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Static People
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About Me
STATIC PEOPLE posits a parallel universe where punk and pop are conjoined twins then splits them with a buzzsaw guitar. The result is an atomic burst of refined madness that is as precise as it is lysergic, feral on the edges and underscored by the warm hum of a radioactive heart. Produced by multi-platinum producer Jason Carmer.

Best Punk/Post Punk Artist 2013(Toxic Overload single)
Artists in Music Awards, Los Angeles

Rare Creatures EP 2014
The Late Projectionist LP 2011
Static People EP 2010
Website :
singer, shit disturber and general old school DIY chica
Favorite bands:
lots of hip hop 1978-2011 and then some
lots of punk rock 1977-1990 and then some
lots of jazz and blues 1880-1975 and then some
soul music 1960 - 2011 and then some
all kinds of music from all over the erf
Favorite movies:
need to discuss this over coffee
Favorite books:
Favorite Magazines:
"you're an american robot mother, you find yourself in a magazine..."
-Static People
Favorite TV shows:
TV sucks ass but Dave Chappelle made it much better.
Relationship status:
wouldn't you like to know
takes a village
Question For Bands: Genre?
Rock/Punk/Indie/Pop Underground
Band Question - Band Members:
Dmitra Smith--voice, keyboards
Pascal Faivre--guitar
Shawn Miller --Bass
Band Question - Sounds like:
you tell me, haven't found the little box people want to cram us in yet.
Band Question - Musical Influences:
way too many to mention!
Band Question - Record label:
DIY, Self-Distro

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Press Quotes

"Static People are destined to be your next favourite band. They combine distorted greatness, old school punk vibes and a touch of noisy indie – you need them in your life."
--Somojo Magazine UK

"Static People make you feel your heart beating in its cage. Tank grrl Dmitra Smith’s scrumptious voice, add the backing of Pascal Faivre…you get raving rock 'n' roll to grit your teeth to."
--New York Waste

"Each track has Dmitra Smith's voice front and center, full of the same angst and derision that propelled Patti Smith to stardom."
--The Ripple Effect

“A great mixture of shine and grit.”
--Vandala Concepts


Band Members:
Dmitra Smith began singing at age 8 in her native Seattle, enduring torture from a closeted and bitchy girl’s choir director who punched his stomach while screaming the word "SUPPORT" at small children. She credits him for her 3 octave range. She relocated to San Francisco in 1992 to join marimba driven rock project Fuzz Factor with guitarist Joe Gore(Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, The Eels, Hole). She was a member of industrial noise and television-exploding project Sharkbait, as well as lo-fi indie trio Florida. Her vocal sways include Billie Holiday, Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Hagen, Diamanda Galas, Nina Simoone, Robert Smith, and HR.

Guitarist Pascal Faivre is from Pontarlier, France, the capital of absinthe. He discovered punk rock at age 10, put a huge box of laundry soap into the town fountain with his hooligan friends which created 4' high suds for blocks, started his first bands Les Cochons Dingues and Corbeaux Drivers, and wriggled out of mandatory army duty with sublime trickery. He is also a film actor who got his first taste for acting in 1973, when French director Jean Chapot cast him in a small part in The Burned Barns with Alain Delon and Simone Signoret. He performed his scenes in his favorite fuzzy pink pajamas.

Drummer Ken Shelf enjoys the flavor nuggets of miasmatic dissonance between the beats, or rather around them.  He makes his home in the moments before and after perfect timing.  He is a veteran of the Bay Area indie/experimental music scene, playing for Santa Cruz grind-core band Head Case-O-Matic in the mid-90's and San Francisco party gods The Dont's for the first decade of this millennium.  He sees percussion as the meeting point of math and poetry while employing a heavy dose of poetic license, and a calculator.  When  not creating music, he makes phantasmagorical art with plants and glass at his San Francisco store, Succulence.  He is the father of two, the husband of one, and if he were a fruit, he'd probably be a perfectly ripe banana. 


Other cohorts:

Jim Valavanis, Bass

Daedalus Howell, Bass

Mundo Murguia, Drums

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It's a Wrap-- Static People shoot video for "The Late Projectionist"

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments


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Bowie--a 30 year obsession--and counting

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Black History Month--do or Die? Wall Street and American Slavery, Then and Now

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Jean  Michel Basquiat  "Slave Auction"


A Response to the discussion on the importance(or not) of Black History Month

Let me start by quoting Dr. Carter G Woodson, the founder of Negro History Week, who definitely said it right:



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At 3:51pm on April 23, 2014, Jordana said…

You're work is totally worth it! The lyrics to Toxic Overload resonated with me. Even though it was written with  autistic children in mind (i think?), anyone who was born with any difference which society deems inappropriate can relate to it.

The choice of chords and overall structure of that tune is TIGHT! 

If you ever want a Drum'n'Bass/Drumstep/Rockstep remix of any of your stuff, just ask. I'll do it for free and it would be an *honor*

here's my bio:

At 12:04pm on April 23, 2014, Jordana said…

OMG @Static People - Thank you so much for the wall post! I so want to go to the show on the 24th in Seattle. Too bad I will be out of town then :( :( :( 

Like I said, your music spoke to me from the first time I heard Toxic Overload!!!!!!

At 10:11am on March 29, 2012, Elephant 12 said…

Hey there check out our new video Holiday and spread the LOVE!! :)

Peace E 12

At 6:38am on March 1, 2012, Jacob K. said…
At 7:16am on December 16, 2011, Paulo Rodrigues said…

tank´s and good luck.

Peace :-)

At 6:35pm on October 17, 2011, The Retrospective said…
why thank you! :D
At 4:41pm on October 13, 2011, The Retrospective said…
I like your sound..ah yes, me gusto! :D
At 4:55pm on October 12, 2011, Irene Merring said…
U know it my dear! Afro-Punk chicks unite!!! :-)
At 2:23pm on August 15, 2011, Elephant 12 said…

Aloha you peeps :) check out our video Diet Coke and spread the love

We also have an EP coming out on the 19th of september but it's actually available on line right now,just click here:


Peace E 12


Peace Robbie 12
At 4:10am on April 17, 2011, Vanessa said…

Hey hey! I've actually been keeping up with your website ever since i saw you guys on here and noticed that you all are from nor cal.

great music!

i wanted to invite you guys to Napa Valley College on April 28th @ 6pm, my club Student Multicultural Alliance is hosting a screening of Afro-Punk, please come out! That would be fuckin amazing.






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