Intangible Sounds

Thank you to everyone who came and listened to Manchester’s queer sonic geographies at the sold out Intangible Sounds event as part of Manchester Histories at HOME in collaboration with the School of Digital Arts (SODA with other performances from Katie Chatburn, The Wyrding Module, Susan O’Shea and Bon Holloway who also took this photograph.

Electric Sandwich

Thank you Gary Fisher for organising Electric Sandwich at The Carlton Club as part of Chorlton Arts Festival and shout out to Goëtia, Quick Drop and PHIA SKY for their exciting and inspiring performances. The whole evening felt quite punk, from helping each other set up and improvising when things go wrong to the energy that was in the room.

Factory Sounds

Thank you Factory International for funding Norrisette and me to continue FLUFF.

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Norrisette is an art-pop artist whose work encompasses composition, classical piano, music production, DJing, performance and visual design. She has recently formed her own band to explore new creative and collaborative landscapes, with Ashley Garrod on bass and Matthew Hill on drums, and has also performed as a featured vocalist across Europe.

Industries is an electronic music project by Markus Hetheier. His music explores and subverts musical structures ranging from field recordings and distorted sounds to harmonic melodies and large beats. He is an electronic music producer, DJ, sound artist, workshop facilitator and practice-based PhD researcher at the School of Digital Arts (SODA).

Together, Norrisette and Industries set up FLUFF – a regular queer electronica night in Manchester. FLUFF aims to provide a platform for queer electronic music producers to perform and test out original music to a live audience, as opposed to being a club night, and has kickstarted the careers of many!

‘We are so happy to be a part of this recent artistic venture for Manchester. It will be amazing to meet local innovators and to receive mentorship for our work promoting and supporting the music of upcoming LGBTQ+ artists through FLUFF. We hope that being part of this year’s Factory Sounds cohort will provide us with a platform for our work as performers, music producers and promoters and that we will be able to connect with like-minded musicians for future collaborations both in the studio and on stage.’

FLUFF #11

Thank you Sacoya x Jade, Voxish, Nøelle and Kaoti for your wonderful perfomances. Thanks to Norrisette for curating this iteration of FLUFF, Jake for taking care of the sound and Fuel Cafe Bar for providing the space and of course thank you to the audience for turning up and celebrating with us.

DJ set at SOUP

Thank you Kiss Me Again for inviting FLUFF to play SOUP — it was a dream! Shout out to PHIA SKY who was up for representing FLUFF with me and to Norrisette who brought FLUFF to life with me. 

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If you don’t know about FLUFF, here’s how Kiss Me Again described us: “Our friends at FLUFF have been putting on groundbreaking queer electronica events in the legendary Withington space FUEL for a couple of years now, providing a more live performance focussed platform for electronic musicians from Manchester and beyond. If you haven’t managed to make it down before, you really should! Industries and Phia Sky will be representing them at KMA and we’re overjoyed to have them in the basement”. 

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Live set at The Peer Hat

It was a pleasure to support the great Mary Ocher at The Peer Hat with GC Holmes — thank you Siân Williams and Susan O’ Shea for the pictures. I did more live mixing of my stems than usual and used the wobbulator by Delia Derbyshire Day to be more playful with music when playing live and it was a lot of fun.

FLUFF #10

Thank you Danny H., Snuggle Ninja, Renee Stormz and The Silver Field for bringing so much joy and inspiration. Special thanks to Alex Booth and Fuel Cafe Bar and of course thank you to the audience.

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FLUFF #8

Thank you to everyone who came to FLUFF #8 and for continuing to create a warm, inviting space for queer electronic musicians to perform their music live. Thank you 4xi for shaking all the molecules in our body with your thrilling opening set. Thank you Mikey P for allowing us to witness your first live gig and hear recently finished versions of the beautiful songs you started writing in the 90s. Thank you Cynthia’s Periscope for choosing this occassion for your first live gig in three years and delivering such a dynamic performance. Finally, thank you Knowing the Oak Tree for creating such an intimate and captivating performance merging electronica with classical instruments, gracefully merging folklore, abstract soundscapes with hot beats, saxophone and violin solos with delicate vocals, all delivered with grace and humour. It was a joy! Thank you Heidi for sorting the sound and Fuel Café Bar for hosting us again. Until next time!

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All photographs by me except last one by my FLUFF wive Norrisette.

FLUFF x Tales from Other Worlds at Sounds from the Other City festival 2023

Photograph by Mike Plunkett

This year Norrisette and I took FLUFF on tour for the first time, to Sounds from the Other City festival. FLUFF was established in December 2021 and has been running since as an act of resistance in the precarious post-Brexit and post-Coronavirus music economy with the aim to create a resilient space for queer electronic musicians despite the challenging economic situation. In addition, we aim to reclaim the queer origins of electronic music through focusing on and supporting the queer community. 

FLUFF is a night of queer live electronica organised by Anna Appleby and I (performing as Norrisette and Industries respectively) and takes places at Fuel Café Bar in South Manchester, usually on a Thursday night every two to three months – the next one will be on June 1st, mark it in your diaries. Since we started the night FLUFF has become a community driven network which fosters collaborations amongst the different performers, some of whom have had their first gig there.

Photograph by Mike Plunkett

An example of a collaboration which has developed from FLUFF is our invitation to programme and promote a stage at the Salford-based Sounds from the Other City festival this year together with Tales From Other Worlds, a Manchester-based promotion company run by Lavender Rodriguez who had their first ever gig at FLUFF performing their original productions. This collaboration led to FLUFF being acknowledged in a Guardian article about the ‘DIY music scene pushing Manchester music forward’.

The FLUFF x Tales from Other Worlds stage was at the Old Pint Pot downstairs. We kicked off the day with Is33n who rapped over their glitchy beats, gracefully moving between more experimental and more poppy moments. Dayzee Chain delivered pure experimental electronica transporting us into an otherworldly industrial sounding soundscape. Nøelle presented her carefully produced beats and masterful vocals through which her beautiful melodies shone through. Caitlin LM  brought her band and switched between singing, playing the flute and saxophone, creating a magical atmosphere which definitely brought the feels. Rosé Gold then played their joyous dance tracks including Emma Wheeler’s gorgeous vocals during what was their second gig ever. As headliner, Phia Sky definitely delivered a versatile engaging set even including a little bit of performance art, a wide range of electronic instruments and sounds, great vocals, creating a very engaging organic electronica pop set. In between the live sets, Norrisette, Lavender Rodriguez and me (Industries) played DJ sets containing some of our music – Norrisette’s set had a hyper pop energy, while Lavender’s set brought two step and afro futurist vibes and my set contained ambient techno and minimalist left field electronica with a focus on percussive elements.

Photograph by Mike Plunkett

Sounds from the Other City festival 2023

Thank you Mike Plunkett for capturing my DJ set at Sounds from the Other City Festival this year through his photographs. It was a pleasure to not only curate the FLUFF x Tales from Other Worlds stage with Norrisette and Lavender Rodriguez but to also play my own electronic music productions including my remix for Flowers of Evil, collaborations with Indigo Jung and Northworks as well as tracks by my sister raaz — thank you for listening!

Thank you as well Ashley Garrod for this review of my DJ set.