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13 Jun 2014

The Lucky 13: Dmitry Owens of The Sex Kittens

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The Sex Kittens. The Sex Kittens.

According to the band’s official Facebook page, The Sex Kittens have been around “on and off” since 1994. Dmitry “Vitamin D” Owens (vocals, guitar) and Neal “The Deal” Mashburn (vocals, drums) describe their sound as “psychosexxxy funkified metallic grooves that make the boobies shake and the booties move,” and have recently played at the now-shuttered Clinic Bar and Lounge in Palm Springs, and Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails in Thousand Palms. Here are Dmitry Owens’ answers to The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Iron Maiden opening for Judas Priest in Albany, N.Y., in 1981. Awesome show!

What was the first album you owned?

AC/DC, Back in Black.

What bands are you listening to right now?

My Pandora classic-metal and stoner-rock channels.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Pretty much everything that’s been popular and trendy since the mid ’90s. It’s due time to bring back REAL Rock ’n’ Fuckin’ Roll with heart, passion and soul!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Doors.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I never feel guilty when it comes to music or much else, but I’d have to say ’70s disco and soft rock.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Well, it’s not really a musical venue; it’s more like an awesome hangout spot for musicians, porn stars and other such counter-culture freaks: The Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood is the ultimate rock ’n’ roll paradise/haven. I could die happy there.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all. Together we stand, divided we fall,” Pink Floyd, “Hey You.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

There are three. AC/DC: They’re the band who first got me into hard rock and made me aware of how cool guitar-playing could be. Judas Priest: The band who introduced me to and made me love metal with a burning and undying passion. And Metallica: a huge influence on me musically, as far as drumming, guitar-playing, singing, songwriting and pretty much every other aspect go.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

That’s a very tough one. I’d probably ask Axl Rose WTF he was thinking when he ruined what could have been the greatest rock band of all time by not being on the same page with Slash.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I try not to think about things such as that. I’m much more focused on living, experiencing and enjoying all I that I can from life rather than thinking about dying and death.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Another very tough one, but I’d say probably L.A. Woman by The Doors.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Defeated” by The Sex Kittens. ;) (Scroll down to hear it.)

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