About Xiane

 

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Christiane, Xiane, Chris Knight – I answer readily to all those names.
I’m in my late 40s, with a birthdate on December 28th. Yes, that makes me a Capricorn.
I don’t get weird about my age, so you shouldn’t either. I mostly act like I’m five, anyway.

Interesting tidbits about me: I live for music, and have called myself “your band’s best friend” because I love to help out underground acts. I’ve been involved with promoting and DJing at Goth/Industrial clubs for a while – I started out working the back door at Charlottesville Virginia’s long-running club night The Dawning back in late 1999, to which the inevitable jokes ensued. I moved up to front door then took over running/promoting the club in 2001.

I also hosted a weekly Goth Rock radio show on FM radio, Subculture Shock on WNRN 91.9 FM. That opened up a lot of fun opportunities for me, like going to awesome live shows and meeting/interviewing some greats in the genre, like Peter Murphy and Ogre.

I only left those activities because I moved back home to Baltimore, MD to live with my Mom in November 2004, after the death of my stepdad. Of course, I never stop for long, so in February 2005, I joined up with the delightful Aurora – AKA DJ Nekromantra – and we started up Cryptkicker, a weekly night at The Depot on Charles Street in Baltimore MD. Horror Rock, Psychobilly, and Old School Goth and Punk never had a creepier home! [RIP, Cryptie.]

I also ran the online streaming radio station RADIO XIANE for about a year and a half, but money concerns have cut into operations for now. I’ll be getting back into online radio or podcasts eventually. [sooner, rather than later!]

Before I got into running club nights and DJing and promoting, I dabbled in the RockStar department, as the singer of the swirlygoth band The Violet Dawning. We played a lot of shows around C’ville, especially The Dawning, but by 2002 we were petering out. It was fun while it lasted.

Even before that, I was involved in the ‘zine community of the early to mid 90’s. I published three separate titles: Boneyard, Through The Trees, then The House Of Three Ravens. Each of these featured talented artists, writers, and musicians. I also dabbled in some small-press publishing, producing Timothy Renner’s New Dark Ages anthology of artwork under the Three Ravens Productions imprint.

I’m very interested in getting back into small press publishing. That might be what the future holds. I’m rather open to creative endeavors, you know!

I was married. That’s been done for a while now. When one door closes, another opens, and it seems that my door involved some time travel or at least a bit of the past which now points to my future. I’ve now moved back to Baltimore, where I practice cat-herding and making/selling fancy-schmancy fiber arts like handspun yarn and hand-dyed and processed fibers on my website, threeravens.net. It is very fulfilling.

Other boring personal crap: I have green eyes and un-naturally pink hair. Or sometimes very blonde. Or occasionally lavender. I’ve had most colors, except green. That could change at any time.
I’m of a medium height and curvalicious.
I generally wear all black, if for no other reason than it’s easier that way.
I used to favor platform or tall boots but these days I’m in short DMs or other earthy simple shoes.
I like Rock and Roll and I like Beepy Music and I see no conflict with this. I love to DJ and I have a HUGE music collection – but I’m a rock’n’roll DJ, so no beatmatching. If that disqualifies me in your eyes, suck it. I never claimed to be a supahstah, you know. I just press play and hope people like the way I strung the tunes together. :)

So that’s me, glossed lightly and introduced. If you’re reading and I don’t know you, tell me about you! If you’ve found me and you’re a friend – HELLO! Yay!

I write, as openly as possible, about my experience with depression and abuse, and my ongoing recovery. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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