100 PICTURES | 100 STORIES // Laura Ellis

Chrissie Hall

I work at the Music Network, which is an online publication. It’s geared towards music news and charts for the industry. It’s for industry rather than consumers.

It’s pretty awesome because I get to go to heaps of gigs and shows.

How did you get into the music industry?
I did a Music Business Diploma and then interned for the manager of Sticky Fingers Manager. It’s so hard to find places for bands and I would love to work with the council to provide spaces for young people to rehearse.

How did you get involved in “Portraits & Conversations?”
I’ve known Chrissie for years, we’ve been good friends and have worked on some projects together as well. I recently did the soundscape for her art show under my artist name – Monica Biomechanical.  I make Biomechanical soundscapes and montages where I cut and paste found sounds.

Normally it’s designed to be set to something or to a visual concept. I use Ableton, which is a music software program. I love the digital way that you have to work with machines to make music, electronically, but that they could take over the world.

Do you play any instruments?
I am a song-writer – I play guitar and sing, but I hate performing. I had a band and we only played about three shows. I’m not a natural performer but I love recording at home. Putting it into that context, it almost feels like a different aspect that I’m not comfortable with…. yet. The fun for me is definitely in the studio.

Tell me some things that you love.
I love writing and my boyfriend Oli. Video games – I’m playing The Last of Us – it’s my escape. I immerse myself in it completely.

What would be your ideal expression of your music?

I’d love to do music for video games – that would be my ‘real job’ if I could do anything.

I love the art side of video games, because it is focused on the creation itself, not the creator – so your gaze is to the art, not the person. Particularly in music it’s focused on the person – male, female, how old, what do they look like etc. Your creation is a huge part of you thought I suppose, but I’d like to see the creation / artwork be the focus and not the person.

What does Create or Die mean to you?

Create or Die – I feel very driven to express myself. That’s a frustration with not liking performing, because I love sharing my creations. It would be the ultimate – not tying it to a creator. The ego, myself, a name attached to the creation. So in a sense the ego dying.

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Portraits & Conversations – a body of work for upcoming group exhibition “Show me Someone who Says it’s Easy”
Opens Friday 31st October @ Create or Die Gallery

~ Photo by Chrissie Hall / Interview by Deb Morgan ~

 

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