meet australian post-internet dreamer kt spit

i-D chats with one of the most honest and unique musicians around.

by i-D Team, i-D Staff, and Isabelle Hellyer
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08 May 2015, 1:04pm

Photography Elliot Lauren

Is KT Spit a singer? Sort of. She prefers to go by "crustpop singer/emoticore producer/grossangel." When you hear her music, these monikers begin to make sense. KT's brand of pop originates from her bedroom and doesn't have a commercial high-gloss finish. It sounds like it's been sticky-taped together. The did-it-herself nature of KT's work is why you notice it, and why you can't forget it. Released last month, her debut album Comblution has been made available through an ultra-limited run of Crystal USB necklaces - a move inspired by artist Kati Elizabeth. In our conversation, KT is exceedingly kind and forthright, speaking with the same refreshing honesty that comes through in her songs. It's exactly why they're wonderful - you get the clear sense they're crafted directly from the fabric of her life. When you're angry, KT's shouts feels as loud as yours. When you've got a crush, she's pining just as hard. Chatting to the Melbourne artist, we touched on everything from her creative process to the Kardashians.

So, your debut LP Combluotion came out recently, congrats! How long has this record been in the works?
I think I wrote the first of the songs in my head a couple of years ago. Since then my life has really changed drastically, or I've changed it. I had to learn how to make songs, which took ages. I don't have a good work ethic or love hard work at all, so everything that's difficult takes me a very long time.

I love that the new tracks veer more toward EDM. How'd that come about?
Yeah me too! I'm not really loyal to style or form at all. I often don't even know I'm doing what I'm doing until someone tells me - I can be really oblivious. I'm not sure what I'm really loyal to artistically. Maybe just sincerity. When I wrote the album I wasn't really going to gigs at all, I was going to queer parties or clubs and dancing, or staying home and listening to pop songs on repeat.

So was making Comblution cathartic or difficult? How does the creative process feel for you?
To be honest, it's kind of hell. I hope that will change. Like really addictive sugary sweet hell. I don't know why! Some people I know have these really healthy creative processes with protein and tea breaks and lots of sleep. Sometimes I avoid it so it drags out for ages and ages while I just watch Keeping up with Kardashians instead. I think I have some weird issues with like, how you have to let go of your dream when you finish something. Maybe you actually aren't a good singer or a good musician, so your dream of your song is amazing. But when you make it the dream song is over.

The music video for Come Thru gave me some Harmony Korine vibes. Is he an artist who's influenced you? Which other creatives influence you?
No, I wouldn't say I'm directly influenced by him. Samuel Shanahoy who directed the music video for my first single Dreamworld Waiting is obsessed with him, and I am definitely influenced by Samuel, so who knows - maybe I am! For the Come Thru video [collaborators] Regrette Etcetera & Hanako Ufo both had incredible visions, characters and ideas from their own artistic practices. 

I first came across your work on Tumblr. How does the Internet affect you and your work?
I feel like because I'm kind of an introverted exhibitionist, the internet works a bit too well for me. Like, being alone and sharing everything all at once, from a safe distance. I'm very inspired by girls blogging and how they can be very real but very performative and self conscious at the same time. Knowing I could just be at home in my bedroom and release things without having to intensely participate or figure out where I could fit into an already established music scene was really good for me. I got a lot of validation and support from Tumblr before I had played many shows. I don't think about getting records pressed or getting on the radio - even though I would love for those things to happen. I imagine girls in their bedrooms, girls who often can't leave their bedrooms, and how they could most easily access and consume my music.

You have a very distinct aesthetic, do you think about fashion a lot?
Thank you! I wish it was more so! I actually feel like I copy everyone and everything constantly in very obvious ways, except when I'm very depressed, then I just pick one shirt that represents the theme of it all and that's it for months. I mean, for people who are forced to be very aware of themselves as visible, as surfaces or objects, fashion can be such a magical way of manuvering and taking some agency in that. I've always been obsessed with what to wear and what it means. I think about it all the time and I love it and I love people who think about it all the time like: this is how the world will meet me. Beautiful.

Who are some of your fave Melbourne music-makers?
Waterfall Person, Wet Kiss; I really like Mollusc and Simona Kapitolina, [Simona] taught me heaps about production and coping. Also Natalie Trayling. There are really cool collectives in Melbourne right now like Alterity collective, Listen & GWSP, who are all working in different ways to counter the marginalization of artists of color, queer, trans & girl artists within underground music scenes. I feel really lucky to be around that and benefiting from that.

Colombution will be available on May 8th here!

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Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Lexi LaphorElliot Lauren

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