Music

Solo EP: “Asexuality” by DestroyerMariko

This conceptual music project looks at the difficulties of being an asexual* person, while also breaking the conventions currently prevalent in asexual creative culture. I drew heavily from my own experiences to inform my lyrics, rather than relying on the usual clichés about things like cake, and stubbornly defied the paradoxical difficulty of talking about asexuality without having to mention sex. I also did this in my own sonic style, influenced by my background in industrial and heavy metal music, genres usually untouched by explicitly asexual music and musicians.

However, the EP was important to me for more than just its exploration of this one aspect of my life. It also came about after a long period of depression, so deep and dark that I hadn’t been able to make any music in that time, and which resulted in the ongoing hiatus of my previous band Rainbow Death Ray. Being able to come out of that depression and return to my music as a soloist, even performing on stage, has done so much to restore my confidence in myself as a creative artist.

The EP is available for download on Bandcamp.

*Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others.

Rainbow Death Ray

In late 2015, my band Rainbow Death Ray successfully crowdfunded and released our debut EP. Combining electronic pop and heavy metal vibes, our music was a taste of something a little different.

On this record, I performed vocals, played a 5-string electric violin, and programmed the backing tracks including drums.

For me, this EP was a big deal. I’d been in other bands before, but this was the first one where we put together a professionally made release. Adding to that accomplishment, I personally poured a huge amount of myself into the record. The songs on this EP were all written by me, and I also took on the role of recording engineer, graphic designer, and general manager, while simultaneously taking charge of our crowdfunding campaign. This EP was one of my biggest achievements at the time, and I thank my band members, friends, family, and our wonderful fans for their contributions and support.

Download the free digital version of the EP from our Bandcamp page, or purchase the physical CD from the shop.