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Interview with Dee
deeasherself Released Oct 30, 2011

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Dee and I do mostly writing and voice over. I also paint and dance but that stays with me on a more personal level. 

What's the origin of your artist name?

When I was born, my parents named me Rocío, which is the Spanish word for "dew". During my adolescence a lot of things changed and then when it was over (at least I think it's over) I realized I wasn't the same person anymore --as in, I wasn't that girl whose parents named her Rocío, although she's still alive somewhere within me, so I decided to find a new name for myself. It didn't really take much time to find it because I already knew what "dew" meant, all I did was shorten it a bit, and so Dee was fully created. I do feel more like Dee than Rocío, but people call me by different names depending on how I feel about them, so that might give you a clue on how I feel about hitRECord (in short, I love it).

What has been your biggest challenge with your art so far?

Last month I started writing a rather larger-than-usual piece, which turned out to be even larger than what I'd originally thought. As of today, it stands five journals and three pencils tall on my desk, and it's turned out to be not just one story, but several. If I say more I'll confuse myself, so I'll shut up. But I am excited about it like I've never been more excited about anything.

Who or what is your biggest influence?

I was once asked this in an interview in high school two years ago. My answer was that I was influenced by everything, including all the things I don't like and even hate at times, because I thought that as a writer I could and should have a proper argument for not liking or hating something, and therefore I could write it. I also said it was different than being a painter or a musician because they don't work with words, which also makes it harder because you must have the right words for saying what you want to say. Now, I'm not sure if that was the turpentine speaking (I went to art school and studied visual arts), but now I feel like it wasn't the right answer. Truth be told, it was a good answer, but it wasn't complete. My guess is that I was two years younger than I am today and in all the learning I've done I've realized that I'm mostly influenced by writers and filmmakers, but I'll focus in the first group to actually answer this question. Having said that, Jorge Luis Borges is and always shall be number one, and if I explained myself I'd run out of words. Read him, that's all I'll say. 

What is your wildest story?

When I was four, my older brother pushed me inbetween the automatic doors of the shopping mall when they were closing and they crashed my head, causing my lower jaw to dislocate. Now I can't open my mouth entirely (so I have to be really careful not only with what I eat but also with the way I laugh), nor close it in what my dentist refers to as the perfect position. I'm not even sure if that's considered wild, but if I'm ever in a relationship I don't think the other person will think of it as a good excuse to not be always snogging. Maybe a punch will do just fine. 

What is the last book you read?

Honestly, the last book I read was The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, which I read again this morning. I'm currently reading Don Quixote because I have a Quixote class (which is the one I probably bitch about the most). That's it, I think. I haven't had much time to read whatever I want because university is taking too much of my time, and the irony is that I've already failed four courses last semester and I'm not getting the Bachelor's Degree, and I still bother waking up way too early to go to class. I have no idea why I do that so don't ask. But before that I was reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne, Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (in English because I'd read it in Spanish before and let me tell you, there's nothing like that book in English), and Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder-- and yes, I can read more than one book at once. I was also this close to finishing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Allan Moore, and I really wanted to read From Hell, but then classes started.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Mina Murray, and I'll never stress it enough. I love her. I love how Allan Moore changed her character although I already loved her in Dracula. I think she's fantastic. 

What couldn’t you live without?

Reading, and company. I have a condition in my eye muscles that might eventually (really late into my time-line, I'm hoping) leave me blind, although I'm not sure if entirely blind or just at some bad level. Right now it's almost nothing, but I'm regularly going to the doctor to keep it contained or to do something right when I have to instead of being too late. But that's still my worst fear, going blind, and there's something in reading on your own that being read to doesn't have, no matter whose voice it is or how great said person reads. And company too because sometimes I take off my glasses and close my eyes to get some rest I feel like a hug or a kiss (or both) might do me good. 

What is your secret talent?

An adorable inability to whistle and ride a bike like an expert. I also can't run, so I have to leave at least ten minutes earlier to any appointment just to avoid running. 

Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

The Avengers (with me in the team as this really awesome Scarlett Johansson look alike but with other kind of powers that I'm definitely keeping to myself until I figure out what to do with them) fighting zombies. This was a few hours ago because I desperately needed a nap.

What are you craving right now?

A kiss. Wait, can that be a crave? I thought it was only related to food or drinks. I did hear a guy on Discovery Channel saying he was craving a cigarette, so I guess it counts anyway. 

What was the last song you fell in love with?

I'm breaking the rule here and naming two because I have to, sorry. White Flag by Gorillaz, and Siberian Breaks by MGMT. Need I comment? The first one is perfect for dancing, and the second one is perfect for the soul (it calms my anxiety issues).

What do you like?

The noise and smell of rain, the smell of dust after it's rained (petrichor, and I had no idea it had a name until Idris told Rory in Doctor Who), and the sound of waves crashing. I used to live by the beach, in the South, when I was a kid, so I'm quite used to cold weather as well, and we had all that almost all the time, so it brings good memories and it calms me. I also like cooking, and making things. And hugs.

What do you dislike?

Cynicism, politicians, grown-up-ness (which is an attitude, and not the same as adulthood because that's more of a physical state depending on your age), bad poetry, disrespectful people (and they are everywhere in this country), and being told "it's not normal".

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

When I was like four years old, a little green man who talked funny said to me through my grandfather's tv, "Try not, do or do not". The little man then died and I've kept his words really close to my heart since that moment.

How and why did you start RECording?

Two years ago I was watching 3rd Rock From The Sun, and there was this particular episode in which Tommy and Harry wanted to write a script for a film, and it took them all day to write one page, I think. That was my last year of high school and I watched 3rd Rock every morning before leaving to school. I loved that episode and I realized that the little kid who played Tommy was the already-grown-man-and-quite-handsome-as-well guy played Tom in (500) Days of Summer. Long story short, I googled him! And magically arrived here. When I say "magically" I mean "magically" because my computer crashed and then it came back to life and the main page of hitRECord was open. It was still v3 back then... I remember thinking it looked amateur but pretty, and in all the clicking I ended up falling immediately in love with Joe's reading of Mushr's Sad Green Tomato. Two years and almost three hundred RECords later, here I stand.