THE WHIP ANGELS
The Whip Angels started in 2011 as a Herald and a conduit. It is one of many deities, an earthly presence that connects with others in an atmosphere of mutual faith. The Whip Angels are self-transforming machine elves; they are maenads and naiads; faeries of filth; they are emissaries of the Forms. The Whip Angels are another way of furthering the message that sex is sacred.
I started performing at spoken word open mics in NYC as a way to help me overcome my fear of speaking. The words came and, as they tumbled out of me, I realised they needed grounding, lest they disappear forever. Music came later, first as a crutch then as a cradle. I learned to record music and play various instruments specifically for this project. The music became a new form of philosophy and in the trances and traces of sound and are madeleine moments where the past leaks through. Sacred sexuality as a loop in time..Over the years I've also collaborated with many other great musicians and there is a related parasexual side project called blacktantra, where the phantasms are channelled into a simpler form with the hope that, eventually, they will coalesce into a wordless, abstracted, blur of pure energy. Occasionally I DJ and make remixes under the name Pope Joan II.
When people ask me what I sound like, I have no reply. I sound like I am. Each breath is a beat, every sound is a motion. You can sail genres at me like a cluster of arrows and they will all stick because I’m eternally open to influence, the ultimate in submission to the mastery of music. I take everything into my body and make it anew.
My latest full length release is called Death is Coming, you can listen below.