Suzi Kemp

London

Thursday 31st March 2016

Name, where are you from?
Suzi Kemp, I live in South East England and work between here and London.

What do you do?
I teach design to students which is great, and in between, I illustrate and paint too.

Describe your style in three words?
Track Suits Forever.

What music defines the teenage you?
As a young teenager I was into Garbage, Skunk Anansie, Oasis, then I discovered ‘70s/80s British punk and Oi music and US punk, I went to the local football club every weekend to watch bands. The band that had the biggest effect on my teen years was The Distillers for sure. I still remember where I was when I first heard them. Later on I got into ‘80s American hardcore, garage, grime, moved to Brighton, renewed my love of 2-tone, ska and rocksteady. Those sounds, plus euphoric trance and garage, are guaranteed to make me happy to this day.

A British icon that has inspired you?
Poly Styrene.

What is your all-time favourite gig?
The Specials at the Troxy last year was the best night in years.

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