Classically trained pianist turned cabaret anarchist Laurie Black recently released third album Kink! – a collection of songs about BDSM and books.
Laurie was crowned Emerging Artist at this year’s Adelaide Fringe 2018, and she is bringing her synth-rock cabaret show Bad Luck t0 the Edinburgh Fringe.
AAA caught up with Laurie for a quick chat ahead of her visit.
50pm, Aug 20-26, www.edfringe.com
I’ve recently discovered two greats, introduced to me by fellow musician and good friend David Ryder Prangley (yes, that pigtailed weirdo from Rachel Stamp!). Hedwig and the Angry Inch – which is totally amazing to me as a cabaret performer who’s into rock’n’roll, makeup and drag! The film is packed with amazing outfits, wigs and original music, and the “making of” documentary is worth a watch too. The other film, another glam rock goodie, is Velvet Goldmine, a sort of bizarre twist on David Bowie’s life story. As an Oscar Wilde fanatic, the film starts with young Oscar Wilde proclaiming he wants to “be a pop idol”. What more could you need?
If there’s one song I love more than any other song on the planet, it’s Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe. Whenever I hear that first moaning screaming guitar on the track, I genuinely lose it – no matter what club/bar/pub/restaurant/church service I’m at. There’s something so raw and exciting about it, it really gets my heart racing (pun probably intended). If you ever need to wake me from a deep sleep, skip the handsome prince bit and play me some Mötley Crüe instead 😉
Absolution by Muse, the first rock album I ever listened to as an awe-induced 10-year-old kid. I learnt piano from the age of six, and always wanted to quit – it’s difficult for a kid to relate to something if all they’re playing is classical music written centuries ago! When I discovered Muse, that was when I became a musician, passionate about my instrument. I would sit at the piano for hours working out all of my favourite songs by ear. Cheers, Matt Bellamy!
I recently saw Nine Inch Nails at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was so good I went away and had an existential crisis afterwards. As one of my all time favourite bands, I had huge expectations and they delivered. Amazing sound, incredible lighting design, plus just being in the same room as Trent Reznor was a special moment.
Speaking of Oscar Wilde, it’s gotta be The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde’s writing really speaks to me: you can just drink it in. The whole debate on artists putting their soul into their work, or just wanting to create something beautiful but ultimately meaningless is pretty provocative.