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Join us for our first SIRENS Studio concert with RUBIE, SUKIE and Hockeysmith. A night to remember!
Rubie is a songstress and multi-instrumentalist from south London, whose work navigates a trans politics of slipperiness and inbetweenness. Centering their voice, they sing about amplification, introspection and sisterhood - sailing on a soup, learning to captain. Their debut album Take Both was released in March 2020.
Sukie, 22, uses her experience working minimum-wage summer jobs to write soft pop about the boredom and niceness of everyday life. Her tracks are summery and playful, the lyrics both funny and sad. She is the power-house behind every visual and creative aspect surrounding her work. With help from friends, she acts as her own director for music videos, creates her own art, and plays with augmented reality by making her own face filters. Her dreamy and colourful tracks, enhanced by their captivating visuals, provide perfect anthems for a much needed high-spirited year.
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Hockeysmith is the solo project of Annie Hockeysmith, a Falmouth based musician who creates dark disorientating dance music, with a touch of bubblegum pop.
Co-founder of the stunning experimental electronic Cornish label ‘eel’, Hockeysmiths dj sets are inspired by her love of rave culture, drum&bass and jungle. Expect high energy, euphoric atmospheres and uncover the underground club gems from the cities she’s lived in: Paris and Copenhagen.
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Delia Detritus: Modular Synth Workshop
Delia Detritus is a multidisciplinary artist who works across a variety of disciplines including woodcarving, sound installation, improvisational music and spoken word.
Her musical output focuses on referencing neurodivergence, focusing on its effects on memory and diction using a variety of electronic instruments.
Delia's workshop will give a brief rundown of her live rig, giving hands on access to her modular gear and a guided session of drone making and performance. She will explain how and why she makes certain choices before a performance as well as what informs her decisions on stage.
She will explain the very basic process of making a homemade string instrument used extensively in her work that can be bowed, plucked or excited by means of a dc motor. The workshop will leave you with a fairly informed foundation from which to build your own noise music performance, she will demonstrate the relatively simple building blocks from which she builds a set and the more complex electronic trickery she uses to add excitement.
She will demonstrate the methods and complex routing which she uses to get a variety of sounds and spaces from a relatively small system that both allow her to achieve a coherent set while leaving room for improvisation.
She will demonstrate creative uses of feedback, distortion and sound degradation as well as how she uses equipment of varying sound fidelity to allow the tone and timbre of her set to evolve as she touches on different subjects with her words.
THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOUNG WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF DIVERSE GENDERS AGED 18-25. Please only book a place if this applies to you. This is the first workshop of the SIRENS studio programme! We encourage people of all abilities to register for the workshop even if you have no prior experience in music or electronics.
Here is a few Q&A's with some of the incredible musicians that have collaborated with us at Sirens Studio. Please see our interviews with Rubie, Sukie & Hockeysmith
In Conversation with Rubie
Q: How did your musical journey begin?
I was a musician in denial for a long time; although I'd been writing songs since I was a teenager, I wasn't showing them to anyone or performing at all. I was studying and making visual art, mainly sculpture and performance stuff, and got into playing shows because I really enjoyed gig venues as a place to perform and make work, much more than gallery spaces... playing gigs is all about controlling a room and taking it on a journey, and it felt like I could really challenge the audience with what I was doing. When I used to perform in art gallery type spaces it was way more sterile, it felt like whatever you did the audience would just stroke their chins and nod. So gradually the music has taken over and become my whole deal.
Q: Tell us your background!
I grew up in London, and have lived there my whole life. I freely admit that I'm the classic Londoner who has never quite been able to bring themselves to leave... though that could change someday. I studied sculpture at Central St. Martins.
Q: Where do you find inspiration ?
I've really enjoyed starting to be inspired by live music again these past few months. A big advantage of living in london is that there are amazing gigs every night of the week, and ill often spend a free evening going down to see a band I've never heard of in a tiny pub or basement.
I am also always inspired by the other musical projects I'm involved in; Jenny Moore's Mystic Business and F*Choir. Both projects really center the cathartic joy of collective singing, which has become increasingly important in my own work too in recent years.
Q: Musical influences?
I always go back to songwriters I was introduced to by my parents... Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, John Martyn. Although I really enjoy using more varied and experimental sonic textures in my work, I almost always finish a song on the piano or guitar first. No matter how much weird stuff I add to a track, I try to make sure it's still anchored around a really solid song that stands up without it.
Q: What do you try to achieve with your work?
That's a good question. I think at the moment I've been deprogramming this attitude that comes from art school that what I make always needs to be abrasive, confrontational, challenging, high concept... as much as those ideas can be useful, i've lately really been enjoying leaning into lush, beautiful textures, and straying into more sincere and corny lyrical ideas.
Introspection is also a huge part of why I make work. Songwriting allows me to find ways into big ideas and questions that matter to me; from gender identity stuff, to queer politics, to sisterhood and solidarity.
Q: What’s been a highlight in your musical career ?
Going to Bergen with F*Choir was a really unbelievable whirlwind of an experience; singing at Borealis Festival and getting to teach a couple of my songs was a total dream come true, and I can't wait to go back to travelling internationally for projects... covid has made me an uncharacteristic homebody!
Q: Any advice for people starting out in music?
If you've never played a show, book a show. And try something new at every gig you play. Sure, some ideas will turn out not to work, but nothing teaches you more than a chaotic gig. And you'll discover that audiences love when you mess up anyway! www.rubierooo.com @rubierooo
In Conversation with HOCKEYSMITH
Q: Tell us! Where have you lived and studied?
