Joan as Policewoman is Joan Wasser, who, after the death of her boyfriend Jeff Buckley, began to sing and write songs with some of Jeff’s band in a project called Black Beetle. Since 2002, she has played under the name Joan as Policewoman (a reference to the 70’s cop show) and has toured and collaborated with musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, Lloyd Cole, Sparklehorse and Lou Reed. Her fourth album, The Deep Field, is released here on January 21st and she plays Dublin’s Button Factory on February 10th.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Axis bold as love by Jimi Hendrix
What’s your favourite smell?
Have you ever had a nickname? Yes. my brother couldn’t say J so he called me “Doanie” instead of “Joanie” and it caught on with the rest of my family. I was called “Spaz” in elementary school because I had so much energy . I’ve had so many nicknames since then that I cannot even remember – nor do I wish to remember .
What is your favourite room in your house?
I only have one room because I live in a loft, so every room.
What are your guilty pleasures?
What does that mean? The idea of guilty pleasure is ridiculous! Isn’t every pleasure only amazing? As long as it isn’t hurting anyone else – does my love for Mariah Carey constitute as guilty?
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am pretty transparent so it’s hard to answer – maybe that I am always struggling to be more transparent.
Who is your closest female friend?
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Yes, seven tattoos .
Where would you most like to live?
In New York City, where I live.
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?
Carmelo Lugo during recess in 2nd grade .
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?
I don’t know if I would know what unusual means. I have to admit I don’t blink at most questions. Maybe the question above.
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
This christmas I got a car stereo and felt like a teenager again.
What is your favourite word?
Who was your first love?
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?
Tow truck driver .
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?
Rumi poems .
What happens after we die?
If I knew that, I would have a best-selling book.
What female historical figure do you admire most?
Sum yourself up in three words:
I love you.
And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?
I am learning to keep my mouth shut at certain times and this is one of those times.