Ten Weird Questions with Sylvana Joyce

How many bands do you know that smash blues rock into Balkan folk and make toe-tapping, heel-stomping music from it? Good news! Now you can divide by your answer, because Sylvana Joyce & the Moment are that rocking band. You can hear their single "The Break" on YouTube.

Need more proof than your own two ears? Sylvana won the 5th Annual Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Competition in NYC, and she took the time to answer some questions for us.
Photo: Michael Romaszewicz How many bands do you know that smash blues rock into Balkan folk and make toe-tapping, heel-stomping music from it? Good news! Now you can divide by your answer, because Sylvana Joyce & the Moment are that rocking band. You can hear their single "The Break" on YouTube. Need more proof than your own two ears? Sylvana won the 5th Annual Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Competition in NYC, and she took the time to answer some questions for us.
1. What person (living or dead) would you duel, and what’s your choice of weapon?

This might be a play on words, but I'd like to have a piano duel between myself and Mozart. Now THAT would be fun.
Photo: Michael Romaszewicz 1. What person (living or dead) would you duel, and what’s your choice of weapon? This might be a play on words, but I'd like to have a piano duel between myself and Mozart. Now THAT would be fun.
2. What’s the last dream you remember? What do you think it meant?

Lately, I've been revisiting the schools of my past - even elementary school. I remember part of the dream was walking all the way to the top floor of the school where the higher grade's classes were, thinking bittersweetly, after this year, I can leave! I'm hoping it's an allusion to me finally graduating the school of hard knocks. Haha, here's to hoping.
Photo: Michael Miller 2. What’s the last dream you remember? What do you think it meant? Lately, I've been revisiting the schools of my past - even elementary school. I remember part of the dream was walking all the way to the top floor of the school where the higher grade's classes were, thinking bittersweetly, after this year, I can leave! I'm hoping it's an allusion to me finally graduating the school of hard knocks. Haha, here's to hoping.
3. What respected/beloved musical acts bore you?

I'm bored by musical acts who employ gags and gimmicks on stage just for the shock value. I understand the purpose and entertainment value of a gimmick, but I think those tricks that are truly entertaining are still tasteful and have a direct relation to the greater message of the music, while remaining true to the artist.
Photo: Don Lee 3. What respected/beloved musical acts bore you? I'm bored by musical acts who employ gags and gimmicks on stage just for the shock value. I understand the purpose and entertainment value of a gimmick, but I think those tricks that are truly entertaining are still tasteful and have a direct relation to the greater message of the music, while remaining true to the artist.
4. If you could get away with one crime, what would it be?

Robbing a bank? ::giggles:: I'd dress up like a '20s gangster and frighten the tellers while cackling maniacally. "Tell them coppers that Sly Joyce paid ya a visit!" and then I'd settle back home quietly and finally pay off my college loans.
sylvana joyce sing Michael Romaszewicz 4. If you could get away with one crime, what would it be? Robbing a bank? ::giggles:: I'd dress up like a '20s gangster and frighten the tellers while cackling maniacally. "Tell them coppers that Sly Joyce paid ya a visit!" and then I'd settle back home quietly and finally pay off my college loans.
5. What's the worst date you've had?

I made the mistake of going out on a date when I had broken up with my ex only a few days beforehand. I hadn't given myself enough time to grieve, and I ended up drinking a little too much during the date. Somehow we ended up back at his place, and he's putting some romantic music on, and what should start playing but what my ex and I decided was "our song." I burst into tears and was so embarrassed that I left...without shoes on. Went all the way home, shoeless; I was mortified.
Photo: Winston Woo 5. What's the worst date you've had? I made the mistake of going out on a date when I had broken up with my ex only a few days beforehand. I hadn't given myself enough time to grieve, and I ended up drinking a little too much during the date. Somehow we ended up back at his place, and he's putting some romantic music on, and what should start playing but what my ex and I decided was "our song." I burst into tears and was so embarrassed that I left...without shoes on. Went all the way home, shoeless; I was mortified.
6. What's a piece of pop culture you love but no one else remembers? (song, TV show, commercial, book, etc.)

