I’m *fascinated* by the archetypes in the Batman stories. The backstory on our track “Own It” is that it’s loosely inspired by the character of Harley Quinn from Bat Man. And we mean loosely, but the influence of the character from the comics is definitely there. This was a lyrical direction I was working on before Suicide Squad came out. Funny thing is, Killer Phil Sound and I saw the movie this weekend (he’s a cheap date :D), and there’s a scene (no spoilers) where Harley looks at another character and says, “Own It!” We looked at each other like, whaaaa? No joke, we didn’t have any idea that would be in there when we titled the song about 4 months ago. We’re not superstitious, but it felt like a weird confirmation that we’re onto something here… Give it a listen, or another listen with fresh ears.
More on the story behind our track below… and don’t forget to grab your swag at the end! And it’s not too early to grab your Harley Quinn gear for your Halloween costume. So pop some temp rainbow hair color in those locks and throw on your “Daddy’s Lil Monster” t-shirt.Given the release of ‘Suicide Squad,’ Harley Quinn fever has taken over the summer.
And I to pick up some of that killer attitude, I started practicing winking at the fans.
My wink may need some work… but here are a few insights into what helped me make my latest track.
I’ve definitely caught the bug–Harley Quinn is a sultry combination of ill-intentions, skills, and subtle vulnerability. For my latest track, I put myself in her shoes— both literally and figuratively. I pictured myself running a crew of thugs in the dark, war-torn streets of Gotham. I even went to Sephora and donned the makeup of a mean doll. The personality change was almost instant. I felt sassier and savvier. But it’s hard to not spark a change when you paint freckles on your face :). I felt very Bride-Of-Chuckie.
I’ve loved Batman since I was a kid. Something about my difficult and often dark childhood related to the Arkham Knight. I just didn’t have an arsenal of weapons at my disposal with which to kill the Joker (unfortunately). Those experiences heavily shaped me into wanting to be someone who could more than handle the darkness of the night, but also dominate it. The idea of transforming into the saucy female villain in Batman’s world was totally my cup of tea.
And I’m not alone in my strong attraction to an abstract persona— whether real or fictional. There is a psychology which relates to the way we identify with characters and even inanimate characters. Particularly ones who resemble children. We feel sympathy for them— we want to define them as adorable and trustworthy, and they encourage us to let down our guard. Hence why Harley Quinn is such a devastating villain. Unlike the Joker or Bane, we don’t necessarily see her as a wicked strong adult, but rather a forlorn, lost, sad child. One who is perhaps confused as to why there is violence and injustice in her home— a place where her mother is forced to suffer. And there’s a sad child, I think, inside all of us. But I know for sure there’s one inside of me. That wounded, somewhat infantile side of myself grabbed onto her. And I wanted payback for the harm that had been inflicted on me and other victims. I couldn’t go back in time to slay my daemons, so trolling the streets with a make-believe multi-colored baseball bat now would have to do.
And for your enjoyment, I hand curated a collection of Harley Quinn apparel & accessories for you to get your swag on!