All our users have voices to be heard and stories to tell – and this is finally the time to start introducing you to our community members. There are dozens of small groups, communities, games and projects hiding below the surface and we want to give them some exposure. Our twelfth community member to interview is @tipsforteens – the lady behind the scenes who gave us loads of hints, tips and recommendations in times of need!

1. Hey there! Please introduce yourself to the community, tell us a little bit more about yourself!
I’m Keo. That’s my nickname, but I’ve also always thought it sounded like a cute little animal that’s so sweet and cuddly and you’re cuddling and then it attacks your ass with no orifice left unbleeding (is that a word? Eh.). But, that’s not really me, that’s koalas who are much more dangerous than people give them credit for being. Anyway, I’m a History major who also knows a lot of random facts.

2. Staccato questions about music!

  • What’s the furthest you’ve gone to a gig..?
    Tennessee for Bonnaroo! I went in 2007 and 2008. 2007 was AMAZING.
  • Have you ever cancelled a flight to go to a gig?
    Hahaha, I’ve never even been on a plane, man. The first time I’ll be on a plane is this summer when I head to Scotland.
  • ..or skipped an exam?
    I left an exam early to see Franz Ferdinand in Philadelphia, but nah, I generally abide by the rule that it’s cool 2 stay in school.
  • Has music ever made you a friend?
    One of the oldest friends I have I met while talking in a Blur chatroom. That was when I was 12. I’ll be seeing her next month and we’re gonna watch Behind the Candelabra together.
  • When were you last disappointed with a musician?
    Kevin Barnes‘ whole neo-soul kick. I understand he’s an artist and has to get all kinds of phases out of his system, but I don’t think he got the memo that Solange even bores her own family.
  • Have you ever written/been written a song?
    No, but this guy wrote me a pretty dope ass poem on the bus once. He told me not to read it until he was gone. I took it and was like, “Oh, this corny ass shit”, but it was incredibly lovely! Never saw him again, but I still remember that.
  • Have you ever stumbled upon music somewhere you weren’t expecting it?
    I once heard Richard Ashcroft‘s “A Song for Lovers” playing in JCPenney and was instantly commanded to sexydance in the Housewares section by an unknown force.
  • When was the last time you cried over music?
    It really doesn’t matter if its a funeral or in the drive-thru at Hardee’s but if I hear Josh Groban‘s “You Raise Me Up” I’m going to cry. I don’t even want to be crying to that song. But, I’ll just take it and cry and let Joshie G raise me y’all.
  • Is there any activity that you can’t do by music?
    Reading. Just… it’s oxymoronical (is that a word? Eh).
  • What are the bands, musicians, genres that you’ve taken with you as a family heritage?
    FUNK. My Dad has magnificent music taste. I recently stole one of his Gap Band CDs until he called me demanding it back.

3. What’s your best story that relates to one specific piece of music (and what would that be)?
Well, this is the best one, but I sometimes worry telling it makes me sound a bit bitter now. But, whatever, it’s a fabulous story:

So, in 2008, I was going to as many of Montreal shows as I could. My then boyfriend was supposed to be going with me, but he’d actually just left me for a friend of his. So, I went with a mutual friend. We ended up meeting the band, and I told Jamie, the then bassist what was going on. I think either I insisted or my friend insisted we should call him. So, we did and left a voicemail message which I punctuated by yelling, “AND EAT A DICK”, into the phone.

4. Can you share a playlist with us of your favourite stuff? (YouTube, Spotify, anything goes! If so, what’s there to know about that playlist?)

– it’s a playlist of Soul Train line videos. If you don’t want to watch the shit out of that I don’t want to KNOW YOU. Pretty sure I saw my Dad in one of these. Really it was someone who just looked a lot like him. A Daddleganger.

5. Recommend us some new platforms or ways to find new music on!
I honestly just randomly listen to things, and then my friends recommend me some stuff and I’m like “OH THIS IS GOOD” and that’s how I find music. It used to be a lot easier. For example: Are they British? Check. Are they attractive? Check. Alright, let’s listen to some tunes, Keo!

6. What are 3 AMAZING non-music works of art that you’ve digested recently? (Books, films, fashion, anything!)
I just finished a semester so I just read a lot of shit:

  • Books: The Epidemic by Jonathan Engel is the most easily accessible, plus I don’t want to load this down with DEPRESSING HISTORY STUFF ™.
  • Films: I’m excited for Behind the Candelabra I tell ya what.

7. Where and how does music and your professional life intertwine?
C’mon, Damage, do you see how many F bombs I’ve dropped in this interview? I have no professional life.

8. This game came up at the April Tastebuds meetup – at a table of six which musicians would be your ideal drinking buddies? (Could be alive, dead or even undead!)
This is pretty hard as I’ve only thought about what musicians I’d have sex with. Let’s see:

I would pick a rapper so he could just buy all of our drinks, but eh, maybe next time.

9. How did you find Tastebuds and what do you like most about it?
Y’know, I honestly don’t remember. I think someone I went out an awkward date once told me about it. I like how cozy it is. It’s like a little internet Cheers.

10. Which Tastebuds user should we make the next mini-interview with and why?
My buddy @RonSwansong. He does an education themed monthly DJ night in Baltimore with four other educators called I Do We Do You Do and it’s pretty cool.

Give that user two extra questions that you have for him!
Q1: What was the inspiration for I Do We Do You? I forgot. I’m sorry.
Q2. We are in a hypothetical band. Should we sound like Sparks or The B-52s (there’s only one right answer to this)?