Brisbane promoter, Dead of Winter festival organiser, record label owner/operator and vocalist for horror-punk-swamp band Midnight Creepers, Celene Skullz knows how to make things happen! She’s been putting on shows since she was a teen and believes that rather than complain about how lame something is, one should take steps to create something new, something better, something awesome; be part of the solution not the problem. Celene is about to launch a new venture, an alternative nightclub in Brisbane.
How did you first come to music?
CELENE SKULLZ: My big sister introduced me to music at a very young age. She was a teenager when I was born, so I grew up with all the music she liked. She made me mixed tapes with stuff like RHCP, The Cure, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Bon Jovi and Madonna on them. I can remember her teaching me all the songs and dances to the Rocky Horror Picture show when I was four.
I noticed on your Twitter feed you tweeted to Courtney Love saying: “You are an inspiration to so many.” How has she inspired you personally?
CS: It’s her tenacity, which inspires me the most. Here was a woman, who was completely demonized by the media, for behaviour that her male counterparts were being celebrated for. She had to deal with the loss of her husband, while being a new mother and hated by half the world, but she never gave up, and she never conformed. She did things her own way, and told anyone who didn’t like it to fuck off.
Who else inspires you?
CS: Sharon Osborne, Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival), Joe Strummer and Fat Mike. All of these people have helped to enhance people’s lives with music on a mass scale, and for the most part, they didn’t compromise their morals.
You’re a busy lady running Dead Records, organising the annual Dead of Winter Festival plus other gigs and fronting Brisbane band, Midnight Creepers; what motivates you to do all that you do?
CS: The Brisbane music community has given me so much over the years, and I feel like I need to give something back. I am passionate about music, I love all things horror, and I enjoy creating challenges for myself.
Do you think official qualifications are important for someone entering your industry?
CS: I think the most important thing is passion for what you are doing, and the ability to keep a cool head when under pressure. Qualifications are very helpful, especially if you want to approach it in a more professional way. But the industry is not an easy one, and if you don’t love what you’re doing, and/or are one of those people who get stressed out easily, you won’t get far.
I know you’re in the process of starting up a new alternative club night. Tell us about it. Why did you decided to put on a club night? There’s been many similar club nights come and go in Brisbane over the years. What are some approaches you’re taking to enable its success?
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