Daphne Camf. Image: Alan Weedon
"We will miss Daphne profoundly, yet remain blessed with the lasting memory of her music and fragrances."
Melbourne musician Daphne Camf, who was a member of groups like NO ZU, Rat Vs Possum, and SaD, has died.
"It’s with great sadness we announce the death of our dear friend Daphne Camf over the Easter Weekend," a statement released by SaD bandmate Simona Castricum and booking agent Press Play reads.
"We are all devastated and processing heartbreak and grief. We send our love and support to all of Daphne’s family, friends and community."
In a 2019 interview with LNWY, Camf reflected on the importance of keeping music in her life, even when dealing with chronic pain.
"I really couldn’t give up music though," she said. "It’s my biggest source of happiness in my life, and you really can’t give up the thing that gives you the most meaning."
Read the rest of Simona Castricum and Press Play's statement below:
"As a musician, Daphne was a formidable lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter with Melbourne acts NO ZU, SaD, Rat Vs Possum, GAY, and solo as Hadrian Valentine.
"As a broadcaster, Daphne presented 'Desperanto' on Hope St Radio and also regularly featured as co-host of 'No Pants' on 3RRR, amplifying the music of women and non-binary artists. Her hilarious takes on pop culture featured through the webcast talk show ‘Trash Slags’ for Poncho TV.
"As a true artist of the sensual world, Daphne was also a creator of bespoke perfumes and a makeup artist.
"To so many in Melbourne’s underground community Daphne was a true and loving friend. Kind, wise, spiritual, poetic and inspiring, Daphne reflected upon the wry and dark ironies between life and death, of love and pain: 'dream of Land’s End, my soul in flight, the clay that forms you, is filled with light'.
"We will miss Daphne profoundly, yet remain blessed with the lasting memory of her music and fragrances.