Interview by Allison Daroie
Noe Carmichael aka Saucy Lady is a local Boston favorite. She’s a woman of many hats (and wigs). By day she’s a Senior Project Manager for a global e-commerce company and by night you can find her strutting around the city as a DJ, singer and model. Brains, musical creativity and beauty encompass this Monday Maven! And style… she’s so damn groovy! Enjoy…AD: Please explain who you are and what you do.
NC: During the daylight hours, I work as a Senior Project Manager for a global eCommerce company. After 5pm, I transition into what the city may sometimes refer to me as, the Beantown Disco Queen, aka Saucy Lady. There are times I may DJ, some evenings I may perform with my Honey Sauce Band, or record original vocals in a sensual studio environment. I also started a music label with Audio Chemists LLC, so I manage that. Once in a while, I may strut through a make-shift fashion runway.
AD: Where are you from originally?
NC: An intergalactic space, where staying on groove is a requirement for survival.
AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate?
NC: Inspirational funk, boogie, jazz, hip hop, and disco tunes gave me my mojo. The music brought me life. I’ve grown up surrounded by jazz records, listening to Mingus, Sun Ra, Ornette, Sonny Rollins, Monk, to Miles. Trained in classical piano and voice, I’ve enjoyed how elegantly detailed and intensely architectural jazz and classical music arrangements and compositions can be. The music transports you through unimaginable mental, spiritual, and physical adventures. The passion that my musical predecessors have expressed motivates me to continue pursuing further musical learning and exposure to new sounds.
AD: What is a typical day like for you?
NC: A typical work day would start with feeding my cats Meenah and Dora, watering my plants, then establish my day’s outfit. I would beautify my tresses, and head out the door with a fresh face, and greet the day’s adventures with open arms. I’m not always in the best of moods, but I try to be anyway. That’s just the morning. During the daytime, I’m “boss-lady” and when time’s up, you may find me doing yoga or pilates and flexing my muscles. I climb stairs every day, I dislike elevators unless I have to go up to floors of double digits. I love to cook, and in the summer time I may pick some garden vegetables from my yard, or cook some odd looking organic squash from the farmer’s market. I try to make it to a party or two on a regular basis if I’m not doing a gig or recording. My day consists of some form of creative work.
AD: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
NC: Shitty people. They’re everywhere. Ignorant, unsympathetic, assholes. I dislike them extremely, and they are the biggest impediment to my living a healthy, creative life.
AD: What was your proudest moment?
NC: I find proud moments all over the place, almost on a daily basis. Getting through each day, makes me proud.
AD: What does being successful mean to you?
NC: Having a balanced life, and being happy. Success should be a shared universal experience where ultimate happiness would be making myself happy AND making others happy at the same time. I can’t be too selfish, I rather share that when others are willing to accept.
AD: What advice would you give your younger self?
NC: Don’t be so stupid. Appreciate your wrinkle-free face and stop tanning so much.
AD: How do you unwind?
NC: Beach in the summer. Party all seasons.
AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
NC: I work out regularly almost daily. As mentioned earlier, yoga and pilates are my go-to work-outs and meditation regimens.
AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
NC: Wash, tone, moisturize. Repeat. To be specific, I love my rosewater glycerin toner. It smells great. I also wear the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct Sheer Nude SPF 30. That also smells great. I’ve dabbed on eye creams since I was 13 years old and it seems to have made a difference. I read labels to make sure there are no parabens so I don’t expose myself to the potential of getting certain cancers.
AD: What’s a hidden gem in your area? (It can be a cafe, store, studio, etc.)
NC: Paris Street Gallery on 101 Paris Street, Everett, MA. The location offers events, art gallery, music studio, and my business partner and I have our Audio Chemists office and music studio there.
AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
NC: Boy Toy by the Honey Sauce Band (officially releasing in September.)
AD: Who is the most inspiring person in your area and why?
NC: Yuki “monolog” Kanesaka. He helped unleash my musical potential. He’s also the musical director for my band, and a multi-instrumentalist/producer/b-boy extraordinaire. Plus, he’s quite a sweet man.
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier?
NC: Less to carry. I have a diverse façade, so it is convenient in that sense.
AD: Is there any last comment you would like to leave us with?
NC: Advice to humanity. Have an open mind. Don’t stress so much. Most likely, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal.