Krista Papista is a talented electronic musician who is originally from Cyprus but is now living and working in London. Although Krista is incredibly working towards her next album release in early Autumn 2013 we were delighted that she took the time to be interviewed by Essential Pop. Read on to find out, amongst other things, how Krista became interested in music initially, what she’s currently working on and with whom she would like to collaborate with given the chance.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your musicvand who you are what would it be?
I like to describe my music as “Sordid Pop”. I am an electronic musician / producer based in London.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started playing guitar and writing lyrics when I was 13. Over the years I took vocal, piano, trumpet and music technology classes. I started performing when I was 14.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
They have been quite interesting. I have been performing constantly at various venues around London (East bloc, 93 feet east, Candy Bar etc), played festivals around Europe ( Women’s International Festival, 2nd Athens Music Festival, Summer Love Fest) and have collaborated with DJ/ producer Jimmy Edgar on a remix of my single “Dirty Boy Dancer” .
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Erik Satie, David Bowie, Chet Baker, Johnny Mercer, Billy Holiday, Elvis, Kate Bush.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to gig with Peaches, Cocorosie and The Knife.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
When I am working on my own music I don’t tend to listen to a lot of other music because I just don’t have time or my ears need a brake from music but I have been listening to a Greek singer called ” Annabouboula” recently.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I work entirely on my own in my home studio, I usually need to spend a few days on a track. I record and mix everything on Logic Pro.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I think they are both equally important.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I was born in Cyprus. Cyprus is a beautiful place to grown up in but I now feel like a Metropolitan kind of person. London has been a formative a formative place for me , contributing dramatically to my self-development and satisfaction of my interests.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on new material for my new album that will be released in Autumn 2013.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Release an album, more music videos and get signed with a suitable record label.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Read books, jog and travel.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Decrease self-doubt and increase your discipline and patience.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
My new single and music video “Pomoiselle” will be officially released in August but you can have a look here: video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGOe0kz4j2Y audio http://krista-papista.bandcamp.com/track/pomoiselle
Editor’s Note: Krista Papista has some incredible high energy electronic tracks which convey her personality but also have a distinct commercial edge. We’re looking forward with great interest how Krista’s career develops over the coming months and years!
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