To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing Celiac:
How would you best describe your music?
I’d call myself an industrial, noise, n solo act.
How did your band / musical project start?
As a bedroom recording project when I was 17, ill and bed-bound.
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
I usually focus on the personal, but the personal is increasingly political. I write about gender dysphoria, harassment, stalking, recovering from sexual abuse, and basically anything else I feel needs exploring. I’ve also got a lot of grim fascinations with true stories of murders, missing persons and other unsolved crimes, so they tend to come up as lyrical themes too. I try to tie them in with political themes when I can.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Playing just about every show is a highlight to me. I’m endlessly amazed at how people respond to my music; how many people get what I have to say. I’m so happy to simply be on stage — it was always somewhere I thought I’d never get to be.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
I have some very long standing influences, which I always seem to come back to: Big Black is my main one, and I also love Kate Bush. I try my best to blend the masculine and feminine flair together. Right now, I’ve been listening to a bunch of hip hop: Danny Brown, Mobb Deep, Vince Staples, Kitty and Nicki Minaj, and electronic artists like Coil, Underworld and NiN. It’ll be interesting to see how these might influence my future releases.
Where can people find your music?
I do pretty much everything on my Bandcamp: celiac.bandcamp.com