House Blend | Episode 27b: Flavia Watson & RedTempt
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“I literally can’t remember a time when I wasn’t running around, performing for my family, singing at the most inappropriate occasions and generally just forcing myself onto the world,” Flavia laughs. “I knew that this was what I wanted to do.”
Flavia, 20 years old and born Flavia Camilla Watson, has shot onto the music scene like a bullet, bringing her band — The RedTempt — with her. As both the singer and songwriter of the band, Flavia has infused their sound with a bluesy, swampy feel that ranges from funk rock tunes to sultry ballads. “Flavia & the RedTempt are a little bit dark,” she describes. “We love to have a good time, and you can definitely see that on stage, but our music is often about the feelings that people don’t want to tackle — loneliness, regret. The pain that then makes you appreciate the good things in life.” Anchoring it all together are her poetic lyrics that explore emotional extremities by describing situations and details that breathe life into her words.
Currently working on their debut album The Girl Who Left Town (early 2012 release) with producer Jon Amador, Flavia & The RedTempt have already made a splash amongst the Los Angeles crowd, performing in well-loved venues such as The House of Blues, The Key Club and The Mint. The band consists of the fiery haired Caroline Cirone on bass, the enigmatic Chris Pucher on guitar, the laid-back drummer Nick Baker, and the wild Rich Brown on keys. On stage, Flavia and the RedTempt are both energetic and soulful, and each band member given the opportunity to showcase their talents with powerful solos.
ABOUT THE HOST
“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when The-Signal.com was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.@2011SCVTV