Getting to Know Nicole Lizée

This week at Sydney Festival, “Sex, Lynch and Video Games” will feature Nicole Lizée performing her works with the Australian Art Orchestra. We asked Nicole to tell us about herself and the show:

I am… Nicole Lizée, a composer, video artist and turntablist based in Montreal. I merge live musicians and orchestras with turntables, karaoke tapes, film glitch and outmoded machines: stylophones, omnichords, the Atari 2600, etc.

Home is… Montreal, Canada where I’ve lived for 20 years. But I was born in a small town in Saskatchewan where I lived until I was 18, and where some of my family still lives, so I consider this home too.

“Sex, Lynch and Video Games ” is… a great concert for a first date. It will be a night that projects the inner workings of my media-saturated brain onto the screen and stage.

I spend too much time… watching old MTV footage from the early 1980s, complete with commercials and station IDs. I also watch way too much classic tennis from the late 80s and 90s.

It might surprise people to learn that… I used to be into heavy metal guitar shredders in my teens – and would spend hours learning guitar solos to Ratt, Dokken, Van Halen songs. I still truly love these records.

In the future… my retinas don’t detach. I keep writing for incredible artists. I meet my deadlines. I make a feature film. I develop a killer tennis serve. Animals will not be extinct.

For tickets to the event on the 19th January, and for more information, head here:

bobby townsend


Interview by Bobby Townsend.