The Complete Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Jackie Laponza of UnSaid Fate

When we interviewed UnSaid Fate front woman Jackie Laponza for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue, we discussed several topics, from the roots of Unsaid Fate to her experience as a high schooler.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn’t include most of the interview. But that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below!

REVOLVER: How did UnSaid Fate form?

UnSaid Fate started to become a reality about a year ago. We were called Jackie for a few years, and we felt we had reached our limit musically with that name — and that we were naturally evolving into something new and fresh. By the way, it wasn’t my idea to name us Jackie (LOL). The songs we were starting to create over the last year or so were bigger, heavier, more melodic and more exciting. We felt like we had a bit of an identity crisis with the old name.

It was weird because we would come out and open for bands like Saliva, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, etc., and we didn’t have a “rock band name,” per se. People would feel a bit hesitant with us until they saw us throw down on stage and hold nothing back, performance-wise. So, UnSaid Fate was born out of the ashes of Jackie!

How would you describe the band’s sound?

Active rock with heavy rock riffs, big melodic choruses with harmonies and a bottom-end backbone that doesnt quit!

Since this is also our “back to school” issue, some school-related questions: How would you describe your school experience?

Actually, it was very normal. I played different sports and had really good grades, even though music was my main focus and passion and it took up all my personal time. I did miss all the weekend parties and hanging with friends at the mall or wherever because I always had something music-related to do. If it was practice or weekend gigs, it was always first and foremost.

What kind of student were you? A nerd or a troublemaker or somewhere in between?

I would say somewhere in between the two. I always made sure I stayed true to myself, no matter what I was involved in. I didn’t really get into the cliques or groups. I had different hair styles and custom clothes I would make, so my style was extremely eclectic. But as far as trouble, I didn’t get in much. I have three older brothers and one younger, so I let them handle the “getting into trouble” thing. I usually just lived vicariously through thier foibles.

What’s the worst trouble you got into while in school?

Well, I didn’t get in much trouble. To be honest, I didn’t have the time. I was going to school, playing basketball, working a job and doing the band thing all at same time. I just kinda skated my ass through under the radar the majority of the time. I did get suspended once. A teammate of mine brought a water bottle to a game filled with vodka and OJ, and a few of us took a sip in disbelief once we heard about it. Sure as shit, Monday morning I was called down to the office and suspended due to a kiss-ass teammate ratting us out (LOL). Other than that, and a few detentions for tardies and absences, I was all good.

Did you ever skip school due to hard rock or metal?

Well, I was in a band and playing at bars and concert venues by the time I was 12. My brothers and I would miss quite a bit of school for long weekend shows or local news stations’ morning shows and any other interviews and craziness that came up for the band. All along, teachers would tell me to get a realistic goal to shoot for. I had straight A’s, so they all said to go to college, that I’d probably get a scholarship to somewhere good. But it wasn’t me. I had no urge to go that route. I knew college wasn’t going anywhere. I could always go no, matter how much harder it would be. Sometimes I wonder if I should have listened (LOL). No way — I love what I get to do. I’m living my dream!

Did you ever have any run-ins with bullies?

Not so much bullies, but I was always more of a “hang with the boys” type of girl, a tomboy, if you will. Girls used to hate me, but I can’t change how I was brought up. I remember being called a whore by, ironically enough, the pregnant chick at the school! Most girls never really took the chance to get to know me. They just had some sort of fear of me, I guess. I was popular, and an athlete, but I also grew up with my four brothers picking on me, riding dirt bikes, shooting guns, trudging through the mud, and seeing how dirty I could get.

So I never really fit in well with the other girls and all the drama that would follow a good majority of them. I did my own thing, and once I figured out who I was, I couldn’t care less what terrible things they would say, even though most of them hadn’t had so much as exchanged “hellos” with me. Their words did nothing, except pushed me harder to get them one day to eat their words! Plus the good thing with having brothers is NO guys every pushed too far with me because they knew there would be consequences! Also a bad thing for a girl growing up! (LOL) All the guys were scared to get to know me because my brothers would beat them up!

Did music help you get through school? If so, how?

Music helped me not only get through school but a lot in life. The main thing in my life is music and family, and they work hand and hand with me. Both pulled me through the times that were the hardest. I was an extremely shy girl growing up. I would hide behind my mom’s leg up to the time i was 10 when anyone was being introduced to me. I still sit and wonder how my parents sat so proudly when I first started in the band thing getting up there barely looking up tapping away with my tamburine and just utterly destroying the covers I was singing.

But they loved it and encouraged me that I could do anything. They would be supportive and the proudest parents ever. It made me a strong person who has no fears of what’s ahead. I have high hopes, big dreams and a fire under my ass to never give in and never give up. When I get on stage, I feel unstoppable, and there I will conquer the world!

I have a strong message to the women of the world and to anyone, for that matter: Stay strong, BE YOU, tall or short, skinny or big-boned. Whatever the color of your skin, hair and toenails, whether you’re into men, women or both … love and live who you are, no matter what anyone says. Be a leader and let others follow!

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.laponza Jackie LaPonza

    Thank you Revolver for the LOVE just a spelling error in the name its actually Jackie LaPonza keep on rockin you guys are amazing!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/manchefuhrenmanchefolgen Michael Getz

    Her name is Lopanza not Lopanaza:

    When we interviewed UnSaid Fate front woman Jackie Lopanaza for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rockissue, we discussed several topics, from the roots of Unsaid Fate to her experience as a high schooler.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.laponza Jackie LaPonza

      LaPonza lol thank you tho