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. Scarlett Lassoff was the 14th member to be visited.
Scarlett is a Trend Forecaster for fashion and a member of Gaggle, where she is also known as Glossolalia. She was born in Harrow, Middlesex and now lives in a flat of a red brick Victorian building in Shoreditch.
My dream job would be being a full time performance artist, which is my ‘craft’, but almost impossible to actually live on.
When and how did you join Gaggle?
I first saw a video of them on a style blog a couple of years ago and immediately felt a mix of jealousy and awe and thought I WANT THAT. Then by chance in 2011 I found the callout for new members on the Transgressive records mailing list, which I forgot I had signed up to. I had a meeting with Deborah in which I was assessed for character and not any kind of musical ability, and then went to a rehearsal. The final test was surviving a one-day coach trip to Newcastle on a very small coach to see the whole band play a festival. It was. Challenging. But I made it through!
What does your bedroom mean to you?
I have a strange relationship with my room, as a sanctuary but also a hiding place. I think because I haven’t lived in a place I’m entirely comfortable with in the last few years, especially regarding flat mates. It tends to turn into a cave of sparkly clutter and filth that I don’t want anyone to enter. It looks appealing and fabulous from the outside but when you get closer you see it’s messier and disturbing, which I guess is a feature of my art as well.
Is there an object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
It’s a booklet that I made when I was about 8 or 9 years old, which I like to consider as ‘my first zine’, titled The Book of Horrible Dinner Ladies and Teachers, featuring sketches and humorous nicknames for my least favourite primary school authority figures. I particularly like the details and use of stink lines. I’m pretty much a hoarder and tend to imbue scraps of torn paper with probably too much sentiment, but I’m glad this one has been preserved.
What makes you happy?
Being with friends acting much less than our age and ugly laughing at funny voices and impressions of people. Dog pictures. The Puppy Bowl.
When did you last cry and why?
Last night, I was just feeling completely useless and unable to function at the thought of not getting another 9-5 job. Because capitalism.
What song do you always go back to?
I think my most played is Crystal Diamond Women Flow by Leslie and the Lys. Leslie Hall is my higher power.
What is your favourite word?
Glossolalia, of course. Also spelunking. Mostly words that I learned from Joanna Newsom songs.
If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
I think Miranda July and I would have the best sleepover ever. She would really appreciate my collection of children’s toy instruments and we would both dress as narwhals and make light shows on the ceiling with sweet wrappers for colour effects.
What would you save if your bedroom were on fire?
I just want to save everything, but it would probably be my laptop, which I fear may explode soon anyway. I wish I could just save a copy of everything in my room to a hard drive!
What keeps you awake at night?
My terrible sleeping pattern.
Follow Scarlett: twitter @scarlettnarwhal