Medella Kingston fell in love with writing at an early age and published articles, poems, and stories when she was growing up. She wrote, performed, and sold songs for movie soundtracks, and continued writing short stories for her own pleasure. She currently sings in the band Omnesia, which has aired locally on UC Berkeley’s radio station and been heard as far east as Goa and the Mumbai University. She lives with her partner and their two dogs in the East Bay. PeopleFish is Medella’s first novel, and she is currently working on a new book.
Medella’s Music In The First Person
I was born into Generation X on Long Island, NY, and discovered music before the manicured green lawns of the suburbs killed my creative soul. Piano taught me the math of music and then guitar led me to my voice, which came out much deeper and thicker than anyone expected from a skinny girl with frizzy hair. I was a wallflower who needed an outlet; I started writing songs at twelve and never stopped.
I sang depressing ballads and thumped out rhythm guitar on my acoustic in any coffeehouse that would let me. The music scene in Boston was great, but San Francisco was calling my name. My first Bay Area band was a well intended but unspectacular all woman foursome called Finger. We had a fair amount of gigs for unknowns but a failed romance between the guitarist and bassist split the band apart. Next I had the terrific opportunity to work with Chris Stone and Nancy Kravitz in Fiction. We played Folsom and Castro Street Fairs, and had the pleasure of opening for Linda Perry in 1997. The band stayed together for several years and then dissolved.
I turned to Craig’s List where I saw an ad placed by musical genius M2. Seriously, this man’s IQ is well over my weight. We began collaborating and found a groove that eventually took us to our unique hybrid musical style. Our influences couldn’t be more different. He never listened to the goddesses I grew up on: Deborah Harry, Joan Armatrading, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, Johnette Neopolitano, and others. But somehow we have intense musical chemistry. We both like taking varied approaches to composing, and working within limits but pushing boundaries. I didn’t know who I was as a musician until I started working with M2 in Omnesia.
When I’m not making music, I crave the great outdoors where I spend a lot of time with my dogs. I’m also a fiction writer and a movie junkie.
My Nom De Plume Is Both A Celebration And A Memorial