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Straight Edge Interview Project: Naif-Jamie Martin, 35, stolen Gadigal land (so-called Sydney Australia) she/they

Tell us about yourself! Hobbies, jobs, passion projects, interests?
I do vocals in Cherish. I love songwriting, screaming, singing, swimming and skateboarding. I am a frontline worker in public health currently working in suicide prevention. I’m passionate about ending the colony and capitalism, and in my role at work, I do a lot of advocacy on trans healthcare, inclusion, and education.

What are you listening to these days?
My favourite things locally are Masochist, Bust, J.O.Y, Blind Girls, Diploid, Terminal Sleep, Volatile Ways

What’s your straight edge story? 
Like most found out about edge through loving Fugazi and the 80s hardcore stuff, I really resonate with the revolution summer stuff the first shift in hardcore where bands like Rites of Spring took hold and made it more interesting musically and thematically. I was drawn to the idea of resisting the mainstream of consumption. People being present that’s the most hardcore thing out. I don’t claim edge I don’t claim anything except to be trying to live in a way where I don’t harm myself and then in turn others.

How do you define straight edge?
I’m not straight so I like to say I’m queer edge. Being edge is just another way to queer the world to subvert a social norm. To say no to the way it is and say yes to other ways of living.

True or False: “If you’re not now, you never were”?
life is no linear it’s not helpful to police anyone where they are with their journey, do what you want just don’t hurt anyone.

Over the past decade or so individuals in recovery have stumbled upon straight edge, and it has really spoken to them.  Do you feel that the straight edge community has been, and should be welcoming to those in recovery?    
absolutely always and forever, recovery is the most hardcore thing in the world, and people who are in recovery heal in thrive in the community these people should be welcome and celebrated for working on their demons

Have you ever felt that your gender has influenced your experience in the “straight edge and/or hardcore scene”?   If so, how?  Have you had negative/positive experiences?
Not being a man in HC is hell full stop, I wish the people with more would do more to help the people with less but they don’t they just continue the same self-serving social norms they benefit from. I’m always being made to othered or like too much by men in HC, cuz I’m outspoken and advocate for the freaks and the non-men. But I don’t care I will always speak out and push back that’s what’s hardcore is about.

Do you feel that the straight edge movement/scene is inclusive?  What are things that can be done to make it more inclusive?  What sort of changes would you like to see?
Maybe drop the militant attitude, stop dressing like army dudes? It’s a weird vibe. Just let people in stop gatekeeping.

Has being straight edge had an impact on your relationships?
I think not partaking in consuming is confronting for people and that can be isolating

Can someone be straight edge without being a part of the music scene?
that’s a silly debate I mean of course you can, I don’t really engage in that stuff I’m focused on changing what I can and carving out space for my people

Final Thoughts?
sobriety and recovery edge is badass stop policing each other, freaks to the front!

Mother, wife, small business owner.

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