To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing Emah Fox:
How would you best describe your music?
Dark dramatic synth-pop
How did your band / musical project start?
I’d had a bunch of song ideas kicking around for a few years while I took time out from performing, and slowly they started to form a collective ‘sound’. Then last year I started testing them out gigging with drummer Nat Grant, then we added an extra synth player Ania Reynolds. I *just* registered my own label Kaiju Kitten recently to release the first single ‘You Got No Right’ and am working on finishing mixes to get recordings of all the songs out there for 2018! It’s going to be an exciting year having my babies solidly out in the world finally!
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
Inherently, yes, though maybe it’s not always overt or obvious. I think that even just the act of writing truthfully and fearlessly is a political act. Being empowered, having integrity, sharing resources and knowledge – all of those things are political and vital. And so is just – having fun, embracing your worth and encouraging others to do the same! I love seeing someone be their best, unashamed, most powerful self, I find it super inspiring. I record and mix everything myself, so autonomy and independence are important to me as a creator. Community, care and communication are too, and I very consciously choose to work with women and enby people when it comes to players in my band, or what line-ups I play with. My work has definitely gotten more political the more control I’ve had over my own output and ‘brand’ I guess you’d call it. I’m more confident now in speaking and creating work around gender and sexual politics, but am starting to take baby steps to explore more stuff around ableism and racism.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Releasing singles and clips are obviously exciting milestones but I honestly think the biggest highlight for me has just been working with these incredible women who I love and admire so much – Nat Grant and Ania Reynolds are both mindblowingly talented musicians and beautiful, strong souls too, so any chance I get to play with them, whether it’s rehearsing or gigging, is an absolute joy. Also the sheer amount of talented and inspiring peeps I have met in the last year is overwhelming, that’s truly half the joy of making music – connecting with kindreds.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
I’ve been in a pretty retro listening space for a while, especially as my music right now is really heavily influenced by late 70s / early 80s sounds, so I’d have to say early Kate Bush (The Dreaming era especially), Eurythmics, Bowie (German period), and all the New Wave bands of that era too. But some of my fave current artists are Aphir, KAIA, Various Asses, Infraghosts, Haiku Hands.
Where can people find your music?