Stage diving, spandex wearing, sexually explorative Peaches is the electronic artist famed for her outlandish performance art and bold androgynous persona.
Canadian born and now Berlin based musician Merrill Beth Nisker first rose to fame in 95 as the backbone to four-piece The Shit, a noise band featuring Chilly Gonzales. Four monumental Peaches albums later and this early musical collaboration would progress to heavily influence both artists’ music from past to present. Working previously as an independent music and drama teacher, Peaches is widely respected as a talented performer, playing a range of instruments that sample on her tracks, as well as programming her own electronic beats and self-producing all her own albums.
Unafraid to experiment with the obscure, she has been and continues to be involved in a variety of creative projects, and recently starred in Chilly Gonzales’ first full length feature film Ivory Tower alongside fellow electronica musician Tiga. Directed by Adam Traynor, the comedy follows the sporting pursuits of each character’s charmingly idiosyncratic nature. Peaches has also collaborated with Christina Aguilera on her recent Bionic album track ‘My Girls’ and is working with Parisian designer Charlie Le Mindu on a hair-raising new creative direction.
Spotted sporting a leg cast and wheelchair this summer (after a crowd surfing moment which went wrong), i-D Online caught up with Peaches to talk about her home city Berlin. Listen Up.
Ivory Tower premiers in London on 26 August at Islington’s Screen on the Green. For all over international listings click here.