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Calgary Beat: Slut Prophet

Thursday 03rd, August 2017 / 12:00

 

By Morgan Cairns 

 

Slut Prophet is one half bedroom hip-hop, one half lo-fi feminist punk.  
Photo by Willow Grier

CALGARY – Audrey Niksic, a.k.a. Slut Prophet, has had a busy year. In addition to playing her first Sled Island alongside a slew of other shows, she is releasing her first split EP. This all comes before she’s old enough to vote.

The June release was co-created with New Jersey rapper Blunt Prophet. Prophecies is one half bedroom hip-hop, one half lo-fi feminist punk.

“My boyfriend is super into hip-hop and rap, mostly Soundcloud rappers and that kind of thing,” explains Niksic.

“We were just talking about random stuff, and he remembered reading about Blunt Prophet in a blog, and I just thought it would be so funny if we made a split together, just joking around because the names worked so well together. So just I shot him a Facebook message.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

“It was funny, I did not expect him to answer, but that’s really how it came about. He was so on board with it, and I’m really happy it happened.”

Taking up the “Slut” side of the cassette, you’ll find a quartet of tunes including a lament of haircuts gone awry (“Accidental Terf Bangs”), a Karen O cover (“Rapt”), and a track on everyone’s favorite movie trope, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (“Annie Hall”).

“I really didn’t know anything about [Woody Allen],” says Niksic in reference to the track. “I’d only watched Annie Hall (1977) recently, right before I wrote the song, and I was like, what the fuck is this?”

She continues, “I think the theme of the song came after, but I wanted to write a song that was contrasting ‘this is how you want me to be’ and ‘this is what I am,’ so the idea of ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ came after.”

And it’s this unapologetically-feminist perspective that has become a Slut Prophet trademark.

“I don’t know when I got so angry, but I think it was mostly just experiences that I think every female-identifying person has on a daily basis,” says Niksic. “I also worked at a bar at a very young age. I was 15 and it just kinda freaked me out the amount the waitresses got hit on, me getting hit on so young. I just got angry.”

And soon after, she turned to music as an outlet.

“It’s everything I want to do and say, but I’m too shy to say in real life situations because men are scary. It’s a way to express the anger.”

Forming Slut Prophet at the age of 16, Niksic is all too familiar with trials of being a minor in the music scene.

“It’s hard sometimes. I get very frustrated just being so young,” she says. But a recent change in AGLC laws that allows underage musicians to play in licensed bars, has proven to be a bright spot.

“I’m really thankful that the new law came in place that minors are allowed to play bars,” she says.

“The all-ages scene is really good here, but it’s also more of a tight knit group so you’re always playing to the same people. So the bars are nice to get a new experience with that. It’s a little unfortunate I have to leave right after my set… But I’m just doing what I have to do until I’m 18.”

And lucky for us, Audrey officially turns 18 in August, and she plans on celebrating her birthday in style.

“I’ll be going to Local 510 the night before for the BeatRoute issue release party!” she says, laughing. Playing alongside Calgary’s Aiwass and Edmonton’s Preston, it will be a birthday for the ages.

“It’s honestly the best way. I was hoping that there would be a cool show happening, and if there wasn’t I was just going to make my own show, and then this happened. It’s perfect.”


 

Catch Slut Prophet August 10 alongside Aiwass and Preston at Local 510 (Calgary) for BeatRoute’s August Issue Release Party! Her split album with Blunt Prophet is available on Bandcamp and in physical format.

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