Chrystabell has released four acclaimed albums and has been involved in a series of musical projects with Lynch. After launching her career in the late 1990s with neo-swing band 8 1/2 Souvenirs, she first teamed up with Lynch for a song featured in his 2006 film Inland Empire and worked on other other musical projects with him since, as well as being a central character of Twin Peaks. Acting was a step aside, music is his passion. Latest single Midnight Star is a glorious slice of space-age electro-pop with a gorgeous video.
She tells me that visuals are essential to her art; ” It’s imperative. Having worked with wonderful directors, one in particular a wonderful director, I always had this feeling of wanting to have a complete experience with music. It really started with musicals in my very young years. I really like giving this full experience, all the elements involved. “
Chrystabell is from San Antonio, Texas and speaks with a rich, deep South American accent where everyone has feelings. She’s intense but funny, relaxing into our conversation and admitting that this world of video interviews has become a comfortable norm. He’s obviously comfortable in front of a camera, even in front of tired journalists. In his latest music videos, there’s that futuristic space-age glamor as well as a sense of fun and no limits. The Midnight Star video was written and directed by Polish filmmaker and longtime collaborator, Archon. Chrystabell says she enjoys exploring the combination of visuals and music:
“Most of it was guided by the intuition of the directors. I want to collaborate and follow my intuition, an inner guidance. If I get with a director that I have a good feeling, something sparkles, I get this cosmic yes! Once that happens, I say yes and that’s the first threshold. I have to feel it, but at this point I really allow the director to have creative control, to go wild and experiment.
As a singer, actress and model, Chrystabell has many talents and this willingness to try different things with her videos and, perhaps, push the boundaries, comes from a varied career:
“I’ve always loved photography and modeling, where I would go out with photographers in weird places and do things differently. Evoking the feeling that something different was happening from the art. So with the visuals, it’s feeling that trust with the director and then letting it go wild. I like to collaborate and I’m just here to win. There’s a part of me that wants to be glamorous and beautiful, but that’s not what I want to be locked into. There’s this part of you that says you really have to get out of this and say yes to these things that are happening. When everyone just allows that collective energy to really be in full force and not feel like oh my god, you know what if Chrystabell and would she like that, let’s go and I’ll figure it out!
The plan was for Chrystabell to perform shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brighton and London in February. The cancellation came days after he returned from a live show in Europe. Given the change in her schedule, she is even more grateful to have had the experience of taking part in the celebrations of the election of Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad, as one of the three European capitals. of culture for 2022. She is delighted and grateful to have had this experience:
“We played in this outrageously beautiful century-old Gothic church and the priest had to approve the performance and say everything was fine. We were the first band to play electrified music and it was spectacular. Now, of course, it’s even more special. Everything about the trip was a triumph and I’m so glad we had this experience. Over the past two years, some of the magical things that have happened against all charges are really special. It doesn’t mean that when we start playing gigs again and doing all the things that we used to maybe take a bit for granted, but it makes those times even more special.
She says the pandemic has focused the mindset to enjoy everything that’s happening as much as possible:
“I’m definitely more trained now to appreciate every moment for what it is and to maximize things. We don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a choice you can make every moment for your perspective. , which direction you will lean and what you will lean towards. It can be a daily discovery. I find the most personal fulfillment in seeing the richness of my experiences. It is the measure for me, how much I receive in the moment of this experience. Due to the nature of my career and the length of it, I’ve had a wide range of experiences and so you can get the kind of super glamorous glitzy moments and those that can fall flat. If you’re not putting in the effort to make them look amazing and special and wonderful, it’s really a choice you’re making.
Chrystabell admits that in some places around the world, audiences before the pandemic weren’t always as enthusiastic as they were for this concert in Serbia. She’s not the first singer, and certainly won’t be the last, to find London shows a little more restrained. She says that in capitals like London and Paris, audiences have so much choice that there may be more appreciation in cities like Kosovo or even Moscow. The fact that the tour has been delayed means that she will be spending time rethinking the shows and thinking about how these extraordinary visuals from the videos can be incorporated. Expect these concerts to be even more glorious as a result. Delay can benefit us all.