Juggling a smorgasbord of influences with a pop sensibility, Alice’s Night Circus walks the tightrope between her theatrical world and the mainstream sound-du-jour. Like Panic! At The Disco who married debauchery and cabaret with pop prowess, and Muse who converted a fascination for space into cabinets of album awards, ringmaster Julia Scott is attempting to lure the mainstream into her conceptual world of circus and theatrics. With her debut album ‘Metamorphose’ on the horizon, we delve deeper into Alice’s world…
In a handful of words, tell us what ‘Metamorphose’ is about?
The album is a form of escapism whilst encouraging people to embrace their creativity and individuality.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Whilst I have been classically trained as a singer my music taste is very eclectic. This ranges from opera and musicals to pop, jazz and symphonic metal and everything in-between, which means my music is very diverse. I have taken heavy influence from visual styles such as steampunk, vintage, circus, film and television.
How has living with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) permeated into your music?
I used [my illness] to inspire the song ‘Medusa’ and it also features subtly in some of my other songs.
How have you married your love for Steampunk with your music?
‘Penny Dreadful’ is inspired by my love of the Victorian macabre and old horror stories. Some of my fans have even created their own costumes to allow them to portray the song characters Mr Strange and Penny. A number of belly dancing and burlesque troupes have created routines to this track. A further fan created a Jig Doll for a video which he has since gifted to me. I create my own stage costumes and accessories as well as create other outfits for Comic Cons and Steampunk events.
Alice will be appearing as herself in a fine art photography project based around steampunks. Find out more about Gary Nicholls’ The Imaginarium here.
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