Three times nominated for a New Zealand Music Award, Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician born in New Zealand. She lived in Germany from 2006 to 2011, relocating then to London. Combining folk noir and industrial, her style challenges any categorization.
The song ‘The Proximity of death (blue eyed boy)’ was included in the fifth album of Jordan Reyne, ‘How the dead live’. This album, launched in 2009, was an Arts Council and Department of Conservation commission based on one of New Zealand’s first pioneer women who arrived in New Zealand from Gravesend London in 1874. Both Irene and I are big fans of Jordan Reyne and choosing a single song has not been easy, but we do love the strength and symbolism of this one.
As you know, we interviewed Helen Jansen (aka Lady Helen Steampunk La Falconesse) and Iain Clark (aka Agent Darling) in May. If you enjoyed the interview, you cannot miss this crazy video of TVNZ (New Zealand’s national broadcaster) covering on TV One the Oamaru Steampunk Festival and Gala Ball that took place on 3rd June.
And if you have not read the interview yet… you should wait no more! It is available here: ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with… Helen Jansen and Iain Clark’.
1.- The interviewees
Iain Clark (aka Agent Darling) is an award winning manufacturing jeweller and the instigator of Steampunk in New Zealand. A time traveller of great skill and cunning, he is timeless. He lives in a little cottage in a botanical garden in a little town in SE New Zealand with his partner and fellow Steampunk organiser Helen Jansen (aka Lady Helen Steampunk La Falconesse). Over the last 4 years, with the help of several others and the enthusiasm of the local community they have made Steampunk a national phenomenon and Oamaru is now as the capital of Steampunk in New Zealand.
2. The interview
2.1.- Steampunkers in New Zealand
This is our first ‘group’ interview, many thanks for accepting our invitation. Having this opportunity to interview you is very exciting for us, both for your long path in the Steampunk community and your vast experience in the fields of fashion and jewelry.
Q.-You have been pioneers of the Steampunk scene in New Zealand. Would you be so kind to tell us about its development process and current situation?