Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Peanut Gallery: Sounds
Hello Lex! How did Waxlimbs first start up?
It was just me messing with recording software. I didn’t know anything about how to write music, and if I had tried it in the past, the results were regrettable. I bought some software in 2010 and somehow, things just clicked (with harmony at least). I started making loads of weird ambient electronic stuff, and over time things got a little higher in production value until I picked up bass, started singing, and the like.
Who joins you in Waxlimbs now? Where does the name come from, and does it have an underlying meaning?
We’re myself, Paul Geldart, Olivia Cox and Will Jarvis. I came up with the name when I was a teen and just kind of ran with it for a long time. I think it probably had something to do with how I saw myself in the eyes of others, and pretty naturally, a character seemed to emerge after a while. I’m having fun with it.
It seems like the Waxlimbs persona, which we see in album artwork and all your fascinating stage masks, is quite clever for you, the band and the music itself. As it came from within you, what does the Waxlimbs character personally represent? How does that translate with the entire band? And how did the masks come to fruition? I love them! Quite angular, sharp, deadly, and beautiful…
Thanks, we’ve worked hard on the look and feel, so that’s nice to hear. For me, this character occupies the space of a bad dream turned good. There’s this aspect of body horror, of mutation, unwanted changes that I am really taken by. The character is less a monster than a representation of becoming in-tune with your mutations, your ugliness. It’s a way of embracing the things I don’t like about myself. It’s very dramatic, but it just seemed to evolve that way subconsciously, rather than it having been a conscious creative decision on my part.
The band acts as a filter for everyone to get at this part of themselves and to try writing music that might activate those kinds of emotions within ourselves. Everyone in Waxlimbs has their own projects, but can contribute something unique to this in pursuit of catharsis.
The masks were just something I made to combat stage fright early-on, and I didn’t realize how important they would become in the grand scheme of the project. None of us really need them to ward off stage fright anymore, but they’ve become so important to the lore we’re building that they might be here to stay. I’ve been mulling over the designs for a while and am working on the next generation now.
With this subconscious transformative emotive entity embodying Waxlimbs, how would you describe the style of music you write? What has shaped your music over the years? Who are your musical influences?
The music tends to be moody and introspective, sometimes angry. It started out more ambient and spacey, but has shifted into the world of songwriting. When I started the project, I couldn’t play any instruments, so now that I’m a bassist and more of a singer, things have changed a lot, and I think for the better