Vanessa on Canadian TV
D'Arcy Butler is the interviewer.
A 10-second portion of the T&F video comes on and D'Arcy comments:
"Ah ya yay ya yay...talk about creative! This is the new generation of
classical stars, sexing it up one step further." (He says this not in
front of Vanessa, of course.)
(Vanessa is wearing a silky yellow tube top with spaghetti straps. The
interview may have taken place in her hotel room.)
DB: Classical musicians are not exactly known for being sexy. How do you
feel about bucking that trend.
VM: I particularly don't feel that I'm very sexy. I don't go looking in
the mirror and say Vanessa, you're looking good today, you're looking sexy.
But I think other people think or say that perhaps and that's just a big
compliment. If you're no disappointment, that's cool physically but I
don't think it actually sells the music or helps to sell the music.
DB: Are you saying that you don't think that playing the violin in the
ocean or playing on the mountain in some hot pants can help get your name
out there and help with recognition?
VM: I think it's an image people have of me when I was 15 but I think it
has always surprised me especially now, 4 years later, to think how could
a 15-year old really epitomize sex in a, sort of, violin.
(Interview diverts to an EMI Canada personnel at a different scene.)
DB: I think that a whole image of her is really what gets her out there. Is that
part of your mentality when you market her?
EMI: Oh, I think so. I think so. I think it would be silly to ignore the
fact that we get a lot of either young girls wanting to be like her, look
like her or young boys...whatever...(puts up a smile). I think that's
certainly part of what got people interested in her in the first place.
(Interview goes back to Vanessa.)
VM: Good music, if it's well played, no matter how it's presented, if it's
good or well played, it will touch people heartily from whatever
Then the interview goes out with 4 seconds of the 'Red Hot' video and when
Vanessa says 'Red Hot' at the end, co-host Carla Collins says "No Kiddin'!".
Thanks to Annie Gomez for this article!