Please explain what just happened.

Joe is playing one of our new songs in my living room while we watch Groundhog Day. Seb and Jamesy are out getting firewood and snacks for our Joshua Tree trip we’re about to leave for. I hope they get s’mores, but I forgot to ask them.

What is your earliest memory?

My first memory involves me being in a high chair and is totally embarrassing, but I’m serious. I can’t believe I remember being that young. So I’ll go with when my mom and I threw away all my baby bottles and I cried about it.

If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?

I have no idea now. I’ve done it all, I’ve waited tables, designed a clothing line, wrote for a magazine, worked as an entertainment publicist. I have career ADD. But this one just hits the spot, I guess.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Two-week-old shrimp from a Family of the Year cookout we had a couple weeks back. I think Jamesy’s impressive salad is still in there too. There’s a champagne glass of salsa because Seb only eats chips in style. Some sparkling water, an onion, and I think a box of baking soda.

What verb best describes you?

Chrissy! It’s a verb here.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

I would tell myself that flat irons were about to save my life, give myself some wardrobe advice, and that my dad was right about the fact that I’d thank him for forcing me into piano lessons at some point in the future. Thanks Dad!

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

I try to keep composed, but I’m never really sure if I’m brushing things off or bottling them up. I guess we’ll see.

Define “success.”

Doing what makes you happy and making enough money somehow so you can continue doing it. That, and Bentleys and Cristal.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

It’s cheesy, but I love Gwen Stefani. She’s a respectable woman and the coolest girl, probably. Not that I’ve ever met her, but I’ve loved her forever. I used to have contests with my friends about who could collect the most Gwen pictures and put them on their binder. I think I won, with 32. And I designed a No Doubt fan website in 7th grade too, that played a midi version of “Spiderwebs.” And Joe is kind of a great inspiration. He teaches me everything I know with all sorts of patience and allows lots of creative freedom.

What change do you want to be in the world?

Maybe some sort of inspiration to people about following their dreams? Yeah it’s been said before, but I wasn’t exactly encouraged to pursue arts as a career growing up, but I’ve kind of always felt it was something I needed to do. I’ve been given this opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted and am willing to work as hard as I can to make that happen.

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

Oh, I am so pro-emoticon. My dry sense of humor would not fare well over the Internet sans wink faces. 😉

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I just googled him and apparently he was in “Beauty Shop.” At my old job we represented Sherri Shepherd and Lisa Raye who were also in that, so I guess I skip a couple degrees!

What makes you feel most guilty?

Lying, but I uuuusually come clean. I’m a horrible liar anyway.

Please list three things you never leave home without.

My cell phone, my sunglasses, wallet. Except today I forgot my sunglasses and it sucked.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Probably something that involved revenge.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

I don’t think I’m a great advice giver, but usually it’s telling one of my friends to stop hanging out with their bad boyfriends.

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Being lied to.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

Who’s Line is it Anyway? Probably the best game show out there. Is there a board game yet?

What do you want to know?

Why that lamb was born with the human face. And I want to know why I dream less than I used to. And the real deal with ghosts. Way more about why people do the things they do. Guess I should start reading some psychology books again.

What would you like your last words to be?

“I love you,” to whomever is there by my side. Unless I’m getting murdered, I suppose. (Unless that will make him stop?)

Please explain what will happen.

We’re gonna go to Joshua Tree and have some fun, then we’re going to come back and take over the world.

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CHRISTINA SCHROETER is the keyboard player in FAMILY OF THE YEAR, a band which creates narcotic harmonies that blend seamlessly with its evocative lyrics. The result is a buoyant collection of songs that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Add to that a magnificent stage presence and expansive live sound, and you have a delicious, sentimental romp through time and space.

Family of the Year’s classic musical approach is integrated with a modern, upbeat sound, channeling Fleetwood Mac’s musical stylings with a hint of late-era Beatles. Spin magazine calls it “a collective that's equally comfortable harmonizing on '70s-style Hollywood Hills piano rock as it is churning out urgent, high-tech indie pop.”

In 2009, FOTY self-released its debut EP Where’s the Sun on its Washashore imprint. The buzz has been building ever since. FOTY was handpicked from a group of 700 artists by Ben Folds and Keith Lockhart to open for Ben and The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Soon after, SPIN.com selected it as one 25 Must-Hear Bands from the 2009 CMJ Festival.

Like most American families, the members of FOTY have roots in a variety of locales. Brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe grew up in Wales before staking their claim as locals on the rustic country island of Martha’s Vineyard, where they grew up with Meredith Sheldon and Farley Glavin. Christina Schroeter is a misfit from Orange County, CA, and southern gentleman James Buckey grew up in Jacksonville, FL.

The boys and Christina met in LA, and Meredith moved from Martha's Vineyard to complete the ensemble. When they're not practicing, you can bet that this tight-knit group is hanging out. Whether playing board games at the practice space or sitting by the backyard fire pit over a jug of wine, FOTY truly consider each other family.

4 responses to “21 Questions with Family of the Year’s Christina Schroeter”

  1. Simon Smithson says:

    “Oh, I am so pro-emoticon. My dry sense of humor would not fare well over the Internet sans wink faces. ;)”

    I love that the advent of emoticons suddenly opened up so many more possibilities for human communication. Nice to have you with us, Christina!

  2. One of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time. It was lovely meeting you all and I’m so happy to have you here!

  3. Duke Silver says:

    The hot chick in the band is funny. You go girl. PS. I provided a fake name and email address, suckers.

  4. mark says:

    i think i love you. come to philly and please hook me up with some tickets !! especially if you do a studio session at radio1045 (which i am sure you will at some point, even though you probably have no idea what i am talking about )

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