Who is Lady Neptune & how did you start this project?
Lady Neptune was derived when a friend asked me to sing on an acid house track about driving in space. I enjoyed delving into this cosmic persona, and so kept the name for music I was making on my own. But actually she’s not a persona. She’s me at my most honest. All the things I’m truly influenced by but usually suppress for various reasons.a
What are the influences that inform Lady Neptune’s sound and aesthetics?
At first the songs I was writing were influenced by the cassettes of lo fi bands I was listening to on this beaten old cassette recorder. They were wonky and abstract and I loved them. At that time, I didn’t have internet or TV, but I listen to this one ‘mooncreatures’ tape on repeat so much that it warped. My aesthetics come from obsessively watching 1970’s disco videos, shops full of cheap toys and maybe most importantly I am exploring the aesthetics culturally given to teenage girls in the 20th century. I love tumblr girls who use pink glittery writing to tell everyone to go fuck themselves; it’s really interesting, society tries to give women a role to stick to constantly. But when women say, okay I’ll take what you give me but I’m going to use it to show contradictions within the rules set upon women, that’s when something clicks in my head.
Your first two EPs are called Save Planet Earth and Destroy The Moon, the latter realised in 2014; is the space theme linked to a post-Internet aesthetics? I am thinking about the covers of your EPs and your videos, for example the video for Sonic Light.
I didn’t start thinking about post-Internet art really, I make collages when I research work and I guess when I’m
broke I’ll just do the same but using images from the internet instead of magazines. The cover for Saves Planet Earth was from some collages I was working on in this way. To be honest it was developed from procrastination; that’s what a lot of net art feels like sometimes, creative procrastination used to the artists advantage.
I’ve only just started making digital videos really. The first video I made as Lady Neptune was with a Super8 camera in a fair ground, I used to hand splice my own film, I’ve only learnt Final Cut in the last year. I shot the video for Sonic Light at 3am and I just had an urge to create something, I was like “I have a digital camera now! I don’t have to wait 3 weeks to get the footage back! I can just make something right now?!”, it was a failed attempt in totally ripping off Lipps Inc’s video for Funky Town.
& why “Neptune”?
It has a blue coloration, and it rains Diamonds.
The third track in Destroy the Moon is called Get out of Here; do you refer to a hyperreality, made of Sonic Light, BlackHoles & Beyon$e… ?
Those things, plus pop tarts, hindu temples and girls dancing in sparkling silver sandals.
What are your songs about? & what inspires them?
I don’t usually think of ideas for songs and write them down. They are reactions to my own emotions caused by life events, and in that way I guess I write music pretty organically. It can be anything, someone pissing me off, something making me laugh. For example, I wrote Sonic Light after texting goodbye to someone I wouldn’t be seeing for a while, I joked about them becoming a ball of light, i.e my phone screen. I said “goodbye human boy, hello ball of light” and I felt bad that maybe they thought I was upset so I wrote them a song about how being a sonic light is awesome.
You are very active in the DIY scene both as Lady Neptune and as member of other bands. Does Lady Neptune question the current mainstream and digital culture? I like the humour in your videos …
YES! Mainstream culture both baffles me and fascinates me simultaneously. Humour is definitely a big part of my work because of that. I like to use girls in my videos because there’s a really old stigma about girls not being funny. The person who makes me laugh the most ever is Eve who danced in the video for words. She was just dancing in the hallway like that on her own for about 10 minutes before I started filming her.
You are also visual art artist, could you tell me a bit about your practice and how it is related to Lady Neptune?
I discovered film making while studying fashion styling at uni which has become my favoured media right now. Unfortunately i didn’t discover fashion styling, although I think that has had an impact on my aesthetic in general. I use music to investigate art and vice versa, and this has meant Lady Neptune is increasingly becoming an art project, I mean I’m not really sure yet but the lines are certainly being blurred.
Could you tell me about your future plans?
Right now I’m doing exactly that. Making plans for the future. I’ve been working with Joey Fourr on his album and we’ll be touring throughout spring and summer, as well as other projects releasing albums and EP’s (As Ondas, Dog Legs, Black Jesus Kids). So during that time I’m taking the opportunity to think about where I’m heading with Lady Neptune. Whether it’s with art practise or re-visiting her as a music project. Having said that I have a group exhibition with The School of the Damned at the Horse Hospital in London opening on the 7th of February.