With Coum Transmissions, s/he challenged social boundaries with art; with Throbbing Gristle, s/he played a part in fundamentally redefining music; as the core of Psychic TV, s/he brought this challenge to the mainstream, ultimately becoming a seminal influence on the dance music sub-culture in the UK. S/he courted controversy with pictures of h/er piercings in the RE:Search book "Modern Primitives", experimental video projects led to h/er eight-year exile from the UK, a near-death experience led to h/er engaging in extreme body modification, along with h/er past wife Lady Jaye, to become the pandrogyne. For over 30 years, Genesis has done the unexpected, challenged everything and s/he continues to do so.
We had the chance to meet Genesis in the backstage of Control Club - Bucharest, while she was touring around Europe with the other members of Psychic TV, in order to promote the new album called ‘’Snakes’’. Initially, we were scheduled to do the interview before the concert, but eventually we made it afterwards. And it was so much better. This is a transcript.
Dragoș: So how was for you the concert tonight?
Genesis: Is it on? Are you recording it?
Genesis: Shall I come closer? Helloooo, how are you? This is Genesis P – Orridge, I’m in Bucharest, Romania! Well, yes, it was really nice, everybody was smiling, we were smiling and laughing, my belt kept coming down and my trousers nearly fell down like 16 times.
Dragoș: You created a very positive energy on the show, right from the very beginning.
Genesis: Good. That’s what we try. You can probably see, what I was talking about as references of seeing pretty things. I saw the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, I saw the first gigs by King Crimson, I saw Syd Barrett, all that stuff, live, over and over and over. So these are my roots, you know? To me, that’s what a concert is meant to be about. It is about pleasure in psychedelic, about bringing people to a common consciousness raising experience. It’s not about how clever you are, or how perfect it is. I mean, the last thing you want to do is sound just like your record. You could buy a fucking record, why you want to hear it? If you go live, it’s not just even the band; it’s the people that are around you, the sweat, the noises, and all that energy is part of the gig.
photo credits: Sarah Sitkin