The Venus in Scorpio is Maxim Faster, a Berlin-based singer, songwriter, and producer. Roaming ambiguously across the spheres of 70s post punk, 80s New Wave, and everything 2000s and beyond, The Venus in Scorpio’s unique sound captures a sprawling sonic essence that is strikingly familiar, while curiously bypassing the conventions of genre. Listeners immediately recall the likes of David Bowie but Faster cite female contemporaries like Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, and Karen O among their personal influences. Now, are we ready to get weird? Read on.
The genderless and self-described “mysterious and moody They Next Door”, Faster first gained exposure when BuzzFeed highlighted their experience selling underwear online to secret admirers around the world. Their unapologetic message of self-empowerment and sex-positivity attracted a following of fascinated bystanders, who were eager to consume their music project when it was debuted.
Faster, a practicing witch, got their band name while living in Los Angeles when they calculated their astrological birth chart and noticed that the planet Venus was in the sign of Scorpio. They’re inspired by the influences of the moon and the zodiac on their personal life, their experiences and struggles in love and with their own mental health. The result is a dark and dreamy nostalgia trip that is as infectious as it is unordinary. Brace yourself; it’s their trip, and you’re all along for the ride.