EMQ’s with KARITI
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Trieste, Italy based ‘Mourning/Dark Folk’ artist kariti. Huge thanks to her for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
kariti, I play guitar and write songs about death.
How did you come up with your band name?
карити means “to mourn the dead” in old church Slavonic, and perfectly sums up what my music is about.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Growing up in the post-Soviet Russia, I remember a small, but active rock/punk/post punk scene represented by such artists like Alisa, Yanka, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, KINO, that are considered cult artists today, my parents also listened to a songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky a lot, so this is what comes to mind, as for metal, the first artists I was introduced to (by my brother) were all foreign: Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Pantera etc.
I left Russia a long time ago and haven’t had a chance to closely follow its music scene since, but, from what I know, there’s a pretty active sludge, grind, black metal scene and a lot of pagan/folk metal artists and fans
Now I live in Italy, which has had significant prog bands (PFM, La Maschera di Cera, Goblin etc.), the town I’m based in, Trieste, has a pretty active music community (I even used to be part of a collective that run a small DIY venue), such bands as The Secret (black/grind), Grime (sludge/death metal) come from here
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My debut album “Covered Mirrors” will be released on September 18th via Aural Music, the latest (second) single we released is ‘Il Corvo’ and you can listen to it here:
Who have been your greatest influences?
My artistic vision is influenced, if I can call it that, by death and its exploration in different forms of art, such as poetry (Anna Akhmatova, Aleksander Blok), classical music (Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bach), painters (Repin, Bilibin), but also by nature, ancient rituals, mythology, folklore, as for the “modern influences”, I can say that music made by the likes of Scott Kelly, Nick Drake, Karen Dalton, David Tibet has definitely played its role in pushing me to write my own.
What first got you into music?
I studied classical music and piano as a kid and was always singing around the house, my brother also taught me a few simple chords on the guitar and gave me my first records (High Voltage and Beneath the Remains bootleg cassettes), but honestly, I remember music being a constant presence in my life as long as I can remember myself
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Roadburn, I’ve attended it a few times and love its unique atmosphere, diversity and inclusiveness, also, a lot of my friends played Roadburn and always told me that those were among the best gigs (and the best public) they ever had.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
It’s yet to come.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stay true to yourself and support artists you love.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Martin Kearns of Bolt Thrower.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
So far, my favourite part was the process of composing and writing songs, but I haven’t played them to a real audience yet, maybe that will become my favourite part. Elitism, especially in metal, is pretty annoying. Don’t like the music? Don’t listen to it, it’s that simple.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish small labels, artists, promoters and venues got more support in order to do what they love as a full-time job versus it being a side passion next to a day job, at least in Italy.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It’s yet to come.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Conservation biologist specialized in felines.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jane Goodall, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lemmy, Lev Tolstoy and Grigori Rasputin.
What’s next for you as an artist?
Release the record and start touring, but I’ve also been writing some stuff lately, so maybe there will be another record at some point.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Is there really a need to put a label on things as long as we love and enjoy them?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your interest and for doing what you do to promote music!
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