Camilla Sparksss

Barbara Lehnhoff artistically know as Camilla Sparksss is a Swiss Canadian electro punk musician and visual artist. She was born at -30 degrees in Kenora Ontario, Canada. Yes, she had a pet bear as a child and yes her father flew a float plane.

Camilla Sparksss is best known for her captivating live performance mixing her own samples pressed on dub plates (vinyl), combined with thick synthesisers and cutting vocals.

“As an electronic musician coming from a punk background my biggest challenge was to create a physical live experience, by pressing my samples on dub plates I can play them as “real” instruments, the turntables become my guitars”.

​Her debut album For You The Wild (2014) is an instinctive mixture of 80’s dark wave experimental electronic music performed alongside a lo-fi dancer on stage, with this she toured as opening act for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 2014 European Tour. In 2019 she released her second album entitled BRUTAL. A mixture of experimental, lo-fi electronic pop, and melodic collages of a wide range of genre styles, performed with turntables, fat synthesisers and vocals. Brutal was followed in 2020 by a full remix album entitled Brutal Remix containing sixteen remixes by a variety of different artists such as French beat maker Fakear, electro clash artist Rebeka Warrior, American electronic wizard Mike Mare (Dalek) and many more.

Since 2013 Camilla Sparksss has performed over 400 live shows across Europe, North Africa, Canada and the US in venues, theatres and festivals such as Kilbi festival, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, Holland Festival, Eurosonic, Centre Culturel Suisse à Paris and many more.

In 2016 she was nominated for the Swiss Music Prize with her post punk band Peter Kernel. She is also co-founder of Swiss independent Label On The Camper Records.

Camilla Sparksss is currently preparing a new audio visual album entitled Camilla Sparksss Lullabies. That combines animated picture disc vinyls, which come to life through a magic mirror and other worldly melodic bedtime stories for adults entirely composed with endless grooves, mellotron and spoken words. The album is scheduled for release early 2023 for On The Camper records.

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