Venus De Vilo
Species 2015 was de-frighted to present Venus De Vilo another bizarre addition to our already mesmerizing array of freaks ever gathered together in this remote Irish stronghold since the Tuatha Dé Danann dwelt here with their mystical mayhem. Venus De Vilo was here on hand to gore-i-fy even the most seasoned nightshaded species.
An Interview with Venus De Vilo
- Tell us a little about yourselves as a performance artists living in Dublin:
The Voice of Horror and Queen of the Pumpkin Patch Venus de Vilo enjoys most tremendously terrifying twee and unsuspecting Irish audiences every night ^-^ There are many opportunites to be had in Dublin as a creative if you go out there into the night and drag them to you kicking and screaming…
- How long have you been performing? How did you get into it? And what drives you to do it?
Forever Venus was, forever Venus will be.
- Is there a story behind the name ‘Venus de Vilo’?
There IS… But I’m not drunk enough to impart that VenusLore just yet… 😉
- Is there a particular thematic part of Gothic culture that captures your imagination for musical project?
ALL OF IT! And horror movies. LOTS of horror movies.
- ‘Songs from the stalkers point of view’ is the title of your album? Tell us a little about the narrative of your album and songs:
NOPE! That’s just the name of my old Facebook page because it summed up what all my songs are bout ^-^ I have 5 albums: Edgar Allan Ho, Till Death Do Us Party, Handle With Scare, Creepy Like Sunday Mourning (a bad tween goth poetry album with matching comic book, very Tim Burton wannabe! 😉 ) and Slashing Through the Snow is my brand new Frightmas album!
- If you could bring any other elements to your performance through collaboration across the arts, what would these be?
Backing dancers, mimes, painters painting the songs live, acrobats, burlesque dancers re-enacting my songs, fire eaters, daredevil stunts… Everything really, I’m a low-budget act with big budget dreams…! 😉
- Which artists have been influential to the development of your musical style and what aspects of these inspire you most?
Satan and all the demons from the many levels of Hell ^-^
- You had a confident stage presence at Species, have you ever struggled with this in the past? If so what helped you move past this?
Believe it or not I was terrified at Species! I struggle tremendously with performing, I have fierce stage fright and a lot of self-doubt, but, I love what I do on stage and want to do it forever and ever and ever, so, in situations like that you kinda have to be a total masochist and just play through the fear. Practise, years of practise and just barrelling through is the only way to kinda be able to acknowledge what you’re instinctively feeling stage-fright wise, but know within yourself that you DO know the songs and you WON’T fuck up, hopefully, and just get out there and do it!
- What advice would you give to new performers who would like to pursue a career in music and performance art?
Know what you want, go for it, don’t be afraid to try everything and the two most important and horrible words: Practice and Patience. Just keep doing it and don’t beat yourself up if you’re not getting immediate results, if you work hard and long enough it’ll all make sense one day!
- You also are a talented visual artist (“Thank you!!!”) and write horror comic books, Tell us a little about these:
In 2014 I was making a music video for my song Crazy For You (about a cannibalistic stalker who decides to try her hand a little murder and necrophilia) and just thought… Wouldn’t it be awesome to make a real little… franchise out of this, I’d love there to be a comic book to go with this, because I love the story in the Crazy For You song and wanted to elaborate on it. I didn’t know anyone who could make comic book for me so I thought Fuck it, do it myself! I just picked up a pencil and some crayons (from my much younger sibling’s little school backpack…!) and over 15 comic books and creations 1 year later have never looked back.
- Tell us a little about your Pokémon series:
I’ve had an unhealthy Pokemon obsession since it first came out, I was the prime marketing target age for the show when it launched and it never really left me… It’s a surprisingly creepy and horrible show/games/backstories, and I like to bring out that insidious horror in my Pokemon fanart.
- Is the art or music autobiographical to you in some way?
They are ALL little Horcruxes. (For non-Harry Potter fans look that up! 😉 )
- What part of Gothic culture intrigues you most?
- What is your view of Gothic culture in Ireland today?
Very small scene, it’s out there but I don’t think the maximum resources and event/social opportunities are being tapped to their fullest. People make an effort and that’s good, but it’s not as big an effort as it could be. That could just be because Ireland is so small, I don’t know.
- What parts of Species did you enjoy most?
A big bunch of weirdos up a mountain.
- Would you like to be involved next year?
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