Personality Test: Kellee Maize
Kellee Maize is a CEO, creative director, a singer/songwriter, dancer and rapper. She runs an all-female events and promotions company called Nakturnal, which has become fairly ubiquitous in Pittsburgh nightlife. She also just released a new album, “Aligned Archetypes,” that explores different sides of her personality, and combines two very different styles of music — hip-hop and Baltimore club. Her next performance will be at Peter’s Pub in Oakland on April 24. Music and video clips, along with future show listings, can be found at www.kelleemaize.com .
Childhood hero and why:
She-Ra and Gem. I grew up with a lot of boys around that my mom baby-sat and She-Ra was the Princess of Power. Gem and the Holograms for obvious reasons. “Truly Outrageous!”
In five years, I’d like to:
Go on tour for a few months each year all over the world. I also would like to have learned reiki (a Japanese form of alternative healing) and speak super-fluent Spanish by then.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
The fourth, underground, super-sacred river! Also, all the amazingly talented artists, musicians and entrepreneurs that call it home.
If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I’m watching:
Well, I don’t really watch much TV, so probably an HBO series re-run or a movie.
Three people I’d love to have dinner with:
If they could be dead: Einstein, Ghandi and Jesus. Alive: Obama, Madonna and Deepak Chopra
After a long day, I like to relax with a (pick one):
D. Herbal tea. I have been drinking tea since I was really young. It is magical.
My quirkiest inherited trait:
I talk really, really fast when I am pumped about something.
My best bar sport:
C. Air hockey
D. Beer pong
Beer Pong. I envision the ball going into the cup. It usually works.
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
I like those fun veggie sandwiches with portabella, olives, artichokes and hummus.
One word your mother would use to describe you:
My required snack in a movie theater is:
Swedish fish or Junior Mints
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
The president or a pediatrician.
Musical instrument I wish I could play:
My favorite comfort food:
Mac ‘n cheese, baby!!!
Exercise I hate most:
Running — too much track and soccer back in the day. I got sick of it.
Vegetable I won’t eat:
Black Olives…not to be mistaken with Kalamata…love those.
I’m deathly afraid of:
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
One of my own or a Fiona Apple song
The first band I saw in concert (when and where):
Rusted Root at Penn State University in ’98 or so.
TV marathon you could watch all day and why:
“Sex in the City” or “Big Love.” I just really believe that the actors are just like the characters they play. It seems real.
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark
Saturday mornings you’ll find me:
Probably sleeping because I am usually working or performing late on Friday nights.
Best new gadget I’ve tried recently.
My new phone is a droid. I am in love.
The worst advice I ever received:
The highspeed water slide at Sandcastle is fun, you should try it. Next thing I know my bikini top became a headband in front of a bunch of old men.
In high school, I was:
Trying to be friends with everyone and insanely busy with sports
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
Scottie B — He is the godfather of Baltimore club music
My most recent eBay purchase:
Wireless cards for my companies’ computers
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Bodyguard” — “I Will Always Love You” just hit my heart string.
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
Jewelry! I am a very big fan of bracelets and earrings.
Pick one you love or hate:
All of the above…I have them all in my wardrobe! Patterns are fun!
What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:
GPS, owners manual, sunscreen
My most embarrassing junk food:
Buffalo flavor pretzels — I end up with red fingers
If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be:
An energy healer
The last book I read:
“Everything Matters, Nothing Matters” by Pittsburgh author Gina Mazza (she is amazing. The book was wonderful!)
It’s not pizza without:
Being a lil’ burnt
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
I love Pizza Sola
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“What the #$*! Do We Know” is my favorite movie, but I doubt it would ever be on cable
My favorite Web site:
Facebook. I love how connected it has made people.
My most memorable fashion mistake:
I tend to run around during the day in the most hideous mismatched sweatsuit kinda outfits … it is a daily fashion emergency but I am comfortable which is all that matters to me.
My childhood nickname was:
My best karaoke song:
“These Boots Are Made for Walking”
My first job:
Events and promotions at City Paper. I loved it.
My worst job:
Bussing tables at a restaurant. I had to wear a bonnet.
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:
Every song gets me dancing!!!!
Life would be better without:
f I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Roots or Outkast
I never travel without my:
People would be surprised to know that I … :
Sleep … I really do!