we are asking a few of our previous competitors their thoughts on the subject. This episode brings you a first time competitor,
The 2013 Portland US Air Guitar Qualifier 3rd place winner
Sahexy aka Sahara Scott, who was then invited to compete
in The Darkhorse Competition in Los Angeles, California.
How did you choose your air name and what is the difference if any between you and your air persona "Sahexy"?
Sahexy has been my nickname since a young age. I was at a friend's neighborhood block party and we had to wear name tags as a get to know you type thing. One of my girlfriend's wrote "Sahexy" on mine and it just sort of stuck. The embarrassing part of the story is that we were the only young people at the party, so all these grandparent aged folks were calling me that. It was also my Myspace nickname! As for personality differences? I like to think that my air persona is pretty true to my regular seven-nights-a-week-let's-get-drunk persona. Surprisingly, I was sober for my first performance.
Why did you decide to compete in air guitar and was there anything about being in a competition that was surprising to you?
I come from a family of air guitarists, so it was just a matter of time before I officially joined the fun- beyond being an air groupie! My sister, Arora Nasty, and (might as well be) my brother, Tony Tapatio, were my real influences. After a night of drinking with those fools in 2012, I bought a plane ticket to Denver for Nationals, and I would say that's where I really fell in love with the whole thing. The camaraderie, the passion- I was swept up in it and I haven't looked back. What I was surprised about is how little of my performances I actually remember. I feel like I blacked out each time.
Have you come upon any challenges specific to being a female competitive air guitarist? If so, what are they?
I've only competed one year, so I can't say I've really noticed anything personally. Everyone was super supportive last year because I was essentially the only female competitor in Portland. If anything, I think it was an advantage for me. I have, however, seen other female competitors be brushed aside for being "too sexual" or "not sexy enough". Which is total bullshit!
Do you have any advice to anyone who is thinking about competing, if so what would it be?
Don't worry about being "good". The worst that can happen is that you are initiated into this amazing group of people who have their arms wide open and ready to accept you as one of them.
Word on the street is that many air guitarists are karaoke fans, if "Sahexy" was a karaoke song what song would she be?
Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground, or maybe Maneater by Nelly Furtado. They're both pretty similar in theme. But mainly Femme Fatale because Nico can't really sing but people thought she was attractive, and Sahexy can't really play air guitar but people think she is attractive.