Monday August 5 2013
Through many mutual friends I became acquainted with musician and writer Jane Chardiet, but it was through her Twitter feed that I began to think she would fit as a contributor for 13:13. Her wit and honesty are in your face. After some thought, I asked if she’d like to do an advice column, to be named “Ask Jane Pain” as she as known as. We get acquainted with Jane in the following interview.
1. Astrological Sign: Very Virgo.
2. Currently working on: A zine, a full length Foreplay LP, being more patient.
3. Currently reading: Reaching out with No Hands, Reconsidering Yoko Ono by Lisa Carver. Not the hugest Yoko Ono fan [only because I was formerly not too familiar, aside from some of her pop songs], but I picked up the book because Lisa ‘Suckdog’ Carver is my one of my heroes.
4. Last record listened to: German Army, “Endless Phonics”.
5. Best advice you’ve been given: When I was young, my Mother was hospitalized for a long period of time and my sister and I were passed around friends and family members until she recovered. We did not attend the end of our school year, and the whole experience was really jarring, overwhelming and confusing for such a small child, especially when I felt that I needed to protect my little sister and not show any ingratitude towards those who were taking care of us.
While in the care of my Father’s friend Lisa, she gave me a little Hello Kitty journal with a heart shaped lock and my own pen. She told me that sometimes when she was sad; writing down her feelings helped her feel better. This gesture touched me so much and changed the entire course of my life. She was, and still is, right. Writing is one of the only things that ever really makes me feel better when I am in pain.
6. Worst advice you’ve been given: Maybe teenage girls who gave me tips on how to starve myself.
7. Current obsessions: “Pity For The Self” by Poesie Noire, cheap slime colored nail polish, getting out of New York City.
8. Vices of choice: Right now it would either be consuming large bags of popcorn in one sitting and consuming $3.00 bottles of Trader Joes brand Rose in one sitting.
9. Favorite place: In the company of my sister, Margaret.
10. Someone or something you are inspired by: Every honest woman, some honest men.
11. Tell us about Foreplay, and the Waitress: Foreplay is my noise project with my boyfriend, Christopher Hansell. It began as an outlet to work through past traumas that affected our relationship with each other and has since evolved past that. It is really interesting to make music with your partner. I had never done that before, and I think it is a really special connection to share with someone you love. I’ve learned a lot, in a lot of ways by writing and performing as Foreplay.
The Waitress is my multimedia performance project. I began the project because I was a miserable waitress and felt that music had completely failed to address the strange, disgusting power dynamics and cruelty that exist in the service industry. I play noise and wear a cheap Waitress costume often forcing the audience to participate in the performance to varying degrees.
Early performances included me being dommed live, chasing a dollar on a stick while being beaten and spit on, handing out checks at the end of my set with suggestions for restaurant patrons. These performances evolved into me scoring movies that I made, in collaboration with Ciarra Black, Miles Pflanx and Michael Thomas Vassallo. Scoring a movie live allows me to say much more. Everything is food/ food worker themed. The most recent movie was titled “REVENGE” and is a campy horror revenge fantasy. Not sure of that project’s future, as I no longer work with food, but I hope to record our last set and release the video, at least.
12. Plans for the future: Submerge myself completely in writing and art. Work at nothing else.
13. Last thing you do before bed: I kiss Chris or Calvin [my Siamese cat] goodnight, tell one of them that I love them and then curl into the fetal position on my right side.
Shot in Brooklyn, NY by Becka Diamond. To ask advice of Jain Pain, email [email protected] Follow her adventures on Twitter @coldforever .