Legal name: Dominick Fernow
Prurient is the performing name of Ian Dominick Fernow. Affectionately known as Dom Guwop, he has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as American Tapes, Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Kitty Play Records, and his own label Hospital Productions. Since the 2000s, Prurient has become one of the most well-known and influential names in noise music,, and has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice.
Fernow has also recorded music under a variety of aliases, including Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Exploring Jezebel, River Magic, inter Soldier, Window Cleaning By Ian, December Magic and Tortured Hooker.
In his work as Prurient, Fernow works primarily with a microphone and amplifier, and sometimes drums. On some releases he has been joined by Ben Barnett, Richard Dunn (FFH), John Wiese, Jeff Plummer (Immaculate:Grotesque, Shallow Waters), Kris Lapke (Alberich, MCMS), Sickness, Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, Philip Best, Sutcliffe Jugend, The Hototogisu, Carlos Giffoni, Wilt, Grunt, Nicole 12, and Emily Salvatierra. Fernow was born in Wisconsin, lived in New York, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he now runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails. Fernow has also performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool (in which he also sings), and formerly as part of Cold Cave. More recently, Fernow has started marketing to the black metal audience with his label and creative works.