Kitsune has made a mysterious appearance on our horizons of late and we think that there is something musically special going on here. We got in touch ahead of their appearance at LA FEMME this weekend with a few questions and here’s what Kitsune had to say.
Any female artists out there who made a big impact on you as an artist? If so who? and why?
I can’t not say Kathleen Hanna… Her role as a female musician, her presence in the riot grrrl movement and as a feminist activist has always been inspiring; she’s been a positive influential female role model for women of all walks for decades. Other than the obvious; I’ve always had big love for the girls from Babes In Toyland (my all-time favourite girl band to this day), Brody Dalle of The Distillers, Courtney Love of Hole. All of these women have made a massive impact on music, even beyond the punk rock/grunge scene, simply by breaking the mould through being themselves, not conforming to pop culture’s physical and social expectations of women and generally kicking ass as musicians.
What does it mean to you personally to be a female artist in 2015?
It’s a weird thing. People want to think that it’s no different to being a male artist, that everything is all gravy when it comes to gender equality in this day and age, but we aren’t quite there yet, unfortunately. You only have to look around to see that the world of music is saturated by male musicians and seriously women-deficient. I have personally found that it can be difficult being taken seriously as a driven female musician; you get really sick of people dismissing your work as “cute” or straight up sexualizing your art and going for the whole “she plays guitar (or whatever) that’s hot…” thing. I can see it getting better though, there are a bunch of really cool female artists making waves. I just can’t wait for the day when it stops being such a novelty. Our tits don’t write the music, you know?
What music are you listening to right now?
I’m fairly stuck in the past when it comes to music – I’ve pretty much had the same list of favourite bands since I was a teenager. I’ve always been into grunge/punk/alt rock circa the late 80s – 90s, but I’ve always had a huge soft spot for heavier, darker stuff too, new and old. If I had to choose one band to listen to for the rest of my life I’d have to say Deftones. Every member of that band is a musical freak. They’ve just got it.
Is there a female artist that you look at and say to yourself “she’s doin it right!”
Chelsea Wolfe. I remember stumbling across her stuff years ago and going through this mini emotional roller coaster that went from “holy shit… She’s amazing…” to “she writes how I write. She’s doing what I want to be doing. She’s beaten me to it. SHIT…” in half a second. Damn you, Chelsea Wolfe! (Not really though, you’re awesome. Don’t ever stop…)
What are you working on right now?
Most importantly we are working on finding a permanent drummer! (Any takers…?) We’re always writing though, despite being drummer-less. We’ve just kind of written whatever comes naturally from day dot, which has resulted in a surplus of material (finished and unfinished) that’s really diverse in style and genre. A lot of our older songs naturally ended up having a kind of poppy, grungy feel to them – we’ll be playing some of those for La Femme – but we also have songs in the works with a much darker, heavier sound, which is pretty much where our heads are at now. It’s been hard working out which direction to take, but I think we’re sort of on our way to something pretty cool…
If you were the boss of the music industry what would you do to make things better for musicians in this Country?
Kill the internet! Nah, the internet has been both a blessing and a curse for music. I do wish we’d carried over elements of how things used to be before the internet though. I just hate seeing actual talent slip through the gaps to be replaced by superficiality, money-hoarding and who/how many people you know. I guess if I were the boss of the music industry I’d just be making sure that talent didn’t slip away unseen. And that there was free vegan pizza at every show.
MY SYDNEY RIOT PRESENTS…
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SAT 9 MAY
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KITSUNE /// 10.15PM – 10.45PM