Khaela Maricich of The Blow

by Verena Spilker I don’t remember when I first listened to The Blow’s album Paper Television. What I do remember is playing one of its songs while DJing in Leipzig and seeing the girl I had a crush on singing along. Which meant we had something to talk about...

Jamie Stewart/Xiu Xiu

by Verena Spilker Jamie Stewart has been making music for over 14 years. Eight years ago he started his band Xiu Xiu. Following the change in line-up, the band has put out an album that is more pop than any of the previous ones, but their sensitivity and haggardness...

JD Samson (MEN)

by Verena Spilker MEN, a DJ project originally founded by JD Samson and Johanna Fatemen of Le Tigre turned into a band that could hardly be ignored during the last year on queer dancefloors as well as on internet blogs. Even though they haven‘t even put out a full...

Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras)

by Verena Spilker The Hidden Cameras, originally from Canada, emerged from the Toronto queercore scene and play sweet pop songs with lyrics that range from political statements such as Ban Marriage on their first album The Smell of Our Own to love songs, using many...

Terre Thaemlitz

Gendernetworks & Music These Interviews were conducted by Steffen & Verena in 2003/2004 as part of a research for a paper at the University of Göttingen, Germany on gender networks and music. Queer as in challenging heteronormativity Terre Thaemlitz yes,...