If you love grunge and want to listen to music that screams horror movie soundtrack, Witch of the East are an essential. With the upcoming debut album ‘Queen of Insecurity‘ ready to drop on 5th July 2019, we caught up with front woman Aeris Houlihan for a chat about her new project:
Firstly, for those reading who don’t already know, you were in a band called Chambers, and Witch of the East is your new solo project. How did it come about?
“My previous band (Chambers) came to an end. Mainly because we were pushing in different directions artistically. We have a lot of good memories together that I’ll always cherish. Ultimately, I decided to leave because the time felt right. One night driving back on my own from Manchester to Wakefield after a not so great practice. I looked over to the other side of the motorway to see a paramedic trying to save the life of a man that had just been in a bad car accident. I don’t want to get graphic but I saw something I try to forget regularly. It was like a bullet to the brain. Why continue to do something you’re not enjoying? Life is too short!“
Tell us about the album title ‘Queen of Insecurity’, is this title a reflection on yourself or a new persona to accompany the new project?
“There are a few reasons why I decided on that title. One of the main reasons was because I became the ‘Queen’ of my own insecurity’s a few years back. It felt right! I think a lot of people can relate to overcoming their insecurities.”
If your music (past/present/future) was to be the soundtrack for any film, what film would it be? And why?
“Funny you say that! I’m also a photographer/videographer. When I write music, I feel like I’m also screenwriting. I think in a very visual way. With characters and visual settings for the music and lyrics. I’ve had my music played on a Netflix show and sports channels in the past. Which was interesting as it places your music in a new context. However, a thriller like ‘The Shining’ would be nice. My style of writing came about through thriller films.“
What has your experience as a trans person in the music industry been like?
“Not easy at times! I’ve had to get the police involved from a hate crime in the past. I’ve also had a lot of great experiences and met some really cool people along the way.“
What advice would you give to young LGBT+ musicians?
“Enjoy what you’re doing! Some days will be challenging and others not so much. Embrace what makes you unique and share it with the world.“
Who (or what) are your biggest musical influences?
“The Beatles and Nirvana hooks have never left my side. Like a little familiar! In terms of aesthetic and vibe. Siobhan Fahey (Shakespears Sister). Especially, in the video ‘Stay’.“
From ‘Queen of Insecurity’, what is your personal favourite song or lyric and why?
“When You Fuck Me! It’s brutally honest, scary and morish. Just like the title!“
Finally, what can we expect from Witch of the East after the album release, what have you got in store for the rest of 2019?
“We have another 4 music videos being released throughout the year. Also, a new single for Halloween. The single launch is going to be held at a haunted museum. Lots of festivals and tour dates! 2020 plans are already underway!“
Queen of Insecurity will be released 5th July 2019 through I’m Not From London Records.
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