What can people expect from the set you’ll be performing at Ainslie Salon: Sonic Travels?
Loud noises and samples! I’m trying to cook up something unique for each solo performance at the moment, but loud noises and samples and feedback are the fundamental tools.
Who has had the greatest impact on your development as an artist?
The person who springs to mind immediately is Ben Weinman, guitarist for the Dillinger Escape Plan. Dillinger were (and still are) massively important for me as a teenager, just musically, but the way Ben wrapped DIY methods and politics into that band continues to be very inspiring and guiding for me. Other artists who have had huge impacts on me are Karina Utomo and Jennifer Walshe.
What are you most looking forward to in regards to your upcoming performance at Ainslie Salon: Sonic Travels?
Honestly the thing I’m most looking forward to about playing Ainslie Salon is supporting and seeing Senyawa. Them and some of their label mates are very exciting for me so it would be radical just to see them play! I’m also excited to share the noise work I’m doing. It brings together the “composition” and “punk music” spheres of my work, which have been pretty separate until recently.
How would you describe the Canberra music scene you are a part of and which local performers do you think people should know about?
If you don’t know Thantu Thikha definitely try to catch them live! Young people doing very sick and politically conscious hardcore. Also look out for Yona Su, who has been doing important and explicitly political work in classical music here. Always keep an eye out for Richard Johnson and any SoundOut events too! Box Dye too. Many people worth mentioning!
When you’re not creating music, how do you like to spend your time?
I like reading and I like spending time with my friends. I do a lot of organising work, there’s always something like that on the boil. I’m trying to find the time to listen to more new music, this seems to slip away from me…