Take a funkified trip back to the early ’90s with cameos by Q-Tip, Bootsy Collins and one gloriously shaken booty. Enjoy!
HOMETOWN: Yokohama, Japan / Boston, MA
ARTISTIC APPROACH: Blending sexuality, soulful vocals and attitude.
Any musician knows that the live performance is key to cementing your persona and validating your talent. Noe Carmichael, also known as Saucy Lady, has been working the Boston circuit for years – as a prominent DJ and a lovely songstress. Her debut album, Diversify, is a multifaceted display of the raw and undeniable passion she possesses for the vibrant house and soul genres. And for Saucy, inspiration comes from everywhere. “I look for inspiration from local artists, friends, and great leaders I’ve met.”
She continues, “I usually take mental notes on what to do and not to do in a performance setting.” And inevitably, it becomes about influencing other people, as well. “I want to export that experience to others, too. It’s sort of a domino effect.” Not that she can’t stand on her own when it comes to performing, by any means. Her live show is a decadent parade of unapologetic sexuality and vocals that sneer breathlessly, making it clear that Saucy is fiending for no one’s approval.
“Too many people have little hope for Boston being a cultural leader in music. I’m planning events with a network of artists instead of sulking.”
And of course, she has planned all of this purposefully. “The Saucy persona [has] attitude, overt sexuality, humor, innocence, and a little absurdity. She knows what she wants and takes shit from no one. When I perform, the mood of the songs would just naturally channel those energies.” Although she is building a solid cult following, Saucy Lady is starkly realistic about the future of music in Boston as a whole – and refuses to take it lying down.
“Too many people have little hope for Boston being a cultural leader in music. I’m planning events with a network of artists instead of sulking; little by little, I try to be proactive about making this change.” And while she realizes that change doesn’t happen overnight, she relies on her music to express her admirable intentions. “The ultimate wave of feeling that I want everybody to feel is communal bond and love – music is my vehicle to achieve this.”
photo by Justin Keena