Emma from Slut Magic on – Slut Magic ✨

Slut Magic is really about having fun & being yourself – it’s about being the most fun version of yourself. Most of all it’s a magical glittery extravaganza every time we perform.

💖 So we’ll kick off with: what are you guys all about? What is Slut Magic?

Slut Magic is really about having fun & being yourself – it’s about being the most fun version of yourself.

For us it’s also about being sexually empowered – whatever that means to you.

Our idea about being a slut is whatever that means to you in terms of how you want to represent yourself in the world, & how you want to interact with people.

We want to change the word around, we want it to be something fun which means that I get to make my own choices about my sexuality.

Most of all it’s a magical glittery extravaganza every time we perform.

💖 So what would be the main thing that you’d suggest people do to try & empower themselves in that way?

I mean, it sounds kind of cliché, but it’s really just about loving yourself.

If you love yourself then you’re going to treat yourself really well. & part of that is making choices that you feel good about, & making choices about your life.

Those choices should always be about what you want, & not somebody else’s definition of what you should be doing or what you need to be doing.

💖 What song of yours do you think is the best one that describes that kind of feeling?

There’s two sides to it.

We have a single that is called ‘Shut the Fuck Up’. It was one of the first things we released & it was initially a response to cat calling.

It’s basically just ‘shut the fuck up, leave me alone. I’m going to do what I want to do. I don’t want to talk you & I don’t want your opinion’.

Then the other side of it is a song like ‘Megawatt’, which is very romantic & has a school dance sort of vibe to it.

We like to play both sides of that coin, because some of our songs are very clearly punk rock & then, other songs are more chill.

💖 What inspires you to write music?

Lyrically, it’s definitely based on either my experiences or stories that other people have told me. I’ll just sit down to write a song on a specific subject or I’ll just randomly scribble something down whilst I’m out & about.

Musically, we write everything together – as a band. The guitarist, aka hot boyfriend, writes a lot of our musical structures, & riffs & stuff.

As a band we’ll just start jamming out, & then I’ll try out some words over something. A lot of our stuff grows out organically like that. So it’s very collaborative.

💖 So you & hot boyfriend started out the band together then?

Yeah! We’d actually been playing with our friend Marc (who plays bass) in some other groups/iterations.

We’d been writing music with him for a while. & then we found Shannon, who’s our amazing, amazing drummer.

Right around the same time we changed our name to Slut Magic.

It wasn’t until we changed the name to Slut Magic that it sort of came to life! We were like ‘oh, this is exactly what we want to be putting out into the world’.

💖 Because it’s a feminist site, we tend to ask people, what does feminism mean to you?

I feel like there’s a lot of answers to that.

The simplest is just that feminism means equality. It means that women need to be treated like humans, & not be held to lower or higher standards in certain aspects of our lives.

Women need to be treated like humans, & not be held to lower or higher standards in certain aspects of our lives.

It’s really about empowering girls & women to stand up for themselves. But then also, to create a culture where men are not putting us in these situations where we have to constantly be on guard & have to try twice as hard as they are.

We’re not taken as seriously in a lot of aspects.

I think people that don’t really get it, think that feminism is about women needing to have all the power. But it’s really about having equal power.

There’s so many thousands of years to undo in order for that to happen that it takes swinging the pendulum a little bit, & getting people to rethink things that once seemed like normal behaviour.

Sometimes you can’t see that until later or looking at it through other perspectives, even when it was your own experience.

I think a lot of the responsibility has to be with men changing their minds & understanding that, by women having more power in the world, it doesn’t mean that they have less power. No one’s trying to take anything away.

We want to all be propped up to the same level.

💖 That was a super, super great answer. It sounds like you’re on a bit of a mission in terms of self-love & empowering people.

Do you think that plays an important part in terms of gaining equality for women?

I think it does. & I think even for men too.

I think that men have a lot of self-deprecation. & so when men don’t feel good about themselves, they’ll take it out on women or blame women for what’s going wrong in their lives.

It’s a sort of feminine, driven self-love – it’s about embracing the feminine side in all of us.

We did a really amazing charity event for Planned Parenthood on Valentine’s Day, this past year, called My Slutty Valentine. We had a lot of drag performances, & female fronted or non-binary bands.

It brought together a really diverse audience of queer/straight women/men & non binary people. Everybody in the audience just seemed very respectful, & also had an amazing time. They were definitely being their most fun selves!

I think sometimes people can see sexuality as very loaded. But if everyone is in control of their own actions & their own desires, then it can be something really amazing.

💖 I like that, because if everyone’s in control of their own desires, it’s the basis for consent. Freedom in sexuality isn’t the problem. Consent is the problem.

Exactly! & if everybody’s on the same page, & everybody’s really clear about what their boundaries are – then that’s respected from the get go. It’s so much more fun.

Our shows are really about that. You know, I love our album, & we’re working on another album right now. But the live shows are where we can see what’s being created.

