Novelty Daughter Keeps the Faith

Who: Novelty Daughter a.k.a. Faith Harding
Where she was born: Los Angeles
Where she lives now: Brooklyn
What she does: Produce music, then sing to it

How she captures ideas:
I sit with a feeling until it’s so internalized that I’ve forgotten about it—then I open Ableton and see what happens.

Her most recent artistic reference:
Vine, if I’m being honest! The succinct bizarreness of certain Vines are very inspiring to me.

If she were a sound:
Steady, but fast paced breathing. Or slow, but irregular breathing.

She believes in:
Geeking out. Enjoying the things that speak to you without worrying about what they may say about your identity. Sharing those things with others and encouraging them to geek with you.

If she could see a social disruption:
The total de-gendering of hobbies, passions, interests. I can never get back the years after puberty in which I played literally not one video game. And I don’t want eyes rolled at me anymore when I sing the praises of my eyeshadow palettes! Makeup is cool! And no more frivolous than any other thing we do to distract us from the depressing inevitability of our deaths! Everyone should wear it if they feel inclined!

Something great she’s read:
The spiritually crazed works of my birthday companions: Emily Dickinson and Clarice Lispector.

Something great she’s seen:
I recently watched “Tangerine” and felt a many good things both happy and sad.

Heavy rotation:
Soul Jazz’s Sounds of the Universe compilation, mixes by The Black Madonna, “Cha Cha” by D.R.A.M., WNYC’s New Sounds podcast, Sade’s “Maureen,” Donna Summer’s “State of Independence,”
pretty much anything Marcos Valle cares to write or sing.

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She needs to change:
My reluctance to use hardware (see: total de-gendering of hobbies, passions, interests),
but I’ve luckily already made strides in that direction.

Why she makes music:
Because when I try imagine a reality in which I don’t…I can’t.

Faith’s WILD Wish:
To get booked in Japan so I can finally go to Tokyo Disney Sea.

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