Kariti – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
K: I play guitar and write songs about death
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
K: I grew up in the post-Soviet Russia and, as many kids, went to a music school, to study classical piano, choir, solfeggio etc.. When I was around 9, my brother gave me my first two records – bootleg cassettes of High Voltage by AC/DC and Beneath the Remains by Sepultura, that was the moment I fell in love with rock’n’roll and metal. I also was a bookworm as a kid, constantly reading and not always books considered “appropriate” for my age, I wrote poems and songs in different moments of my life, as a way to cope. Some of those poems even made it to Covered Mirrors. Music made by others accompanied me throughout life helping to survive on different occasions, at some point I felt the urge to make my own, that was the beginning of kariti
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
K: Some of the artists that helped form my artistic vision are such poets as Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Blok, composers like Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bach, musician like Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt, Karen Dalton, Scott Kelly, David Tibet, Dax Riggs, painters Vasily Perov, Ivan Bilibin, Ilya Repin, but I also get influenced a lot by nature, ancient rituals and folklore. However, my biggest influence is Death and everything she brings with her
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: release and start playing Covered Mirrors live, maybe make an a capella record at some point, write a poetry book
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: I do, they are about death, love, loss and life
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: the Internet, as every other musician I know, I uploaded Sky Burial on youtube and shared it on my facebook page, some friends shared it and it caught the attention of more people, including Emiliano, who owns Aural Music and who proposed to release Covered Mirrors
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: I prefer buying physical records directly from artists during live shows or small labels, but it’s not always possible, so platforms like Bandcamp are the next best thing to buy music online, where artists get credit and get paid for their art and labels – for the work they put into releasing records
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: Impressioni di settembre, it’s a 70’s masterpiece by a legendary Italian prog band PFM, with the lyrics by an equally legendary poet Mogol, it’s a song about self-search and change, the refrain (chorus) part is played on a Moog instead of being sung, which was something pretty revolutionary back then, I get goosebumps every time I listen to this song
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: dishonesty, unkept promises, elitism, fakeness
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: I hope it’s yet to come, but for now the reception Covered Mirrors got has been unexpectedly warm and positive, which I’m very grateful for
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
K: preparing for a live show to release and start touring with Covered Mirrors and writing new stuff, exploring different kinds of sound
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
thank you for your interest