This week at Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier, Chicks on Speed will take to the stage. Ahead of their performance, we asked them a few questions about art, fashion and music. Online sales have now closed. Limited tickets available on the door.
Describe your sound in 5 words or less?
Melissa: Highly content saturated electro pop
Alex: Artstravaganza music
If your music was an artwork what would it look like?
Melissa: It is
Alex: Piles of data visualised into one giant data knot
Who’s your favorite artist/artwork?
Melissa: Girl Gangs
Alex: Richard Prince – latest “selfie works” at Gagosian in NY and Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece
What’s your favorite gig you have played to date?
Melissa: Lopud Island, on the beach in the black light glow mixed with dusk, poetry, sand holes and cigar box synth solos
Alex: MONA FOMA 2013
What inspires/influences your music the most?
Melissa: Urban International Digital Civilization
Alex: Challenging and amazing personal experiences
What song do you wish you wrote?
Melissa: All songs that are so plain, but so complex simultaneously.
Alex: “my mind is like a plastic bag” by Minty (original by xray spex)
What part of making music excites you the most?
Melissa: It is a melting of times, and connects the ages that divide our space time from artists before.
Alex: Making new sounds, sequencing them on my korg then writing new lyrics
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Melissa: Fluro, sweat, chicks, beats.
Tell us about the last song you wrote?
Melissa: With Anant Ben-David, in a hotel room on the far end of the island of Majorka where the town ends, picking fresh almonds and figs from trees.
Alex: We are data, it’s about what we buy, what we sell, what we like, what we collect, what we find, what we share and who we are online in the big data cloud
What is the most unique/memorable item of clothing you own?
Melissa: A blue poncho from the bins, a thrift heaven in Portland Oregon.
Alex: A bag karl Lagerfeld gave me at the photo-shooting for our cover of “Fashion Rules”, the bag looks destroyed by now
What was your worst fashion crime?
Melissa: Never, it’s the rule to break the rules
Alex: Non-bleeched hair
What would your dream stage outfit be and who would design it?
Melissa Rem Koolhaas stage, like that great music auditorium in Porto, and building dresses that Jeremy Scott made a few years ago like the paintings of Madalon Vriesendorp, a great artist
Alex: An outfit made by Jean Paul Gaultier out of Chicks on Speed fabric