Christina Billotte

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Christina Billotte is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.[1] She is known for her involvement in the punk music scene in Washington DC, as a performer and organizer.[2] She is included in Venus Zine's list The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Billotte and Melissa Berkoff initially began playing together in a Washington, DC band called Hazmat in 1989, but then joined up with Nikki Chapman and Mary Timony to form Autoclave in 1991. Autoclave became known for their math rock styling and released a single on the Diskord label - a joint effort between Dischord and K Records - before splitting up in 1991.[4]

In early 1991, Billotte joined artist Jen Smith, and Erin Smith of Olympia band Bratmobile when they temporarily relocated to Washington. Though never formally a member of Bratmobile,[5] Billotte played an occasional live show, and guitar on the cassette tape entitled Bratmobile DC. But, by the summer, the band returned to Olympia, with only Erin Smith remaining from the DC contingent.[6] The Bratmobile girls were zine writers, and it was during this time that Jen Smith and Molly Neuman conceived the riot grrrl publication that gave the movement its name.[citation needed]

In June 1992, Billotte formed the all-female punk trio Slant 6 which released two albums on Dischord Records. The band toured widely, before breaking up in 1995 whilst on tour in England.[7]

In 1997 Dischord released an Autoclave compilation titled Combined.[4]

The same year Billotte formed Quix*o*tic, along with her sister Mira on drums and Brendan Majewski on bass. The band released an album Night for Day on their own Ixor Stix label. Majewski was replaced by Mick Barr and the band released a second album, Mortal Mirror, on Kill Rock Stars in 2001. The band broke up in 2002 with Mira moving to NYC to form White Magic.[8]

In 2002 Billotte joined the Casual Dots, who released a self-titled LP through Kill Rock Stars in 2004.[9]

Artistic career[edit]

Billotte moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2003,[10] and received a BFA in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. She received an MFA from the Mount Royal Interdisciplinary program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christina Billotte facts". Freebase. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Mark (2003). Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Brooklyn: Akashic Books. p. 338. ISBN 1-888451-44-0. 
  3. ^ "The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time". ISSUE#35. Venus Zine. March 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Autoclave". bio. Dischord records. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  5. ^ Gentry, Brandon. "Christina Billotte Of Slant 6: ‘I Wanted To Make A Record Where Every Song Was Good’". http://bandwidth.wamu.org. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Mark (2003). Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Brooklyn: Akashic Books. p. 312. ISBN 1-888451-44-0. 
  7. ^ "Slant 6". bio. Dischord records. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  8. ^ Prato, Greg. "Quix*o*tic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  9. ^ Serra, David. "Casual Dots". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  10. ^ Jenkins, Mark (2004-03-12). "Connecting the Dots: Christina Billotte and her bandmates like gumdrops, dog walking, and vintage rock ’n’ roll. And oh yeah: Once in a while, they like playing music together, too.". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Christina Billotte". http://www.bakerartistawards.org/users/view/cbill/. Baker Artist Awards. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "MFA Thesis Exhibition II". http://fyi.mica.edu/event/mfa_thesis_exhibition_ii_reception#.U_O4BLxdWwI. MICA. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

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