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The Instagram for erotica, latex, darkness and destruction

Meet Joe Isherwood, the musician, DJ and archivist behind @dazedfashion’s Instagram of the week, @sheetnoise

Joe Isherwood – the man behind @dazedfashion’s Instagram of the week, @sheetnoise – didn’t endorse the social media platform at first, due to lack of enthusiasm for #foodporn, selfies, and #ThrowbackThursday posts. In fact, @sheetnoise started out in a pre-Instagram era on Tumblr, but when people got bored of ‘gramming their breakfast and started using the app to post archive art, fashion and music references. Isherwood started @sheetnoise to share his personal likes with friends, and other like-minded people.

Fast-forward to now. One scroll through @sheetnoise’s profile and you’ll find rare content with quite the cult following. Images posted previously include archive snaps of Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, black and whites of subversive German industrial outfit Einstürzende Neubauten tearing up a venue with power tools, unearthed covers of out-of-print Serbian youth magazine Mladost, defunct laserdisc sleeves, obscure titles from New English Books’ offering and posters for sadomasochistic films like The Night Porter and Videodrome. Other protagonists include The Runaway’s Cherrie Currie, Maleria!’s Beate Bartel, and Catherine Deneuve, alongside the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean Cocteau and Shūji Terayama, amongst others.

When Isherwood isn’t posting some of the best references on Instagram, he can be found DJing around London, playing keyboards for Insecure Men, or putting on a club night called Crimewave that claims to play “weirdo disco”, “medieval techno”, “derelict pop”, “Japanese noise wave”, “sado maso disco” and “filth” and other intriguing genres. We’re into it.

Who are you?

@sheetnoise: I’m a musician and DJ based in London. I play keyboards in a band called Insecure Men, run a club night called Crimewave and generally DJ about the place. 

How would you describe your account? 

@sheetnoise: It represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom… Or as @monikerlewinski says ‘A gridded dumping ground full of excesses: sex, leather and destruction’.

What’s the criteria for a @sheetnoise post?

@sheetnoise: I tend to gravitate towards the subversive, dark and rebellious, but generally it’s just stuff that I’m into. Visually I’m drawn to images that have some texture to them i.e. if it’s a magazine scan, photograph or record sleeve, I like it to be slightly tattered and torn and aged in some way. 

What are some of your favourite images you’ve ever posted?

@sheetnoise: Too many but after having a skim through, here are some that stick out: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.  

Where do you source your content?

@sheetnoise: A combination of Google image searches, Tumblr blogs, Discogs and an archive of images on my laptop I’ve collected from various sources over the years.

What do your references reveal about you?

@sheetnoise: I guess they give an insight into where I’m at creatively or mood wise at any given time. The images I post tend to reflect what I’m listening to, watching or feeling.

Who are your favourite artists and photographers?

@sheetnoise: Shuji Terayama, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Robert Mapplethorpe, Billy Childish, Nobuyoshi Araki, Louise Bourgeois, Daido Moriyama, Man Ray, Edo Bertoglio, Yayoi Kusama, Kurt Schwitters, Karlheinz Weinberger, Jean Michel Basquiat, Brion Gysin, Duchamp. Too many to mention really.

If you had to soundtrack your account, which artists would you choose?

@sheetnoise: Throbbing Gristle, Chrome, On the Corner-era Miles Davis, Les Rallizes Dénudés, Bruce Haack, Sun Ra, Suicide, Einsturzende Neubauten, Judy Nylon, Richard Hell, Malaria!, Martin Denny, Crime, Palais Schaumburg, James Chance the Contortions, Manuel Göttsching, DAF, Can. 

If @sheetnoise was a character in a film, which would it be and why?

@sheetnoise: Meiko Kaji’s character Sasori in Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion. Why? Because she’s bad ass.

“I tend to gravitate towards the subversive, dark and rebellious... Visually I’m drawn to images that have some texture to them. I like it to be slightly tattered and torn and aged in some way” – @sheetnoise

Has anything unexpected come from your account?

@sheetnoise: The most unexpected thing has been the reception really because I didn’t really expect it to resonate with so many people. The best part has been all the interesting and inspiring people I’ve connected with since starting this account. 

What are your top three archive cultural moments?

@sheetnoise: Einstürzende Neubauten attempting to dig through the ICA stage to the tunnels below leading to Buckingham Palace, the Sex Pistols’ Bill Grundy interview and The Jonestown Massacre.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram?

@sheetnoise: @hollyevanssssss, @_mazo_onna_, @kim.terrell, @douglasahart, @lottavolkova, @sarah__abney, @chainandthegang, @gabbahey77, to name a few.