Interviews

Snapshots of the Past: An Interview with Saint Etienne

In A London Cafe.

Saint Etienne talk about their new photo book, the appeal of London, and performing for charity as the follow-up act to a bunch of clowns.

“I found it emotional, yeah, but in a really joyous way. It was just really, really great. We laughed at a lot of pictures. It made you kind of go back and look at the time – and it made you think, ‘You know, we did a lot’.”

Getting Go: An Interview with Cory Krueckeberg

Reality Go-Go.

Cory Krueckeberg talks about Getting Go: The Go Doc Project and the ways in which we look not for the real but the ideal in a culture dominated by social media.

“It’s crucial to maintain your own identity so when I say I want to bridge the gap between queer and mainstream cinema I want to gay stories with a gay point of view but make them something the mass audience will want to see and not just a gay audience.”

Speaking Words: An Interview with Walter Thomas Beck III

Queer Revolution.

Walter Beck about how performance poetry is an electric force that is returning the art form “to the bars and the gutters”.

“Everybody has something to say and a story to tell, we all have passions, dreams, heartbreaks. Poetry is the tool that allows everybody to speak.<"

Speaking Words: An Interview with Keith Jarrett

Queer Spaces.

In the third of a series on queer performance poets, Keith Jarrett talks about performance poetry as social commentary and the importance of safe queer spaces.

“There are places I feel less comfortable, where I feel less represented. Queer spaces redress that balance a little.”

Rising Up: An Interview with Lady Lazarus

All My Love In Half Light.

Lady Lazarus, aka Melissa Sweat, talks about her fascination with composition and the healing that music has given her.

“I admired a good many solo artists like Cat Power, Smog, and Mount Eerie, who went under these poetic pseudonyms or project names. It conveys that the music is far bigger than just the individual.”

Against Cultural Norms: An Interview with CN Lester

Genderqueer.

CN Lester talks about activism, what it’s like to be openly genderqueer in the music industry, and the issues facing the trans population today.

“Any industry where the goal is to shift product – ticket sales, album sales, product placement – struggles when the ‘brand’ you’re selling goes against cultural norms..”

Speaking Words: An Interview with Sophia Blackwell

Speaking Queer.

In the first of a series on queer performance poets, Laura Macdougall talks to Nick Field about blending physical theatre, music and spoken word.

“Think of all the parts of the world where we couldn’t do something like Queer’Say; why would we not make use of that opportunity when we’re lucky enough to live in a society that allows us to? Out of politeness?.”

Speaking Words: An Interview with Nick Field

Queer Words.

In the first of a series on queer performance poets, Laura Macdougall talks to Nick Field about blending physical theatre, music and spoken word.

“For queer artists in spoken word and performance poetry there are still challenges in getting heard and featured, even if the work is not necessarily queer focussed.”

White Sea: An Interview With Morgan Kibby

In Cold Blood.

Morgan Kibby, M83 collaborator, is the force behind White Sea. She talks about what it was like to write, record and produce her own album.

“If I hadn’t learned how to use ProTools my music would ultimately have been shaped by another producer instead of myself. I make beats, layer vocals, play with synth sounds and so my music is very much defined by my ability and flexibility with technology.”

Tom Spanbauer: In Conversation

Dangerous Writing.

Tom Spanbauer talks about how he uses confessional writing and graphic sex scenes on his search for truth.

“If my father could have owned slaves he would. He was a brutal man who beat me, you know? There’s still some part of me who’s trying to get that little boy out of that space of doom and fear and bring him back up to the light.”