Interview: Xerstorkitte

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XERSTORKITTE

We are so excited to have Xerstorkitte DJ for us at our upcoming fundraiser show at 107 Projects! Want to get to know them a little better? Keep reading!

How long have you been performing for, and how did you start out?

I’ve been DJ’ing for almost 6 years now. The Cobweb Club, which was a Punk, Goth, Deathrock and Post Punk club used to have people who were either new to DJ’ing or had never done it before DJ for the first hour. I managed to get a slot and as soon as I had finished my first set, a promoter approached me and asked me if I would come and DJ at their night. Since then, I haven’t stopped.

What is the best thing about live performance?

Having fun! I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t find it enjoyable. Seeing people have a really good time dancing is exciting.

What kind of gear do you use? How did you learn to use it?

Whatever DJ decks are available! Most clubs and venues usually have the Pioneer CDJ1000’s + DJM850. I learnt through trial, error and experimentation. After about a year of DJ’ing, I bought a secondhand pair of CDJ1000’s and a Behringer VMX100 so I could practice at home. I’m currently learning how to use Ableton Live after attending “All Girl Electronic” at I.C.E Parramatta (I highly recommend these workshops!)

You have opened for the likes of Gary Numan and Peter Hook & The Light (Joy Division); what was that like? Do you have any stories from these experiences?

I had applied to support Gary Numan - I did not think I would get a support slot but thought I had nothing to lose so why not try! It worked out very well. I had so much fun DJ’ing at both!

Have you ever felt or been underestimated as an artist? If so, how did you overcome it?

I’ve often been underestimated, especially as a young person playing in an industry dominated by older and more established people who assume because of my age that I lack the knowledge and experience of music. I have proved myself to be knowledgeable regardless of my age and experiences.

Tell me about a time where you have felt pure joy?

Hearing my favourite Joy Division tracks played live by Peter Hook & the Light at the Metro Theatre a couple of weeks ago!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you will learn from them and sometimes a mistake can lead to something wonderful.

 

What do you do if you ever find yourself feeling dis-empowered?

Unfortunately I often struggle with feeling like I am not good enough and that I am not as technically skilled as most other DJ’s. To combat this, I try to remind myself of all the times people have danced and enjoyed themselves or discovered new music because I’ve played it. Also the promoters who have complimented me and invited me back.

 

What's the best concert or live show you have attended (and why)?

This is a tough one! It is a toss up between Kraftwerk and Einstürzende Neubauten. Both bands were incredibly influential to me as a young person and taught me that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have money and can’t afford to buy instruments or the technology, that if you have creativity you can experiment and make your own sounds, you don’t have to conform. Seeing them both performing live was absolutely amazing, it was an incredible experience and I was blown away with each and every song.

 

What are three things you like about yourself?

My creativity, ambition and personality.

 

What advice would you give your 13 year old self?

Stop waiting for “the right time” to learn an instrument or try something new. The right time is right now and you will never feel “ready”. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you will learn from them and sometimes a mistake can lead to something wonderful. Say yes, live fearlessly and try not to let your anxiety hold you back from all the things you want to do.

 

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Interview by Madeleine Er

Girls Rock! Sydney