i-N conversation with cara stricker and madeline o'moore of drool
Meet the inspiring women behind the multi-faceted music and art project.
Cara Stricker: Hi Madeline, so its kinda hot in LA, right?
Madeline O'Moor: It's been really hot in the studio.
Cara: I guess we should start by explaining Drool.
Madeline: Yes I think that's a good place to begin. Cara, how was Drool conceived?
Cara: It was an organic process between John Kirby and myself. We were fascinated in breaking down the barriers between sexes by looking at sex, the most natural instinct of any human. It was really reflective of how we were all living, together, sharing ideas. We were following our intuition. The film component followed with repetitive, alluring imagery inspired by the notions of meditation, instinct and naturalizing the human. My utopic dream world!
A month and a half later, we birthed an album. It was natural to me that females embody the live component of the album. It was the visual dream we envisaged when creating it.
For Drool as a band, it was really important for me to find like-minded females to push the boundaries of the sound and allow it to grow. There's yourself and Margot, who I've known for many years who brought the orchestral mindset I envisioned for the album. Kate, our drummer adds to the expression of it on stage. What were your first thoughts of Drool?
Madeline: My first thoughts of Drool were 1: That the music was daring and experimental and couldn't quite be categorised. In a place like LA, where art is highly commercialised, it was refreshing to meet an artist making music without any pre-conceived notions of its commercial appeal. And 2: Drool was created by you and as a fellow female musician I wanted to work with women who understood my sensibilities. Hearing that an all girl ensemble would perform it live was a big drawcard for me.
How was it taking Drool from a project inside your house out into the world and performing it? How was the process of performance different from the creation?
Cara: It was such a jump. I used to have intense dreams every night before playing. Growing up I danced and performed on stage for about 15 years so performing was a thing that I just let sit aside for a little while. It's like marrying all the loves of my life together.
The creation process still feels very different, especially when working with different people. Like with you, we think similarly about how we approach music from a technical digital language; mapping harmonies and producing tracks.
Madeline: I think that was one of the reasons I wanted to work together. We are both good with technology and we share a sonic intuition and desire for creativity. It's a system of trial and error when working with someone creatively and we both share the same ethos about the creative process. It is rare to find someone you are comfortable testing and trying with and I think we found that in each other.
So how has Drool changed from its initial inception to where it is now and where do you see it going in the future?
Cara: Drool initially began way back when I created my first exhibition in New York called Make Love to the World, combining artists with the vision of expressing gender equality and life expression. Drool was initially a mood piece. I was dreaming about the world I'd love to create for a feature film and this was the soundscape. That's definitely where it was. Now, having released it into the world with Terrible Records it seems to have morphed and I am inspired to write songs with a formal structure. I come from an experimental music and dance background, so it only seemed natural to incorporate this into the songs. Now, I think it will be more challenging to start experimenting with formal song structures. End Girl was kind of a break in a day of creating a mood. It was the beginning of the next step!
Madeline: So what is the next step?
Cara: I really see the women who surround me now being the future of Drool. We are writing at the moment and it feels like the live performance is shaping up and changing every time we play. Building live performance and writing more songs is definitely the focus.
Madeline: What are the short term plans for Drool?
Cara: I'm excited to play a couple of shows in LA. One is part of an exhibition that we are curating - 21 days of artists for a not for profit expression of their personal work, whether it be just creating a dinner party, a performance, live creation, panel, discussion or dance. Anything large or small. I'm pretty excited to see how that unravels. And then back to New York to make some more films and performing over fashion week. Drool will predominately be in the studio focusing on writing and performing!
Cara: So what are waiting for?
Madeline: Margot and Kate to get here.
Cara: Oh yeah.
If you're in LA, get down to see Drool perform:August 26th, 413 Fairfax - 8PM
Text Cara Stricker and Madeline O'Moore
Photography Adrian Mesko