski and one song about Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) so I would probably say one of them. I think I like specific characters more than actual movie stars.
Will you send us iPhone pics of your most/least favorite tattoos?
I sort of love all of my tattoos, even the terrible ones. Except one on my hip I am getting covered. But its not exactly photographable.
Growing up in New York, what was the first time you snuck out to be bad?
Honestly I didn’t sneak out that much, but I would just completely ignore my curfew, so I guess that’s the same thing? I guess I started doing that when I started going to Misshapes in like 10th or 11th grade. I guess before that, like my best friend and I would sneak out of our houses to share a Fantasia cigarette on the skate hills in Washington Square Park, we thought we were pretty bad ass. They were Fantasias…
What was your favorite class in high school?
Definitely art class or English, I dropped science really early on and had to take like three English classes to make up for it. And I would just go to every art class even if I wasn’t enrolled.
Favorite pop star?
France Gall, and Britney. Freddie Mercury.
Favorite NYC bands?
This is a really hard question.
Turn Ons/Turn Offs?
Turn Ons: facial scars, missing/chipped teeth, well read/watched. Turn Offs: Cocaine, clean black Converse.
The most punk thing you’ve ever done?
I chipped my front teeth on a 40, I’ve put my fist through windows and walls, I have a Beavis and Butthead stick and poke.
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Photos by Carlos Santolalla