PD: What type of artist are you?
VG: We are alt-rock band from Leeds, UK.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
VG: We formed in the back end of 2017, we all met whilst studying at University in Leeds. We started gigging our set in 2018 and went on our first mini tour in the summer of 2018. The Riot Grrrl movement is what brought us together and heavily influenced the birth of Venus. It has influenced us in principle, and encouraged us to celebrate and empower each other instead of succumbing to the patriarchy that’s designed to pit women against each other. Bikini Kill will always be a huge influence of ours, it was playing Rebel Girl that brought us all together musically as a band and set the founda6ons for us sonically.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
VG: We have such a wide range of musicals tastes within the band, but we all share a love for areas of the rock genre. Bikini Kill in particular, was a band that brought us together and still influences our music. GK is heavily into Riot Grrrl music and listens to bands such as Garbage and L7, this is the core to the band. Hannah is more into Indie Rock music like Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses and the Beatles, she really brings forward massive riffs that are arena worthy. Gabby is more into Classic Rock bands and dance music, she knows how to get a party going thus she knows how to play a really up-lifting, heavy beat. Grace’s music taste delves more into the experimental side of things with a love for Dream Pop like Fear of Men and Men I trust, this inspires the reverb atmosphere and space to our songs. Whilst Jess loves Soul, Motown and Disco alongside bands such as the Runaways which heavily inspire her guitar solos. Outside of the music realm, we all have a range of inspirations, from authors, professors to historical icons. Some in particular are Brene Brown, an American professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host, known for her research in vulnerability. Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other. Historical icons like Joan of Arc and Mary Wollenstonecraft and current environmental activists like Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
VG: We state in our bio that we ‘promote the participation, acknowledgement, and respect of women in the alternative music industry’. We think this part of bio very much sums up what our goals are for the band, or what our ‘mission statement’ would be. We want to use our platform to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and classism in the music industry, as there’s definitely a lot to be done to provide more opportunities for those who don’t have access to them. Anything we can do that might help the process along, we want to! Our latest single, Goth Girl pushes the overall message that supporting each other is the key to a fruigul society, and ironing out one’s own internalised prejudices can only mean that we are all able to fill up our hearts with nothing but love, support and empathy.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
VG: We write the songs collectively as a band, each song is about unique life experiences, from political issues, to personal things that we have experienced. Our song writing and creative process is forever changing. We write music in very different ways, sometimes a band member may demo a skeleton track and bring it to the table, we will then go into the rehearsal space as a collective and add to it from there. During the pandemic, we have started sending demos to one another and we record our individual parts from our homes. We then discuss the changes in a group chat or call. In the past, songs like ‘Amy’ and ‘Freaky Friday’ came to fruitation from improvising in a rehearsal space. It really just depends where we VG: are all at and how creativity decides to visit us.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
VG: We promote on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok under the name VENUS GRRRLS. When gigs are on, we also put up posters in the area!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
VG: If this is how someone prefers to listen to music, that’s cool. It is an accessible way for many especially as so many people listen to music online now, as long as they are doing it legally and supporting the artist, I think that it’s a good way to listen to music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
VG: As a band I think it would have to be Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill. This song is what brought us together and we love the meaning behind it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
VG: When my lavender bath doesn’t calm me.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
VG: It has to be supporting All Time Low, especially because a few of our members have looked up to them since they were young. It was a surreal experience to share the stage with them and they are such lovely people too!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
VG: We are currently wri6ng new music together, it’s been interes6ng adap6ng with the 6mes. We create demos on GarageBand and Logic and share it with one another, adding our own parts. We are hoping to get back into the studio when it is safe to do so.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
VG: We have 4 singles and our debut EP “Wicked Things’ all available online, you can buy them from our Website www.venusgrrrls.com or Bandcamp over at www.venusgrrrls.bandcamp.com. You can find us on all major streaming plagorms too!
Thanks for having us!