July 2018

Musicians in Bathrooms: A Q&A Series with Local Artists

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Musician: Taime Downz
Band: Silicone Sister

What’s your sign?
Aries if we are talking that kind of “sign.” My favorite sign is actually a stop sign, because it’s red. I like red.

Most underrated song that in your opinion should be a classic.
“Attics of my life” on the American Beauty album.

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
My kids always wanna wear the shirts I design, so that is pretty cool. I make them listen to all the songs I write, and when they are singing along, I know we have something that people will enjoy.

What is your favorite song to perform?
When I’m doing Silicone, I like doing songs like “Lay it Down” by Ratt and “Feel Your Love Tonight” off Van Halen 1. When we are doing our tunes in “the other band,” I really like doing “Drunk on Daufuskie.” People dig that tune.

Song you sing in the shower?
Uh. People who sing in public don’t sing in the shower. As a kid growing up, I usually had a small stereo in my bathroom. I’ve constantly listened to music my entire life. My dad and mom made sure it was always playing. MTV helped too.

Favorite cereal?
I’m off the cereal right now, but I’ve eaten enough Grape Nuts to kill a giraffe. Grape Nuts and soy milk is great. There’s a lot of estrogen, thank God.

At what venue do you most like to perform?
Any venue can become mine or ours, as in the bands’. Loved playing Riders Lounge. Love the Big Bamboo. (Have probably played the bamboo 600 times.) Love the Tiki Hut stage facing the beach. The Dunes House is a very intimate place to play. The Roasting Room has magic.

Most requested song at shows?
Generally people catcall and hassle me wherever I go, because it has become a way to show affection and it’s fun. It’s a local thing we do. The band loosens up when the crowd engages. Then we explode.

First concert you attended?
Johnny Winter at the Old Post Office, HHI, 1988 with my parents and my brother Gavan.

Favorite artist?
Dali? Bukowski? Things that evolve become art. Artists that put stuff out no matter what. They have to. They do it because creating makes them feel better. I wrote no songs for 10 years once. But I had a good time growing in other ways.

Place you go to get away from it all.
Running and pickleball. My kids’ rooms at night when I put them to bed sometimes become a whole different world. You try to cherish the seconds before the snoring starts.

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
Insta and Facebook are fun. I think you have to do all of it. Tweeting is something that may hit S.C. one day … in prob 50 years when other stuff makes it our way.

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…
for funk and circumstance. To dance, to scream, to find herself again. In the bayou, oh Sally did stay.”

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
Anthony Kiedis.

First instrument you learned to play.
I played saxophone from fourth grade all the way through high school on Hilton Head.

Song you were thrilled to finally master.
You never master a song, but I suppose being able to pull off a song like “Fly to the Angels” live has always been hard to replicate. As I get older, the little habits that have found their way into all the songs I try to copy have become what I’m kind of owning up to. The little blemish is my art.

Who do you like to perform with?
Andy Pitts, Gary Pratt, Jos Vicars, Chip Larkby, Mike Kavanaugh. My dad. Gavan and I had a lot of cool stuff happen onstage, but our real thing we had together was writing songs. Korbar!
Coyne! Friel! MARTIN, I wanna hang out.

Do you have a side gig?
Merch?

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
Never thought about it. Maybe Kermit … we could do “Rainbow Connection” in Harbour Town or something. Was he a musician? I thought he just sang.

What animal do you most identify with?
I don’t have a connection to animals except dinosaurs. I have always connected with them. Rhinos. Hippos. I like bugs a lot! I’m afraid of dogs a bit, and horses are huge and powerful. I like to look at bones of dinosaurs and huge stuff.

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