Interview: Christa B. Allen and Johnny What discuss controversial new Pour Vous video, "Scorpio"
Photo courtesy of Pour Vous and used with permission.

Pour Vous, the duo of actress Christa B. Allen (ABC’s “Revenge, “13 Going on 30”) and producer Johnny What (Bråves) describe their music as dark, sexy and subversively naughty. Perhaps nothing confirms this more than their sensual new single and NSFW video, “Scorpio”.

The infectiousness of Allen’s hauntingly ethereal vocal, combined with a tight production that includes religious elements and lurid images of sex, rebellion and taboo, leaves nothing to the imagination. The result is a stunningly beautiful, and often uncomfortable, look at personal introspection and female empowerment.

AXS recently spoke with Christa Allen and Johnny What about “Scorpio”, Pour Vous and more in this exclusive new interview.

Christa Allen: “Scorpio” was the first song Johnny and I wrote together. It wasn’t that we intentionally tried to write a song on this subject matter. It just seemed natural to write about sex, love and two people in a relationship. 

Johnny What: Christa and I both love sexy music. We discussed a little of what we wanted to talk about, and “Scorpio” was the beginning of that. We had a lot of fun with the lyrics and trying to figure out as many ways to say, “f#ck me good”, as possible. [laughs].

AXS: Where did the idea for the video originate?

JW: The idea of having someone on a cross receiving oral sex was one I’d had for a while. When I brought the idea to Christa, she suggested we make the cross out of televisions with images of powerful women or sexual revolutionaries behind her. It was a timely idea.

AXS: Christa, did you have any reservations about doing the video? There’s very little left to the imagination.

CA: I had no reservations because I strongly believe in the concept and was excited about executing it in the best possible way. There are so many different meanings you can take away from the video. It brings out whatever speaks to you. For me, an interesting element was being crucified on a cross made of televisions. It spoke to my history of being on TV for the past sixteen years. I also come from a very conservative family that doesn’t believe in females wanting sex for pleasure. For them, sex should be for procreation only and having babies. Women shouldn’t be ashamed of their sexuality, and I couldn’t be more excited about putting that message into the world.

Click here to watch the NSFW video for "Scorpio".

AXS: You mentioned the video having many different meanings. Was there a particular message you wanted people to take away from it?

CA: The main message is to empower female sexuality. And it’s not only worshipping a woman by giving her pleasure on a cross, but we’re also dedicating the art to all the women who have inspired us and been pioneers in different ways.

JW: I like to make videos that make people uncomfortable, and the reason I like it is because there’s nothing that makes you more introspective than being uncomfortable. Hopefully, it forces you to ask yourself why?  Why am I feeling this way? Finding the answer to why you’re uncomfortable is a big deal. Some people may have their own reservations about being against it, but the truth is, we’re just holding up a mirror.

AXS: Christa, can you give me an update on your new film, “The Queen of Sin”?

CA: It’s another controversial piece and an incredible film experience I had in Montreal toward the end of last year. I’ve never shot a movie that was this edgy. The young woman I play in the film is very timid and insecure, but she develops a very strong and sexy alter ego identity with an interest in BDSM. It’s cool to see people are embracing these things more and its becoming less taboo. You see people clutching their pearls when they watch our music video, but how many millions of those same people are devoted fans to “Fifty Shades of Grey”? It’s not all that different, and I’m excited that people are starting to embrace it more. 

AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

CA: We’re writing all the time and constantly creating. It’s the artist grind. Always trying to make something cool.