Gene Kasidit – Diva, Fashionista & Agent Provocateur
Gene Kasidit can be best described as an agent provocateur and a gender bending persona. She is well-known in Thailand as a indie music icon. In the last years, she has also established herself as a fashionista and an electro pop diva. She enjoys fancy dressing for the purposes of entertainment and self-expression. Thus, she both shocks and awes people with an unconventional style, fancy appearance and dazzling personality.
When I first came across Gene Kasidit, I was at once reminded of David Bowie and Courtney Love. I think Gene can be described as a mixture of them both, nevertheless, she has a lot more to offer. She is very versatile and her voice is incredible too. Melancholic, lovelorn or aggressive vibes, she masters them all with flying colours.
Gene grew up singing traditional Thai music and in her teenage years, she became increasingly interested in Brit Pop. Thus, after finishing school, she backpacked around the world getting to know other cultures and improving her English language skills.
Hence, she also became a writer for the BK magazine while being the lead singer with Futon, the legendary multi-national electro-clash band. Gene became recognized as a singer with Futon and the band was very popular in the Thai indie music community.
Gene left Futon after receiving the opportunity to work with the music label smallroom. The first solo album ‘Affairs’ was released in 2009. This album is characterized by personal lyrics, subtle rythyms but also energetic beats. Lyrics in Thai language are also prominent in ‘Affairs’. She describes the album as being ‘about the love hate relationship with myself, love, sex, lust, friendship and the little things that keep me (in)sane and move on’ (interview with CNN).
Gene was renowed for her amazing album and related show ‘Blonde to be wild’ in 2014. The show may best be described as high energy electro pop paired with stunning costumes created by Thai designers. In fact, the show has been termed a ‘little Elle Fashion Show’.
This album can be considered the opposite to ‘Affairs’ which is rather dark and melancholic. ‘Blonde’ however, is bright and carefree. It is about having fun and being free of labels.
Summing up, we may say that Gene Kasidit is truly a versatile, fancy but also candid diva. Seeing Gene perform in videos always makes me smile because her appearance is weird and funny but at the same time it is truly sincere. Apart from singing, she is also a fashionista who likes supporting Thai designers and also enjoys shopping vintage items. As Gene says, she can be anything with good reason 🙂
(*photos retrieved from Gene Kasidit, FB page)