We love engaging with the audience who just wear really crazy, crazy outfits. & it’s gotten to the point where our audiences will get specific outfits for our shows. They’ll be like ‘oh, I can finally wear this crazy, super slutty, or super sparkly thing that I never would have had a reason to wear. I’ll wear it to the next Slut Magic show!’.

That’s basically the idea, because Slut Magic is also really tied in with fashion.

We love the idea of the outward expression of yourself being part of your whole story & manifestation of self-love.

We love the idea of the outward expression of yourself being part of your whole story & manifestation of self-love.

People who attend Slut Magic shows can just feel like ‘I’m going to make myself look how I really want to look & not worry about getting a lot of shit from people’.

We’re creating an environment where you can do that

& feel comfortable

& feel safe

& also feel hot

& really great about yourself!

💖 That’s incredible! I did fall down a few designer rabbit holes when looking at your Instagram. You seem to wear one person quite a lot. That coat that you’ve got with the fur…. who is that?

There’s two brands that we are really close with. & that one is Jackets by Natasha. She has an Etsy store & makes these amazing jackets for a lot of people for festivals, like Burning Man. But she’s an independent designer.

& then the other brand that we do a lot with is Laruicci, the jewellery brand. And they are intertwined with Slut Magic. Slut Magic actually came out of Laruicci!

The designer Lauren, is amazing! She just loves music & loves glamour – so it’s just a really great combination.

💖 Amazing. I was gonna ask you: I don’t know bunches about the Brooklyn punk scene. What’s it like? Are there loads of bands like you? Do you face any challenges being the kind of band you are? What’s the vibe over there?

It’s pretty cool in Brooklyn!

There’s a lot of queer, non-binary & female fronted bands. & there’s a lot of really great representation.

You’ll definitely still see the four white dudes on stage with guitars, sort of, run-of-the-mill kind of thing. But because it’s Brooklyn, people do tend to get a little more creative & a little more outside of their shell.

A lot of times when we play outside of the city we’ll be the only people on the line-up that have women in our band. But in Brooklyn, the music’s always really creative & different.

There’s one band that we’ve been performing with a lot. They’re called Def.GRLS & they’re just amazing people. Their band is super, super fun.

Everybody wants to support each other for the most part, & help each other out.

💖 So that’s kind of the music side. But what would you be found doing when you’re not playing music?

A lot of stuff!

I make jewellery for Laruicci, the jewellery brand. I’m part of the creative life of that.

I’m a classical violinist, so as well as playing violin in the band, I also play classical gigs & teach violin.

I like working with kids &, also volunteering. & of/c playing with my cats Odin & Loki.

Everybody else in the band is creative in multiple ways!

Marc, our bassist, is also an incredible photographer. & that’s his main thing.

& ‘hot boyfriend’, is also a writer & does web design stuff.

Shannon, the drummer, also teaches music. & she’s a classically trained pianist.

So everybody’s got a lot of different creative interests & stuff that we bring together, which is pretty fun.

💖 Do you guys have any plans for touring outside of the US?

Nothing concrete outside of the US right now.

Last summer, we played in the UK, & had an absolutely amazing time! We played all over England & Scotland, & it was such a great experience.

You guys have such a good scene over there. I get jealous when I think about it!

I would guess probably next year, we’ll maybe do another UK run, because it was so fun over there. & you guys get us!

💖 So that’s all the questions I have. Do you have anything else you wanted to talk about or add?

I definitely want to mention that we’re recording over the summer & we’re going to be releasing a couple of singles in the next few months!

We’re going to have a new album out soon, that’s going to have some really cool feminist themes, & imagery – we’re leaning into it more & more.

This will be our first record with Shannon, our drummer. So it’s always nice to have more feminine energy on there.

The single that we released a few months ago called Dark Purple was with Polaroid Purple, who’s this amazing female rapper. So we are also playing with different genres.

We’re currently shooting a video for the single as well which is going to be amazing! The concept for the video plays with gender roles & perspectives. It’s coming out in the next few months & we can’t wait!

We’re like… ‘glitter punk’ we call ourselves. A lot of our songs don’t necessarily have a punk feel. The main thing is fun! We just want our audience to be the most glittery versions of themselves.

We just want our audience to be the most glittery versions of themselves.

💖 So we have to see a specific Slut Magic fashion line, because that sounds like it would be of interest – to me at least!

That’s sort of already happening – Lariucci & Slut Magic, we’re like sisters! & then also now with Jackets by Natasha.

We also like to do thrifting as a band! We go to the thrift stores & find crazy stuff to wear together. That’s another one of our interests, as a band, thrift shopping, you can add that.

💖 What are your top tips for thrift shopping?

My one tip is to always try on something you think is extremely ugly, like grandma looking, even if it looks really stupid.

It’s always fun, so that’s always a good thing to do!

& then just always go for the shiny stuff, colourful stuff, anything super glittery, iridescent, & also laced. You can’t really ever go wrong with lace!

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