RF: You’ve mentioned your love of the raw Detroit electro sound. Do you remember your first contact with it?
CK: Yes I do! I had just moved to Australia (so twelve years ago) and I remember being alone at my ex-boyfriend's place. He had gone to work and I just started listening to some of his records and ended up listening for days. It was amazing. I discovered Carl Craig and then Drexciya and I was like hmmm I’ve never heard of electro…..and even though I’d heard ‘techno’ I felt like I was hearing the real thing for the first time.
RF: As you say that was twelve years ago, what about before that then. Had you had any real contact with electronic music?
CK: No not really
RF: I understand that you play the piano right?
CK: Yes, so I was playing Jazz and lots of classical music as well as keyboards in metal and death metal bands.
RF: Keyboards in a death metal band??
CK: (laughs) yeah it was a crazy time.
RF: Do you have any recordings of that stuff?
CK: I think I have some VHS tapes somewhere…..Do you know Deep Purple?
CK: Do you know Glenn Hughes?
CK: Ok, well he was one of Deep Purple’s singers for a few years from ‘73 to ‘76 or something like that, and we had a cover band that only did Deep Purple tracks from the Glenn Hughes period. I played keys and sang because Glenn Hughes has a really high voice!
RF: Hilarious! Was this in Italy?
CK: Yes, I grew up in a little town called Chieri which is just outside of Torino. I went to Torino all the time. I studied music there, classical music, for three years.
RF: For most people who will read this you are commonly associated with electronic music and techno, do you still have a fondness for classical music? Jazz?
CK: I loooooove classical music, absolutely. I don’t play it anymore. I don’t have a piano at the moment. It’s definitely in my plan to get a hold of one again. I really miss playing that music.
RF: Favourites from the classical repertoire?
CK: I love playing Bach. I hated it initially, but the thing with Bach is that it’s AMAZING when you’re good at it. Hahaha. And in terms of Jazz I really loved Bill Evans from a pianistic point of view but also Coltrane, Miles Davis, all that stuff.
RF: Did you ever get into the more angular pianists? Thelonious Monk for example?
CK: Yeah I did, I can listen to it a bit, and play a bit, but it didn’t grab me as much as others. I also went through a fusion phase (we both laugh about the dangers of admitting any connection to such a maligned genre) and a prog phase, early Dream Theater etc.
RF: And Metal? How hard did you go there?
CK: Pretty hard actually. I loved bands like Sinister. I would lock myself in my room, dressed all in black, and just disappear into the music. It was a sanctuary. I was in bands and we would rehearse every week, play in pubs etc. My parents were a bit confused about it I guess but then I would come out and play the piano so there was a balance there. A bit bi-polar I guess.
RF: Sounds like a musical house were your parents musical?
CK: My dad no, my mum likes to sing, my brother has talent but never pursued it.