I can't stop singing commercial jingles. There were some really good ones...Big Red, Winterfresh, Kit-Kat, Mentos... Why don't they do that anymore? Half the stuff I bought as a kid was based on the quality of the jingle. I love the look on people's faces when I start humming them, it transports them to the past but they can't quite remember where they know the melody from. What do you think took the place of jingles in commercials, these days? More boobs? I don't know. Bring back the jingles!
Photo: Michael Romaszewicz 6. What's a piece of pop culture you love but no one else remembers? (song, TV show, commercial, book, etc.) I can't stop singing commercial jingles. There were some really good ones...Big Red, Winterfresh, Kit-Kat, Mentos... Why don't they do that anymore? Half the stuff I bought as a kid was based on the quality of the jingle. I love the look on people's faces when I start humming them, it transports them to the past but they can't quite remember where they know the melody from. What do you think took the place of jingles in commercials, these days? More boobs? I don't know. Bring back the jingles!
7. Would you rather encounter a ghost, aliens, or Bigfoot? Why?

For me, it's a tie between aliens and ghosts. Honestly, anything that broadens our scope of how the Universe works would be fantastic; I'm convinced that the human race has a lot to learn. I spend way too much time fantasizing about other dimensions and the inner-workings of the fabric of this reality - I love sci-fi and the occult.
Photo: Jonesar Studios 7. Would you rather encounter a ghost, aliens, or Bigfoot? Why? For me, it's a tie between aliens and ghosts. Honestly, anything that broadens our scope of how the Universe works would be fantastic; I'm convinced that the human race has a lot to learn. I spend way too much time fantasizing about other dimensions and the inner-workings of the fabric of this reality - I love sci-fi and the occult.
8. What's the most inexplicable attraction you've ever had to someone?

Haha, I would say that the best attractions are completely irrational. Just pure pheromones and basic instinct. It's taken me a while because I'm so drawn to intellect, but I've learned to listen to my body and let her lead the way with finding a mate. The weirdest thing I learned about that is that smell - someone's natural smell - is VERY important to me. It doesn't matter to me how impressive your resume is or how toned your body is - my pheromone-smelling nose doesn't lie! ::chuckle:: The worst is when one of my crushes left a sweater at my apartment. I couldn't stop catching a whiff...
Photo: Michael Romaszewicz 8. What's the most inexplicable attraction you've ever had to someone? Haha, I would say that the best attractions are completely irrational. Just pure pheromones and basic instinct. It's taken me a while because I'm so drawn to intellect, but I've learned to listen to my body and let her lead the way with finding a mate. The weirdest thing I learned about that is that smell - someone's natural smell - is VERY important to me. It doesn't matter to me how impressive your resume is or how toned your body is - my pheromone-smelling nose doesn't lie! ::chuckle:: The worst is when one of my crushes left a sweater at my apartment. I couldn't stop catching a whiff...
9. Here's a one-way plane ticket to anywhere. Where will you go?

London, England. I studied at the Royal College of Music there as a pianist during my junior year in college. Many of my friends got homesick, but I had the time of my life - I was so pissed I had to return to the States. England was the perfect amalgamation of New World and Old World, so as the daughter of an immigrant, I felt at home. And British men are HOT! Anyone with a proper London accent instantly attracts me...so damn sexy...
Photo: Andrew Smith.jpg 9. Here's a one-way plane ticket to anywhere. Where will you go? London, England. I studied at the Royal College of Music there as a pianist during my junior year in college. Many of my friends got homesick, but I had the time of my life - I was so pissed I had to return to the States. England was the perfect amalgamation of New World and Old World, so as the daughter of an immigrant, I felt at home. And British men are HOT! Anyone with a proper London accent instantly attracts me...so damn sexy...
10. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Okay, this is really silly, but you know how in those gas station stops you can add your own flavor to coffee? I was under the impression that what came out was syrup, so I squirted some hazelnut concoction into my cup and took a sip. Um, no. That's not syrup. It's hazelnut concentrate, and ingested alone, it burns your throat. It's so bitter! Man, I regretted that. On the road, my decision-making can go a little haywire...just saying. ;)
Photo: Michael Romaszewicz 10. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Okay, this is really silly, but you know how in those gas station stops you can add your own flavor to coffee? I was under the impression that what came out was syrup, so I squirted some hazelnut concoction into my cup and took a sip. Um, no. That's not syrup. It's hazelnut concentrate, and ingested alone, it burns your throat. It's so bitter! Man, I regretted that. On the road, my decision-making can go a little haywire...just saying. ;)
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