Interview: Kiyomi McCloskey Punk Rocks The Real L Word

Kiyomi McCloskey is the passionate lead guitarist/vocalist for the lesbian punk-rock quartet Hunter Valentine. She is also (in case you’ve been living in a cave outside of lesbianville) one of the newest cast members on The Real L Word. This is the first season the show has gone to NYC for a new spin on the drama, the sex, and of course everything in between, and Brooklyn-based Kiyomi certainly delivers. Here she sits down with CherryGRRL and talks tats, Oyster Bars, and why LA is the best city for “Regional Reps.”

CherryGRRL (CG): How real is the show?

Kiyomi: When people ask that question, they ask if any of it is scripted, it’s not. I think the show is pretty real. You’re obviously not going to be able to show a person’s whole personality in like five-minute clips. Whether my entire personality is portrayed on the show, I don’t think it is, but there is only so much they can show.

CG: What made you decide to do the reality show in the first place?

Kiyomi: Well, we were approached by the casting director as a band, to be on the show. They wanted people who were more driven, and had interesting careers. So, yeah, they approached the band as a whole and we auditioned that way. We just thought it would be great exposure for our music, and we would be able to reach that many more people across the world.

CG: So overall has it been good exposure for the band and your music? Are you noticing an influx of new fans from it?

Kiyomi: Yeah, totally. Twitter numbers have gone up. Facebook numbers have gone up. People are asking when we are coming to play in there town, across the world, and that’s really exciting cause it’s always been a goal of ours to play in as many places as possible.

CG: You’ve made it very clear – on the show – that you don’t like relationships. What would it take to get you to settle down?

Kiyomi: You know, [on a recent episode] they finally are kind of showing why I am like that in that point in my life. I’ve been in a lot of relationships, committed monogamous relationships, and they didn’t really show that I came out of that and had a lot of experience with that in my life. It was really hard with being on the road all the time and I kind of got burnt, so I ended up being a sort of non-monogamous person. I think for me, it just takes a really well balanced person and an understanding person. It just needs to feel 100 percent right. I don’t want to compromise my personality or have anybody compromise their personality just in order to be together. It needs to be the right fit.

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