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"Performance becomes a world you can fall into… When I look out at the audience, I visualise a forest of dark emerald green trees beyond and a midnight sky above. I want to take the audience to a fantastical, but raw and animalistic place. Sometimes people in the audience cry and sometimes they howl… My sound is really dark and nocturnal, there is a huge connection to the spirit and the unknown. It's ethereal, textural, sensual, and when you take it live, it bursts out into 3D – all the power and rawness really comes through. Whenever you're doing something from the heart, you're on a spiritual journey… If you keep doing the same thing, you're not developing and not moving forward. I'm getting much more confident now, what you see onstage is a concentrated version of myself. Sometimes when I perform, I bang a big stick on stage - it's a bit Fleetwood Mac meets tribal. It's a shamanistic, Native American thing to do I guess…
It's almost as though I'm summoning the spirits. I really like the idea of theatricality and stage personas – of metamorphosing and transforming visually and musically into something else. I have quite a distinctive look, it's really a visual extension of who I am. I wear head-dresses and crazy make-up, and I like to wear a lot of gold, it's quite Egyptian… My music and style really work together, it's a two way relationship where they're always helping each other out. My lyrics are cinematic and really strong in symbolism, Halloween and forests and films by David Lynch are huge influences, the song 'Horse and I' actually came from a haunting dream of mine. My new video ('What's a girl to do') is based on what I call the 'hoody' films, like ET and Donnie Darko - wearing costumes and riding bikes at night through woodland against moonbeams and dark skies."
Lyrics from 'Horse and I' - "Got woken in the night, by a mystic golden light, my head soaked in river water, I had been dressed in a coat of armour, they called a horse out of the woodland, take her there through the desert shores…"
"Sometimes when I'm in a bad mood, I put on clothing that gives me power and I'm ready for war - because that's life, every day is a war. I wear my headband all the time, it's an ornament I love - it's a black, gold and pearl belt from a charity shop I changed to wear on my head. I wear no jewels - my headband is my ornament to give me power and protect me. Every day I wear a costume – my style is freaky. I make a dangerous mix of streetwear, cabaret and flea-market pieces. My music has no connection with my style, I'm really natural and wear the same clothing on and offstage. I put into Kap Bambino everything that's in my brain and sensibility…
I like glamour and 50s pin-ups because it's important to be a real woman. I don't have idols, but the amazing French punk band, 'Lu Crate Milk', from the early 80s is really inspiring to me. This band was so freaky punk - you can't describe their style, I hate it when you can describe a look because it's common. It's important for me to create a personal image with my music and the clothing I wear. Our music is different, intense and dance-floor, it's really violent and our performances are cathartic experiences. I connect with the audience over savage dance and everyone goes crazy, it's a release like therapy. Kap Bambino are a live band, we are all about performance - we are impulsive and spontaneous. I hate art school. I hate art gallery. I hate theatre. I hate comedians. I hate the normal code of stage and music – Kap Bambino is about creating something new. It's really dangerous to say this, but it's true. We want everyone to listen to us for the music, not for my face or my ass on stage."
"Performing is almost primal for me.. I run on adrenalin and go into a sort of trance, my show is so high energy it's like a work out. We wanted to create one of the most high-energy albums around – it's fast, aggressive, punky, electronic and industrial, it's almost exhausting. I wear outrageous outfits on stage like stretchy dance suits I've made myself on a sewing machine – and because I'm not the best sewer they fall apart by the end of each show. My stage style is inspired by modern Japanese Butoh theatre, the performers wear white on their face and are very physical and intense, I also love 70s androgyny - the outrageous bold colours and layering.
I was always really interested in fashion and would look at magazines growing up… but I was pretty removed from that world. I grew up in a remote part of Canada, in a cabin in the middle of a forest. We were raised in a totally non-commercial environment by hippy artist parents. I was really outdoors, built treehouses, spent a lot of time on my own. As a teenager I got into fashion and discovered heavy goth and punk music, Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich were really big influences on my sound and image… Nina Hagen is amazing because she's just so powerful. I've found I feel more powerful as a performer if I wear certain items – when I'm on stage that's very important, it's my number one concern that I command attention from the audience. When I perform I want to be 100 percent confident and completely aware of my body, I never do anything half-ass – I'm always full of energy, everything I do is done with conviction. I really shock the crowd, sometimes they're just staring buggle-eyed… they really don't know how to react."