First of all, please introduce yourself to the Ballbuster readers.
Hi, my name is Harmony Bliss. I'm from Brooklyn, NY. I used to sing in various heavy metal bands in both the NYC/NJ and LA areas. With the influx of MTV-styled bands, most of the music I used to play and enjoy is about as underground as it can get, at least here in the US. In recent years, I have begun working as an exotic model/dancer and have gradually been making a name for myself. I appreciate all the attention I've received. It's been a lot of work but it's also been very full-filling. I am still always open-minded about joining the right band but my schedule is probably too busy to commit to a full-time project.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
I try to go against the blonde stereotype. I don't 'play' guys or burn people. I am not some brain-dead bimbo. I don't do drugs and I don't drink.I am very close to my family and I am educated. Also, I am not a nasty or mean person. Why bother even being alive if you're going to be like that? I try to always be sincere and honest. I don't have it in me to be cold and heartless. It's just not my way. There are too many people already doing that and doing it well! LOL!! It's easy to be a jerk but it takes some effort to be decent. And it's worth that effort! Likewise, I am pretty quiet and reserved in person and I'm sure some people may think I'm a snob because of that. I'm not but it's just that I don't feel the need to break up silence with my own voice unless I have something to say.
What made you decide to start modeling and, have you had any previous experience with it?
I started modeling only a few years ago. My main ambition was to be a singer. For years and years, I tried to make it in the music business but the kind of music i was doing was considered 'dated' by all the trendy media outlets in this country. When i first moved from LA back to NYC in '96, I was involved in a recording project w/ an oldschool thrash bassist who had a home studio. Both of us were busy with jobs and our own lives so we never really got anything going but remained in touch. He considered himself a hack photographer so he contacted me about doing some bikini shoots of me. He sent them to some magazines and they got published. Things just took off from there. I imagine all the years of being onstage as a singer helped me w/ this because I was used to being looked at. It's still very flattering that people think I'm 'hot', though. Sometimes I have to laugh and say "me?"
How do you decide what magazines or websites to become involved in (can you name a few that you've appeared in or will be appearing in).
I've been fortunate that I've been approached by some great photographers and have had recent shoots in various adult magazines that I am very pleased with. These shoots appearances include: SCORE May 2002 - cover/placed as 1st Runner-Up in Newcomer Of The Year Contest as voted by the readers. SCORE December 2001 -spread D-CUP January 2002 -covergirl/spread/centerfold Metal Maidens-I did an interview for this Holland-based mag that focused on my past singing in bands. The people from this magazine are very cool knowledgable fans of 80's metal and were familiar with one of my former bands so they were gracious enough to include me in an issue.
How has the response been to your pictures so far and are you happy with what you've done so far?
The response has been overwhleming, to say the least! There are a zillion busty blonde babes trying to sell themselves so when I get email from people who visit my site or who want to purchase my 8X10's or who have seen my magazine spreads, I am taken back. I really appreciate all the positive replies! I say a huge Thank You to eveyone! Like being in a band, it makes all the hard work worth it when someone you don't know tells you that they are a fan.
What do you hope to accomplish by appearing in magazines, or is t his just a hobby? Would you like to make a career out of it?
I am already making a career out of it. The modeling doesn't cover my bills so I work as an exotic dancer. I suppose that labels me as a 'bad girl' but stereotypes are not always true for dancers. All dancers don't do drugs or alcohol, they don't all have un-wed children, they don't come from abusive families nor are they 'whores' or porn stars, either. Too many negative stereotypes surround girls in this industry and it's just wrong. It's just like the 80's when bands like Iron Maiden and heavy metal fans in general were always accused of being these so-called 'evil devil-worshippers'. It's too common in our society for people to point the finger at others who are different and attempt to brand them as 'immoral' or 'evil'. I personally think the people who feel compelled to brand others and to feed that stereotype by being narrow-minded are the people who are truly 'immoral' and 'evil'. What gives you the right to judge me?
Okay, now, let's talk music. First of all, what are some of your favorite bands?
Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, NIN, old Aeromsith, Queensryche, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Neurosis, Crowbar, Queens Of The Stone Age, Savatage, Soundgarden, Helloween, Tool, and some of the power metal bands with melodic vocals and the twin lead guitars. I love that kind of stuff. I'm a girl, we like melody in our metal! LOL!!!
In your opinion, what are the top rock and roll albums of all time?
Iron Maiden-Killers, Number Of The Beast, Powerslave Judas Priest-Screaming For Vengeance, Sad Wings Of Destiny Aerosmith-Rocks, Toys In The Attic Tool-Aenima Nine Inch Nails-Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral Queensryche-Operation Mindcrime, Warning Fleetwood Mac-Rumors(anything with Stevie Nicks actually. She's a true diva) Alice In Chains-Dirt Cheap Trick-Live At Budakan, Dream Police White Zombie-La Sexorcisto Heart-Little Queen
Since this site & magazine deals with a lot of unsigned/independent bands,what do you look for in an "unknown," ya know, what do they have to do to get your attention and your support?
There has to be melody in the vox. I have seen too many death metal bands that have great riffs but the growling is too one-dimensional for me. It gets old fast. The stuff with moody parts and atmosphere is cool but that black metal shrieking just gets on my nerves. There are a few bands that are exteremly heavy that I do like, Neurosis being a perfect example as they operate a bit outside what the average heavy band does. I've seen them live a few times and enjoy them alot. Crowbar is another. I do like some of the power metal that fans of 'heavier' bands consider cheesy, are appealing to me due to solid vocal melodies, twin guitar leads, and good songwriting. Bands like Blind Guardian and Fates Warning are two that stand out. I'm not really up on the newest bands. I just know I like bands that use melody, groove, and hooks.
Are you active in the music scene or just a fan?
For so many years, I was extremely active because I was always trying to promote whatever band I was in. In LA, I sang in an all-female band and we had a nice little following that would come to all our gigs. Then the whole grunge/alternative trend hit and it kinda killed the heavy metal scene out there. I guess younger audiences were more interested in greasy guys in flannel making noise than spandex-clad babes with lead guitar solos and soaring vocals. Nowadays, I am just an audience member.
Your likes & dislikes on the int'l underground HARD music community.
I like the fact that alot of the younger generation are as pissed as the rest of us that MTV has turned its back on metal as a whole. I personally hate bands like Limp Biscuit, Lincoln Park, Papa Roach, etc, and am really tired of listening to such whining talentless crap being pushed on the airwaves. Keep your rap out of my METAL!!!! You can't spell CRAP without RAP. As far as my likes/dislikes about the US underground: I go to the NJ Metalfest every year. It has been both a good and bad thing. It's good because it's the closest we'll get to a true 'metal festival' since we'll never have the huge ones like they do in Europe. On the bad side, the organizers really burn alot of bands by using the pay-to-play policy and often cutting bands' set times. I won't even comment on the concept of having 2 stages in 1 room seperated by a curtain. I would hope that other fests here in the US, like the Classic Metal Fest in Cleveland, the Progpower fest in Atlanta, and the Powermad fest in Baltimore continue to draw crowds both young and old. They are smaller than the Metalfest series and very DIY but feature some of the most talented and overlooked metal bands in the scene. Do yourself a favor and attend one of these fests in 2002. Never know, you might see me there!!!!!
Any final words to the people who will be looking at your pictures and reading this interview?