Today’s Millvale Music Festival Inquisition features Heather Kropf. She will be performing as a solo artist at The War Room at Mr. Smalls beginning at 6:50.

List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.

Heather Kropf, Too Tall Americanos, Schpaklava

What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?

Joni Mitchell Court and Spark, Sting Dream of the Blue Turtles, Kate Bush The Sensual World, Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing

What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?

I used to get artists to sign little styrofoam plates because of the durability

Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love. 

Love the community, and the bench of talent could be deeper than it is

What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?

I don’t prefer social media

If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be?

Right now my favorite song to perform live is Ghost Town so I’d say that one

Who would you cast in the movie of your band?

I’d project my life into the future and ask Susan Sarandon to play the older me. The rest of the cast would include people like Judd Nelson and Robert De Niro.

How does your family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?

My parents are supportive but don’t always get it. They live outside Seattle so they’ve only been to maybe 3-4 shows over my 20 years doing this.

What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?

Chris Parker, for a previously locally-based artist, which means Dave Throckmorton is also on that list. Touring is Brian Blade, Lizz Wright, Joni Mitchell.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?

A drunk 80+ year old dancing to my songs told me after I stopped playing to “play something more upbeat”

Does your band have any shows coming up or other newsworthy events (album release, etc)?

Yes, I’m doing a spring tour, hitting towns in TN, IN, MI, OH, PA and NY


Photo by Joe Bray