She Makes Waris the gloom-pop solo project of
Laura Kidd– multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, digital polymath and hard working one-woman army. Having graced stages across the world playing bass and singing for Tricky, A-Ha, The Penelopes, I Blame Coco, The Young Punx and Alex Parks, Kidd released debut album Disarm in September 2010 accompanied by five quirky handmade videos and aims to build on its DIY success with Little Battles, a new collection of carefully crafted, powerful alt-pop songs released on April 9th 2012.
Yvonne de Villiers sits down down for an interview with Laura
You seem to really be drawn to the visual arts - tell us a little more about this and your work as a photographer
Visuals are a big part of the She Makes War project - I tell stories in lots of different ways and so I use my videography and photography skills to give a glimpse in to another aspect of my world. I've been working as a professional videographer and photographer for about 6 years and I really love creating things for other people as well as for myself.
You seem like a chameleon...many different sides. How would you describe yourself as a person and, as an artist?
Yes I am constantly juggling not only projects but parts of my personality - I'm very driven, hard working and ambitious (in terms of wanting to make a lot of things, not necessarily in wanting to get recognition for them), but at the same time am really sociable, outgoing and giggly. In general I'm pretty chilled out but I find it hard to keep the balance sometimes and if I let one aspect of my life take over too much it can have consequences. For example, I know full well that I feel much more capable of doing everything if I go running twice a week and am stricter about getting a good night's sleep but because I'm busy I often let those things slide and pretty quickly feel the negative effects. Balance is so important, but at least at this point in my life I feel like I know myself really well and am in control of how I interact with the world.
If you were stuck on an Island with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
My sister Julia - she always makes me smile.
Tell us why you like your Luna
I love my Luna Dolphin because I can always rely on it for a gorgeous tone. It just so happens that it's strikingly gorgeous too, a real work of art of an instrument, and that really fits in with my visual aesthetic.
We are proud to call Laura Kidd a Luna artist!