C.Frim mixes elements of hard drums with grimy electro, creating unstoppable beats that keep her audiences grooving well after her sets are finished. This Melbourne/Naarm based DJ is exploding into the club scene with her unique sound and demanding presence. Having performed at festivals such as Golden Plains and supported acts like Venus X and Junglepussy, C.Frim is carving out her space within the Australian music scene.
We had the chance to chat to C.Frim about the people who continue to inspire her as she navigates the music scene.
Tell us why you love music?
Music for me holds so much attachment. It’s nostalgic. It constantly brings back memories and emotions and plays a big part in creating new ones.
Who was your biggest musical inspiration as a kid?
Honestly, I gotta pay ode to the whole jerk and Dougie movement. I didn’t grow up around a lot of music, so I had to discover it alone through different outlets. When I started to form my music taste, I would rip songs straight off YouTube and burn them onto CDs. That era of music still influences my music selection to this day.
Talk us through your creative process?
It depends on my mentality. At times, I’ll meticulously curate and plan a set or mix if I intend on evoking a particular feeling or sense of emotion. Other times I’ll go completely off energy and instinct. It’s a bit of both.
How do you feel our concept of the musical genre has changed over the years?
Music is just a reflection of our constantly changing society. Since we have so much information at our fingertips with the rise of the digital age, people are experimenting more with the fusion of different genres. It’s no longer homogenous – it can be whatever you want it to be.
What is your go-to artist/genre when dealing with heartbreak?
Dummy by Portishead hits just right when I’m going through it.
What has been the biggest struggle in pursuing your dreams in the music industry?
Being a black woman in an industry of majority-white cis men, I’m constantly questioning whether I’m being tokenised or just getting booked to fill a diversity quota. But, at those times, I have to trust my instincts and know when to say no. It high-key gives me more motivation to create spaces where black joy can be celebrated without the gatekeepers at the top.
What are some of the challenges you’re facing during Covid-19?
I guess there have been major setbacks for me in terms of gigs, but more importantly, I’m finding it hard to stay motivated and inspired. I constantly have to stop myself from falling into an unproductive cycle. But, despite all the obstacles, this second lockdown has put a lot into perspective for sure.
Miss Rona if your listening – you can leave now.
How do you personally navigate the creative industries as a POC?
Being based in ‘Melbourne’ (Naarm) there is obviously a huge lack of diversity and representation within the music scene. I feel that the most important thing for me was finding power in my community. It’s so vital to surround yourself with like-minded individuals! Especially when navigating an industry that profits off systemic racism whilst also dealing with the microaggressions that come with it.
Who do you think is currently changing the music industry?
QTPOC always have and will continue to carry the music industry. We will continue to challenge the norms and rewrite our own narratives. Period.