I found out about Killbot Kindergarten from JR – he has the best knack for finding and pointing me in the direction of awesome lady musicians (Giant Drag, Colleen Green, CSS, Ouch My Face, Jennifer Charles, OOIOO, Ally Oop, Messer Chups…)! KK are a Melbourne-based electro duo that describe themselves as “A retro-futurist collaboration of neo soul tones draped over unashamedly binary bones” – Enjoy!
What do you wear on stage?
Lately, I’m all about white, and I’m also big into metallics. I used to rock the dressy all-black until I decided that it’s way too conservative. We (Killbot Kindergarten) have a great relationship with Australian label Subfusco, which has been instrumental in shaping our onstage look. Overall, I aim for an ethereal cyborgy look, sometimes with a splash of Harajuku bling.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
Very. I believe that the way you present yourself onstage is part of the performance itself. It is by no means peripheral. Even those who choose to dress casually onstage, or those who don’t think about it at all, are communicating something about their personality and aesthetic through that choice.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Defined cheeks (usually just a bit of bronzer) and liquid eyeliner.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Easily my hair. I have an amazing stylist who has endured countless requests for super-specific colours and cuts. I think my boldest fashion statements are usually on my head.
What are your offstage outfits like?
I wear a lot of colourful kicks, animal prints, bright colours generally – kind of a rebellion from the monochrome onstage look I guess! My favourite wardrobe items are from Japan & Korea – if you’re ever in Melbourne check out Lion In Love. And I’ve finally said goodbye to Havaianas – they are NOT shoes.
Who are your style icons?
Roisin Murphy instantly comes to mind… Then there’s Lady Gaga, who is a lunatic and fabulous for it, and Nicki Minaj’s wig collection, which I would kill a man for. There’s a designer I’ve recently fallen in love with called Louise Goldin, I’d highly recommend checking out her work. Also, the epitome of everything I hate visually is Ke$ha – please don’t check out her work.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I love cooking, which I approach fairly spontaneously, and I like mucking around with my home space, decorating and moving things around to keep the energy uplifted. God, I sound like a f**king Stepford wife.
What makes your musical style different?
Firstly, there are a lot of Japanese undertones, both melodically and lyrically. Production-wise, it’s all aggressive synths and hip hop-style beats juxtaposed against a sweet/smooth vocal. I think there’s a good balance of masculine and feminine in there.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
Not overtly, but the gender division is still clearly there. Sometimes it’s hard to negotiate with venues, labels and such without coming across as a man-eating bitch, in which cases you really have to slap on the sugar. I think female vocalists have somehow attained this stigma of being a little on the non-business savvy side of things, and of course the whole “diva” thing is still around… you just have to work a bit harder to be taken seriously, and DEFINITELY try to avoid mixing business with pleasure.
How do you deal with the haters?
Ha! I wrote a song telling them to fuck off.
Tell me about your latest projects.
Killbot Kindergarten is an electronic duo, with a futuristic soul sound. It started as a recording/production project, which we have now translated for the stage – we both sing, and we perform the majority of the synths live, with a backing track for beats. We’re working on a new format with live drums and possibly some guest backing vocals, which will materialise soon. We moved from Brisbane to Melbourne 3 months ago and have been gigging quite a bit down here, working towards a European move in 2013.
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