Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Katie Wilkinson, was the 17th member to be visited.
Katie is Studying English Literature, a member of Gaggle, where she is also known as Wilko, and runs a club night called Munki with her fellow Gaggle member, Honey Gaggle. She was born in Staffordshire, has lived in London for a few years and just moved into her new bedroom.
When and how did you join Gaggle?
I interviewed Deborah for my website and she asked me to join Gaggle.
What does your bedroom mean to you?
It’s a space where I can not only work on things (essays, articles for my website etc…) in peace but also read books, light candles, drink tea and just have some time on my own (I live with friends so it’s nice to balance out the madness with a bit of time on my own in the day). You don’t really realise how important having your own personal space is until you’re a homeless sofa hopper (I didn’t have anywhere to live during December) and you go a little bit mad!
Tell me about an object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
I went to my first real festival when I was 17. It was Leeds Festival – the one I’d wanted to go to forever. No-one would come with me (I didn’t have a lot of friends when I was younger and no-one in my small set of friends would even pay twenty quid to see live music, never mind over £100!) so I went alone and saw about 30 /40 bands or something. I also bought this massive black tasselled leather jacket that clearly used to belong to a fat sweaty biker as it absolutely stank. I came home wearing it and my mum was like “what the hell is that? It bloody stinks!”
What makes you happy?
Music, candles, whisky, peppermint tea, dancing, seeing live music, friends, food, a successful DJ set/show.
When did you last cry and why?
I don’t cry that much, only when I’m stressed. I’ve got quite a lot of deadlines and stuff at the moment so I cried just the other day but ate some refried beans, drunk some peppermint tea and watched a really awful J-Lo film and I was okay again then.
What song do you always go back to?
There are a lot of these. I guess All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem is a big one to mention though as I don’t think there are many songs that fill me with such euphoria as that one. It’s just a really simple, relatable, beautifully written / produced song about going out with friends on a Friday night for a big one. I’ve had many an emotional moment to this song.
What is your favourite word?
I don’t think I really have one…
If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
Maybe Fleetwood Mac could come and do a set in my bedroom. I couldn’t afford £140 to see them at the 02 Arena (how surprising). They should come and play in my bedroom as redemption for putting their tickets on sale at such a high price. Surely most of their average fans can’t afford to see them either at that price? It’s shocking.
What would you save if your bedroom were on fire?
I’m not particularly sentimental. I would probably just save my Macbook as it would be the most practical thing to save. It has everything on it…
What keeps you awake at night?
Too much caffeine or too many creative ideas or sometimes just pure excitement for the coming months – SXSW Festival in Texas, new job (hopefully), The Great Escape, Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Glastonbury, Leeds Festival (System of the Down + Deftones fuck yeah!) etc.
Naked or bed clothes?
An old band t shirt.