Exhibitionist on backing yourself and your art

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NAME

Kirsty

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I make music and sing as Exhibitionist.

FAVOURITE BAND?

The Drones

FAVOURITE SONG?

Young Hearts, Run Free - Candi Staton

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Kim Gordon. She's tough, creative and has worked hard to maintain a longstanding career. I really respect that. She's prolific and isn't afraid to take risks in her music.

Falls fest last weekend! 📸: @michelle.psd

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DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? 

Exhibitonist pre-show ritual is one of my favourites. Gabby (Keys) and I normally have a vocal warm up and whiskey together and then I do a power stance to psych myself up to get on stage and sing. The whole band has a big cuddle before we go on stage too, so there's a lot of love in the room. Exhibitionist songs have a lot of vulnerable emotional content, so I feel fortunate to have my friends up there to play them with me.

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL GANG? WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?

I grew up in a girl gang. I have two sisters who I adore so there were four women in our house growing up. The women in my family are kind, strong, creative and often challenging. There's a lot of personality so sometimes arguments get heated, but at the end of the day we have a lot of fun together.

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

When I started Exhibitionist, I was told by an industry man that I am too old to be starting a project as a female singer. That I might only have a couple of years before I'd want to 'settle down' so no label or booker will back the project. Managing these kind of comments can be exhausting and damaging, but most of the time I just let it add fuel to my own fire and keep focussed on following my own goals because that guy is clearly an idiot and my age doesn't determine my career trajectory.

 

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

There are so many, but lately I've been so inspired by local super women such as Brianna Kell (dancer/choreographer), artist Nadia Hernandez, Julia Cripwell (costume designer), Katie Winton who runs Women in the Arts, Steph Day (writer/director) and the list goes on and on! They are bright sparks, work hard and each adds their important mark on the Sydney arts landscape. Even better, I've been lucky enough to work with so many of them this year!

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

Always try to back yourself and your art. Success should be personal, not numbers on spreadsheets. I try to take creative risks and keep pushing until what I initially visualise blossoms into something better than what I could have imagined. That way I stay passionate and can always find success from my own creative satisfaction.

Exhibitionist is playing the Electric Lady stage at Mountain Sounds Festival, grab your tickets here. Like them on Facebook, follow on Instagram and listen on Spotify