#ASCAPProud: Lena Raine
Lena Raine is an award-winning & BAFTA-nominated composer most well-known for her work on Celeste & Guild Wars 2. She also releases electronic music under the name Kuraine, as well as her own solo music such as her debut album Oneknowing. Her score to Celeste won the ASCAP Composers' Choice award for Video Game Score of the Year.
Q. Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself?
A. Relaxing at home. Going for a walk to grab coffee with my girlfriend. Taking a nap with my cat. Cooking something for others. Making music. Fully indulging in an extremely nerdy hobby out loud on Twitter & not caring that I also use it for business.
Q. How does creating music fit into your identity?
A. Music is an extension of myself, so everything I create has some small part of myself in it, queer and all. It's impossible to separate my experiences of the world and exploring my own sense of identity from the art that I end up creating.
Q. What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade/ celebration? The sky is the limit, NO RULES.
A. I hope it's not just a fantasy, but the ideal pride for me is a year-round acceptance of myself and everyone I know living their lives with no inhibitions to their identity or liberty. It is no longer an excuse for corporations to make money, or for those that are not marginalized to seek out bonus points or re-center the spotlight. It is, like most things I strive and hope toward, a normalization that no longer seeks to other and inhibit those unlike you.
Q. What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A. My wish would be that what someone's sexuality or gender is has no negative bearing over their perceived skill or artistic ability. That they all have the financial, health, and legal support deserved to them to continue making art without suffering the extended realities we have to face.
Q. What’s been your proudest moment so far?
A. As a very shy and introverted person, it's been both an immense system shock, but also wonderful to feel recognized on a global scale with no prefaces or caveats, as just myself, and allowed the ability to speak about, present, and even accept tremendous honors for my work and feel respected. It's nowhere close to the end of anything, and I can only use it as a springboard into the rest of my life.