by The Bathtub Project
Date of Interview: June 24, 2018.
Name: LeCiel Nejema
How often do you bathe or shower?
Every single day. Every day. Yeah, every day [laughter]. Yeah. Yeah. I mean I love showering. I love taking hour-long showers, but the problem sometimes being out in California, I have to be more conscious of the water so I can’t take the longest showers that I’m used to taking. So ever since I’ve been visiting Chicago, I’ve been soaking in them hour-long showers [laughter]. Yeah, so I guess that’s my routine. It’s just getting up, taking a shower and making sure it’s long and it’s hot as it could be. Yeah.
If you were an underwater creature, which one would you be?
I’d be an octopus. Yeah. Because I feel like there’s something interesting about octopuses and all the tentacles that they have and how sensitive their tentacles are and how their tentacles can be like extra sources of eyes for them and I think it’s pretty cool. I would be an octopus. Yeah.
What are you passionate about?
What am I passionate about? Justice. I’m passionate about seeing justice being served and holding myself and other people accountable and how that ties into justice being served. I’m very passionate about music, sound in general, because I feel like sound is an energy source that we just transfer and transfer and it can be a source that can be very powerful and empowering in the world if it’s used in a way that the frequency is vibrating on a much higher level.
How do these things manifest for you in a day-to-day basis?
Well, I work on music pretty much every day and when I say that, I want to explain to people that working on music is not necessarily what people think, like its not about picking up an instrument and singing in front of a computer or doing whatever all the time. It’s actually the entire process of my being, of living. So this conversation right now, this interview that we’re having right now, is me working on my music. Cause the process is the message. It ties into my value system and going back to how I’m passionate about holding ourselves accountable– everything you do becomes your message, it all goes into my music, all these experiences and processes. Sometimes this is what creating the music looks like. It’s just this.
What is something you feel accomplished with?
My mother told me a few months ago, “You’re living your best life,” and I never thought about it like that because I feel like I work so much, and– even if my work is what I love, it’s still work, right? So I don’t think I notice sometimes that actually, yeah, I am living my best life. Keeping in mind where I came from, the innocence of coming from poverty and also coming from the heart of oppression and injustice; and the fact that I somehow found a way out of that to be free on my own terms– I think that’s probably one of my biggest accomplishments.
What is something you still struggle with?
Surety, in a sense of like– I don’t know but sometimes it doesn’t matter how much work you put into it, you’ll never know what the results will be like– with that finished project. Even when you’re sure of your work, there’s still this unsurety of, okay, then what next after the work is complete and the work is released? And then what does that look like? So, I struggle with surety I guess.
What are your thoughts on relationships; platonic, familial, sexual and otherwise?
Relationships. Well, I am personally non-monogamous. There’s this misconception surrounding non-monogamy like, “Oh, you just want to be with multiple people.” And, for me, it has less to do with other people, even though that’s a perk. But it is more so about my independence and my freedom within myself. I want to be able to experience whatever on my own terms, whenever I want, with no ownership restrictions upon me. And I also think all those familial bonds can show up in intimate relationships, in romantic ways and it can be actually really, really good for you and healing.
What does the word intimacy bring to mind?
So much. It brings so much to my mind. A spiritual connection with someone, a soul connection with someone, this mental connection that you have with someone. And even this right now is an intimacy. You know like that consent and that choice to share ourselves with each other. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a sexual way, everything could be intimate.