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Taime Downz, Billy C, Rob Foxx, Jani St. James

Nov 2, 2020

Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Silicone Sister

Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine

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M.Kat Photography
A Q&A with Taime Downz, Billy C, Rob Foxx, and Jani St. James

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What’s your sign?
Taime Downz: Aries—into the fire
Billy C: EXIT sign—Jersey Turnpike, Exit 13
Rob Foxx: The peace sign, man!
Jani St. James: Libra. Or, whatever sign is most compatible with yours.

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic:
Taime Downz: “Feel My Heat,” from Boogie Nights
Billy C: “Ebb Tide,” Righteous Brothers
Rob Foxx: “Things Go Bang in the Night,” by Silicone Sister
Jani St. James: “Slide It In” by White Snake. It’s always resonated with me.

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
Taime Downz: “Seeing my children being born was beautiful.”
Billy C: Lots of phone numbers
Rob Foxx: “You’ve got great eyelashes.”
Jani St. James: Does sex count? If not, then it was probably that one time, at band camp, that one guy told me he thought I played pretty fair for someone blackout drunk who can barely reach the pedals from his drum throne. Usually I just get compliments on my makeup, so when that guy talked about my actual drumming, I was taken aback.

What is your favorite piece to perform?
Taime Downz: I like the bit about french fries.
Billy C: The middle piece of “Cherry Pie”
Rob Foxx: Watching Billy C shred “Eruption”
Jani St. James: I’m really into performance art. Mostly body painting and Twister. Oh. Did you mean songs we play?

What do you sing in the shower?
Taime Downz: Singing in the shower is something I do at 5 a.m., so after a show, it’s always the same song, “Home Country.” You have to sing things that let you feel something. In the shower with my li’l shower beer is a special place, and I just wanna thank you all.
Billy C: Their favorite song, of course. 😉
Rob Foxx: Sinatra
Jani St. James: I do a lot of growling. The deep, throaty, singer-songwriter/folk artist type stuff. I’ve always admired “artists” who call that singing.

Favorite cereal?
Taime Downz: Cereal makes you bloated.
Billy C: Whatever, Wilford Brimley eats.
Rob Foxx: Shredded Wheat
Jani St. James: Lucky Charms

At what venue do you most like to perform?
Taime Downz: Rider’s Lounge, HHI
Billy C: Rider’s Lounge
Rob Foxx: The next one
Jani St. James: Wembley

Most requested song at shows?
Taime Downz: That one David Lee Roth song
Billy C: “Runaway” by Bon Jovi
Rob Foxx: Billy C shredding “Eruption” by Van Halen
Jani St. James: Nobody in their right mind would make a song request at a Silicone show.

First concert you attended?
Taime Downz: Johnny Winter, on HHI at theOld Post Office, 1988.
Billy C: ABBA
Rob Foxx: James Taylor
Jani St. James: Crüe, with Autograph opening

Favorite artist?
Taime Downz: David Choe
Billy C: The legend, EVH
Rob Foxx: ’70s KISS
Jani St. James: There is only one “real” artist. The rest of us just play covers, like all the other sell-outs.

Place you go to get away from it all?
Taime Downz: Fetal position in the shower (yes I have a shower beer).
Billy C: The woods
Rob Foxx: The bathroom. That way, I can get away from it all no matter where I am.
Jani St. James: Bathroom

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
Taime Downz: No social media for this guy.
Billy C: Nah
Rob Foxx: Sadly, only book ( I know, lame!). My handle is my real name if you know me.
Jani St. James: Not sure what you’re implying here. I don’t do drugs anymore.

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
Taime Downz: As Taime Downz, probably Cher or Billy Martini Jr.
Billy C: Me
Rob Foxx: Gisele Bundchen
Jani St. James: Someone with a lot of short story telling experience.

First instrument you learned to play?
Taime Downz: The body; I sing the body electric.
Billy C: Drums
Rob Foxx: Keyboard
Jani St. James: If I could play an instrument, I wouldn’t be the drummer.

Song you were thrilled to finally master?
Taime Downz: I’ve mastered every song in our set like a robot would. I’m basically a sexy robot without dreadlocks.
Billy C: “Little Dreamer”
Rob Foxx: Billy C shredding “Eruption”
Jani St. James: “Hot for the Teacher” has always been on the list. But, really, any song I can play through without train wrecking it is a thrill.

What do you wish you knew more about?
Taime Downz: Wish I knew more about women and the planet from which they come.
Billy C: Cooking
Rob Foxx: Hmm … there are probably more things I wish I knew less about.
Jani St. James: Playing an instrument. Or singing. Or, singing while playing an instrument.

What animal do you most identify with?
Taime Downz: The animal from Muppets that plays drums
Billy C: Wolf
Rob Foxx: The double x Foxx, of course.
Jani St. James: Cats

If you got super famous and had to change your name, what would your new name be?
Taime Downz: I’d probably change my name to a symbol for peace … or piece.
Billy C: Wolfhound
Rob Foxx: Uli Rach
Jani St. James: If? Jani St. James. Duh.

What famous musician would you love to sing/play a duet with?
Taime Downz: I’d do a duet with Bach. Dude slaps. Just hits different (in my Zach Stevens voice).
Billy C: My mom
Rob Foxx: The Beebs
Jani St. James: Billy C

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