Is dance-pop diva Erika Jayne the next Lady Gaga, just waiting to happen? She might be, judging by her string of four No. 1 hits on Billboard’s dance chart, not to mention her striking “Barbarella”-meets-Bond Girl visual aesthetics featured on the cover of the new single “One Hot Pleasure,” issued on her own Pretty Mess Records. The fuse is definitely lit on the blond bombshell. She blasts into The Crib in San Francisco next week.
You started your own label and executive-produce your records. How easy is it? Well, it’s a lot of work, but it’s not necessarily hard work, if you enjoy it. It’s basically about knowing what you want, then going out and getting the people who will supply that for you. And having a vision, an ideal of what you want the whole thing to look like. So it’s rather great, because you get to choose what goes on the package, the people who remix your songs, the art and all that stuff. So it’s kind of an artist’s dream to be that creative and have that much influence.
You attended a performing-arts high school in Atlanta, but wound up in Los Angeles. What straight jobs have you endured there? I sold wedding gowns. I modeled. I’d sing and dance here and there, and I even worked as a cocktail waitress.
You were working as a waitress at a cocktail bar? That much is true. But even then I knew I’d find a much better place. Either with or without you. Hey — I know my songs! And I love the Human League!
On the “Pleasure” cover, you’re actually brandishing a real pistol, right? Yeah. And there’s a lot of meaning in there. But there’s nothing wrong with exercising your right to bear arms. I grew up in the South, where you hunt, you fish and you shoot. And I’m a total tomboy. I had a BB gun when I was a little kid, a Daisy air rifle. But I actually did not shoot squirrels or birds — I’d just shoot little set-up targets, like cans. So there’s a little hope for me after all. A little, not a lot.
Lady Gaga seems to have finally proven that brains and beauty can coexist in the pop world, right? Well, I should hope brains and beauty can coexist! I hope that’s where we are, coming into 2011. But here’s the deal with me — I make the music I want to make, I own my own masters, own my own record company. So if that’s beauty and brains, I’ll take it any day!
IF YOU GO
Where: The Crib, 715 Harrison St., San Francisco
When: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 30