Sharon Stern and The Bug’s Kevin Martin first met back in 2011, when she drunkenly grabbed the mic at his sweaty basement gig in her hometown of Tel Aviv.
Rather than wallowing in a state of hungover remorse, the following day Sharon got herself in the studio with Martin, and ever since she’s been known to the world of good club music as Miss Red – a kind of superhero MC who galvanises Kevin’s punishingly loud dub-mutations with her agile flow. As we found out in this 20 Questions interview, Miss Red’s badass attitude can also be found in her table manners, her life philosophy and her tips for cooking aubergine.
What book are you currently reading?
The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country. It’s a graphic novel.
Favourite Wu-Tang Clan member?
It’s either Ghostface Killah, or RZA.
Who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
@g.lobablanca. She makes the best visual collages for me.
What was the first record you fell in love with?
Studio One Presents Burning Spear.
Have you ever had a nickname?
Cotti. My Grandma’s name is Jacotti, which is too weird for children to say. So they always call me Cotti.
Describe the worst haircut you’ve ever had…
When I was 13 or 14, I was kind of dirty. I had big, big dreads in my hair. And I cut the back so there was no hair, but the front was full of hair. I liked that! But my father didn’t. So then he was like ‘Sharon I will cut your hair’ and I was like ‘yeah why not?’ I held the front of my hair, and instead of cutting underneath my hand he cut above it. Kind of mean. I was left with no hair!
Heavy metal or EDM?
Do you have a favourite style of heavy metal?
I can’t say one really, but there’s this band I’ve enjoyed recently called Wormlust.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I bumped into Iggy Pop. We were playing on this mad line-up in Iceland, he was on his way to the stage and I almost got kicked out by security.
What’s your signature recipe?
I cook anything with aubergine really nice.
Whenever I try to cook aubergine it goes a weird texture. Rubbery…
Okay – you don’t cook it right. If it’s rubber, it’s not right. You can make a little fire or if you have fire in your stove, you open that. Then you need to burn it. Put it in the flames. Inside it’s really mushy, impossible to be rubber. Don’t be scared of the fire!
What would be your Desert Island Drug?
Acid. 100%. I’m alone in the desert for the rest of my life right?
Well it’s a desert island so there might be some exotic birds, maybe some monkeys or something.
What’s your favourite drunken snack?
If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
African Head Charge.
Do you have any tattoos that you regret?
If you could pick a surrogate grandparent, who would it be?
Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d give to yourself ten years ago?
What’s your worst habit?
I have many, but the worst is probably that when I eat, I make a lot of noise. I enjoy food and I enjoy it fully. Other people find it disturbing, but I don’t really care.
What would you want written on your tombstone?
“High as Fuck”