Yami: Hey everybody. We’re talking to Kendandra today. Why don’t you tell me what your biggest steampunk influence was?
Kendandra: Well, I’m a huge Whovian, so, anyone who’s ever watched Dr Who for more than a few episodes knows that every now and then it gets a little steampunky. Or a lot steampunky, depending on which episode you watch. And, um, I guess I’m more into the clockwork side of steampunk, not so much the hissing and the stuff like that, but uh, more massive amounts of gears.
Yami: What would you say is the most steampunky episode of Dr Who?
Kendandra: Um, I’d have to say the, uh, the Next Doctor special. Though “Girl In The Fireplace” was pretty close.
Yami: I did enjoy “Girl in the Fireplace”. Now why don’t you tell us how you came up with your character, Ricky Glaive?
Kendandra: Um, mostly I looked at what personas were actually in our little group, Radiant Vanguard, and um, we had a, uh, Airship Owner, an Airship Engineer, and a hired gun, um, but what we didn’t have was a pilot, which I thought was a little, um, important to running an airship.
Yami: Just a little bit.
Kendandra: The personality that I came up with was, uh, it’s an ex-military, ex-military because it’s easy to play if we ever do a uh, a, sk, uh,
Yami: A skit?
Kendandra: Yeah, that’s the word I was looking for. I wanted to say script but that’s not it
Yami: Well, there may be scripts later on.
Kendandra: Yes. So. It would be very easy to, uh, write such a character and play such a character, ex-military, you know, very hierarchical military jargon, ah, be sort of the “Straight Man”, basically.
Yami: What other character archetypes have you played in the past?
Kendandra: Um, I’ve played…. not just limiting it to Streampunk, I’ve played the wise old wizard character, um, I’ve also played uh, the cop with serious anger issues–
Yami: I remember that one, that one’s fun.
Kendandra: Yeah, um, and then, cop who is sort of checked out. Then I’ve also done boisterous fighter.
Kendandra: Like total hammy as hell, you know.
Yami: What would you say your biggest influence is for the character of Ricky?
Kendandra: When we were talking about a steampunk character, and I thought military guy, whenever I think uber-military guy I always think of… there’s a little artwork drawing in Sins of the Solar Empire of the, um, the human race and he’s standing there proud with five gazillion medals and a grizzled beard and sort of a gruff voice, “Ready to go. Everyone, is everyone secure?” I sort of think maybe that’s kind of the influence for Ricky. He sort of carries himself in a regal way, but also has a sort of a dapper grittiness.
Yami: Interesting! Now let’s talk a little about your music. I understand you’re doing a musical feature for the Radiant Vanguard blog?
Kendandra: Yes, I’m doing a “musical feature”, for varying definitions of the word “music”.
Yami: Indeed. Why don’t you tell me a little about your musical background?
Kendandra: Um, well, I covered it in the blog, uh, I’ve played, uh, viola. I’m terrible at it. I quit because I was terrible at it. I don’t even know if I can make it make any sounds at all, it’s been so long. Um. I pretend to play harmonica, and by that I mean I can only play one song. But I can play it without hands, so that’s something. Um, and um, I’ve played piano practically my whole life, which sounds really awesome until you realize my skill level is so low that its actually a bit depressing, I’d feel better admitting that I played piano for about two years or so, but no, I’ve played piano my whole life. And, uh, so, most of my music is there, and just like in the blog I’ll say I’ve had a little bit of music theory in uh, some courses and some private lessons, just enough to be dangerous.
Yami: I like a little dangerous. Now, I won’t ask for too much spoilers, but what sort of musical influences do you see coming in for Ricky’s theme?
Kendandra: Ricky’s theme, again, straight from Sins of the Solar Empire, I’e taken the main human theme which is a very military snare drum and coupled that with a very strong brass section and some uh, well-played string sections to sort of carry the beat when the drums are not playing. And um, basically it’s got sort of a very military march to it, uh, with just a little hint of mystery with the strings in it.
Yami: Interesting. Now before we wrap up, is there anything else you think our viewers would like to know?
Kendandra: No. We’re done here.