In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting Friday.
As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened Magazine will feature short interviews with bands from this year’s lineup to give you, the Manifest Music Festival lover, all of the more reasons to see all of the artists performing.
Solo artist Spookstina has worked hard to expand the experimental performance art and music in Raleigh, and she’s garnered a broad following, tirelessly touring through the U.S. and Mexico. Her performance is not to be missed. She’ll play the first performance of the festival at the Nightlight tomorrow at 9 pm.
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Spookstina; a solo experimental noise artist from Raleigh, NC.
How is your city supportive of your music?
Over the last couple of years of this project, I’ve seen more of a willingness from venues in Raleigh to host more experimental and genre-less shows. This past August, I joined forces with my friend Charles Ovett (drummer for noise band, Joules, from Charlotte) to host a one-day, 12-hour noise and experimental fest here called All Data Lost. We curated the fest to be a diverse mix of close to 30 artists from across the east coast. The turnout was phenomenal, and I was surprised by all of the support and praise that the fest received before, during and after. The fest was fast-paced and included a wide range of artists from those classically trained (with added twists), to performance artists (complete with costumes and props) and a wide range of other fringe acts. There are so many people out there doing incredible things that deserve the recognition and this was a small opportunity for us to boost up and share some of the artists we’re enamored by.
How do you describe your music?
My sets are mainly improvised, using a variety of textures and sounds to create an experience for the listener. At times, this can create an almost meditative state with periods of emotional intensity.
Describe your first show.
My first solo show with this project was a complete fluke. One of the other projects I sometimes play in was booked to play shows on two different nights in a DIY fest in Wilmington, NC a couple of years ago. The night before the first show, everyone else had to cancel due to a variety of reasons, but I was ready and unwilling to pull out, so I armed myself up with a looper pedal, bass, guitar and synth and raised enough cacophony to rattle the venue. Things took off from there, and over the last couple of years, I’ve brought my performance to fests across the US and Mexico and have played with artists like Wolf Eyes, Kayo Dot, Anklepants and so many more.
What’s so great about Manifest III?
It’s exciting that Manifest is pulling strong through its third year! The work and love that Erika Libero and Sarah Shook have put into making this happen year after year is incredible. I don’t have words to express how inspiring both of them are as artists and humans with juggling their own music projects on top of all of the time and effort it takes to run a two-day, multi-venue festival (let alone balancing their personal lives). I’ve met so many great acts through Manifest over the last few years, and I’m looking forward to meeting and seeing even more this year.
What do you have coming up?
My last show for 2018 will be on November 30 at Duke Coffeehouse with Knives of Spain and Spectral Habitat. This will be a magical all-female lineup with sounds ranging from violin, flute, accordion, ethereal vocals and more. It’s a show I’ve been looking forward to for some time, and a special evening to end another year of performances.
What is the last goddamn thing the South needs more of?
Predictable key changes, cliche lyrics and unimaginative instrumentation.