I moved to Falmouth in 2014 with my sister to do music as it’s a beautiful place to be inspired and creative. I have spent a couple of years in Copenhagen and Paris since as it’s important to find new
places of inspiration. But Falmouth is always my base. I live on a farm on the outskirts of Falmouth. I am a proud owner of an American Winnebago bus. I am a singer songwriter, music lover and I co-run an electronic music label called eel. I’ve been dj-ing for a couple of years now. I really enjoy it, hunting for new tracks which in turn inspires the music I write.
Q: Where did your musical career start?
I’ve always sung from a young age. My melodies are often quite R&B because I grew up listening to Pink and Christian Aguilera. I started writing songs with my sister as a teenager and I decided to pursue it properly in 2009 after finishing my A Levels and playing a set at Glastonbury music festival.
Q: Which music artists inspire you?
They have changed a lot over the years. Listening to lots and lots of Cocteau Twins helped me to discover my voice and my ability to write melodies. I have always loved pop music, early Kylie and Madonna - RAY of Light is my favourite Madonna album. I love the techno production by William Orbit on that record and now that I am older and more spiritual Madonna’s lyrics on that record really resonate with me. Lyrics are very important to me as much as the melodies.
I got into electronic music through Aphex Twin and right now I’m listening to the likes of Sassy 009, PC music, Babii and Iglooghost, Abra and Tirzah.
Q: What inspires you?
Reading books and life experience for my lyrics
Collaborating with my band mates Alice and Peasy. Going to concerts - recently I went to a PC music night. Seeing the likes of A G Cook, Namasenda and Felicita made me think about my own live performance and writing boundary pushing pop music. The different places I’ve lived - I found myself in the French countryside during lockdown and I wrote a number of songs just piano and voice. I’m very grateful for the Cornish support – it’s what keeps me going. People love something that’s a bit different in Cornwall. It’s a great place to make experimental music – it’s in the DNA of Cornwall.
It’s a beautiful place which has the roots of rave culture as well as an odd quirkiness. You definitely can’t belittle it – Cornwall stands next to places like London and Copenhagen for original artistic ideas.
Q: What do you aspire to with your music?
Someone recently said to me at a live show that they were constantly surprised during the performance It doesn’t stick to one genre. People don’t know what to expect next and I like that. I make melodic and melancholic pop music. It is often ethereal but with layers of grungy guitars. It’s a bit retro with inspiration from 80s synth pop and 90s rave.
Q: Career highlight?
The BARN - May 2018. A free party we put on at the barn on the farm where I live. The weather was amazing, we had fire pits. Aphex Twin played !! I was so proud to see so many people come and enjoy it. It was the birth of ‘eel’ and we’ve had so many amazing ‘eel’ nights in Falmouth since. Alice and I arrived in the bucket of the farmers tractor and ran on stage to perform our set. It felt like my super sweet 16
Q: Any words of wisdom for other musicians?
It’s a big journey! There is so much to learn. Find your tutors and teachers and ask questions/make mistakes. The up’s and downs of life all feed into the music and inspiration. The music industry is very fickle and getting financial backing is very hard. If you wan’t credibility and longevity it’s best to do your own thing, start your own scene. Don’t get caught up in the industry side of things
Keep doing it as long as you enjoy it. That’s the most important thing!
In Conversation with Sukie
Q: Where are you from? Where have you been!
I’m from Manchester originally, so grew up up-north, but ended up moving to the most southern place (Falmouth) for uni. I lived there for three years but craved being in a city again, so me and my partner are currently living in Bath. We moved there kind of by accident and pure coincidence, we’d never been there before we moved, but are loving it so far.
Q: How did your music journey begin?
My dad played guitar and piano every evening when he got home from work when I was a kid. He loves music and had me listening to The Fall and The Smiths from being a baby haha. My mum was a dancer before she had kids, too, so they really encouraged me in doing creative stuff. I always loved singing but when I was in high school I had this guitar teacher who ended up not really teaching me any guitar, but made me write songs for every session, which is what got me into writing my own stuff.
Q: Which musicians inspire you the most?
Ah so many! All the music I grew up with (basically any band you can think of that came from Manchester haha) influenced me when I was younger (The Smiths, Joy Division etc). Now I just love female pop artists of all kinds. I find women so inspiring. I’d say my biggest influences for the songs I write now are Solange, Biig Piig and Britney Spears.
Q: Where do you find inspiration ?
I don’t know really. I tend to write about really boring, everyday stuff, because that’s what I do. I go to work, I get anxious, I make breakfast, I brush my teeth, I go to the pub, I see friends, all the stuff everybody does. I just write about whatever my silly little brain is thinking about haha
Q: Any advice for younger people starting out in music?
I don’t really think I’m qualified to give advice haha. I’d just say to do fun stuff with friends, like make music videos with them. My favourite part of doing music is the collaborations I get to do with talented friends.
Q: What do you try to achieve with your work?
That’s a hard one! I guess I try to just make myself happy, I love being creative and writing and making arty stuff. I want to try and make the everyday seem nice, too. I don’t think people have to have a super deep meaning behind every song for the music to mean something. Quite often my lyrics have little bits in them that only me or some friends would understand the reference to. Sometimes I write about things that are quite emotional to me, and sometimes I write about what I had for tea. Both are nice, I think.
Q: Favourite memory of your career so far?
I recently did a gig in Bristol and I was really really nervous. I couldn’t stop thinking about a gig I had done in Bristol years ago with a different band where no one turned up, we literally had to play just to the other band performing. When I arrived I saw that that venue I had played at years ago was just across the road. The gig I did that night was packed out, and I had strangers singing my lyrics back to me. It was so surreal and just put everything into perspective, it made me realise how much had changed and how far I’d come.