Exclusive Interview with Musician LEIGH DE VRIES!
Carpazine: Thanks for doing the interview Leigh. Give the readers some background information about yourself?
Leigh de Vries: I am the living dead. I sleep all day, I roam the streets at night. I only wear black and wear dark glasses to hide my tired eyes.
When and how did you first become interested in music?
When I was 16 I was the lead singer of an all-girl death metal band called Misery. My sister was the lead guitarist and we made some crazy avant-garde heavy music. I fell in love with the expression and the freedom and have been obsessed with weird noises ever since.
Carpazine: Who are your musical inspirations?
Leigh de Vries:Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, Front 242, NIN, John Cage, John Hassle, The Cramps, Sheep On Drugs…
Carpazine: What's the most fun part of being a musician?
Leigh de Vries: The time you spend in the studio getting lost creating the sounds and song writing. The creative process has always been more inspiring to me than the finished product.
Carpazine: What is the hardest part?
Leigh de Vries: Deciding that something is finished. To put it out into the world. I am sitting on songs I wrote in 2014 and am still thinking about their place in the world.
Carpazine: Best place you have ever played?
Leigh de Vries: Torture Gardens, London UK
Carpazine: Can you tell us about the "Exposure: The Broken Reality Tunnel" project?
Leigh de Vries: Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has dominated my life for more than 25 years and as part of my efforts to recover, I created a short film about the very distorted perception I have of myself.
I then turned the film into an immersive installation, funded by the Arts Council England, which was exhibited in a solo show in the UK last year.
• The youth engagement campaign involved seven separate groups of 110 young people with over 80 hours of engagement.
• Publications include Dazed & Confused Online, Vice Online, The Daily Mail Online, The Metro Online, The Sun Online, Foxnews.com, Redbookmag.com, BBC Radio Sheffield and the official website mybrokenreality.com
• Reached Audience (broadcast, online, in writing) is currently up to +/- 11,092,741
• Keynote speaker at “How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD), Case study and Keynote speaker at “The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing” for Museum Development Trust, York.
• “Exposure” the short film by Leigh de Vries was featured at the 1st BDD Foundation conference in London.
Carpazine: What is the first record you bought?
Leigh de Vries: Styx - Mr. Roboto
Carpazine: What inspired you (in general)?
Leigh de Vries: Art represents a parallel form of psychoanalysis, offering me a privileged and unique access to my unconscious, as well as a form of psychological release, a mental mending.
Creating a work which can be read at several different levels, according to several different factors, and which doesn’t communicate a final unique message, but on the contrary, suggests a wide range of possibilities, an endless interpretation within an endlessly moving geometry of creativity.
Carpazine: What are you currently working on?
Leigh de Vries: I have just relocated to Los Angeles. I am currently working with UCLA on the next exhibition of my installation in February 2017. Along with a series of other exhibitions later in 2017, I will be involved in innovative community engagement strategies and education opportunities, and a diverse series of programs and events. I am on a crusade as I aspire to raise awareness and educate around the subject of BDD and to destigmatise mental illness.
To be an advocate of recovery through my own story of how I confronted my condition to harness creative repair and recovery.
I am also in the studio writing new music and experimenting with sounds.
Carpazine: Is there a town or place in the world you consider inspiring?
Leigh de Vries: Los Angeles is hot right now. There is a great energy in the city and I have found a number of really talented artists to collaborate with.
Carpazine: Can you give the readers your Website and Facebook addresses so they can check you out...
Carpazine: Anything you’d like to add?
Leigh de Vries: Fernando Carpaneda is one of the most talented artists I have ever met and had the joy to work with and I can’t wait to see what he will be making in 2017 - I am waiting for the limousine!!!
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