of all, would you like to introduce your band to our readers?
so I guess the Idea for me and Lee to work together formed
while I was on Tour in 2002 as a backing vocalist for Aslan
Faction. Shortly after returning from a great tour supporting
Feindflug, Lee and I began writing a few tracks and by the
end of 2002 we also had signed to the label Black
Rain and during the spring of 2003 we released our first
Album “Last Vision”
read that the name “Killing Ophelia” refers to a painting
dedicated to Ophelia: why this choice?
it was based on the memory I had of seeing a Painting when
I was very young, a Pre-Raphaelite painting of the death
your name can be connected to your creations?
kind of death of innocence or slide into madness, a tainted
noticed that there are some differences between “Last vision”
and “I AMA I”: it seems that there was a sort of ripening
both in lyrics and in music. I love “I AMA I” just because
it’s not the usual ‘electro-ebm’ album, but refers to more
influences such as trip-hop, gothic, and even downtempo:
but exactely, how could you present your music? I know that
it’s often impossible for an artist explain their sound…
of the things I love most about working on this project
with Lee is the fact than it could pretty much go anywhere.
We both have very different tastes in music but enjoy the
challenge of seeing how we can fit our ideas together. Hopefully
our experimental approach is evident when you hear the music.
It’s a good way to work.
also think that the new album is more direct, more impressive,
while in “Last vision” there is a sort of fear to be original,
less free to demonstrate your real nature…
just develop our sound as we go we have no big desire to
sound like any one style we both love electronic music although
I am newer to this genre than Lee is so as we grow as we
do the “I AMA I” initials mean? Is it only a pun or it has
a definite meaning?
album name is taken from the song of the same name. The
songs lyrics where about self identity and self doubt a
kind of song for self invention that one could sing to oneself
in the mirror so either “I am” “am I?” or “I am A.I (artificial
intelligence)”.The song uses a sample of mine and lees voices
saying “I am” we reversed these sampled words in the song,
so the name is like a written version of the sound.
music seem to be quite aggressive in many parts, even in
the more “melodic” songs like “For no one but me”, “Breathing
room” or “The wound” (my preferred one) the sound is more
it’s interesting to Mix aggressive sound with vocals and
also to write aggressive words for quieter songs.
about the lyrics, they seems to reaffirm the man as individual,
as if you need the urgency to communicate that we are not
“people” but “single persons”…
idea behind some of the lyrics was questioning self identity,
also self doubt. No politics here J it just seems there
is a lot of fear about these days a lot of fear attached
to being an individual person with an opinion, a lot of
fear about being perceived incorrectly. (I am pretty anti-Fear)
listening to your voice, I found some pont of contact with
the expressivity of Bjork: It’s not an inspiration, but
a similar way to face the singing…
guess I have a kind of vocal approach rather than a voice
talk a bit abour “The wound”: as I already told you, it’s
my preferred track
wound” was written in 2005 and is about how emotions can
cause physical dsiscomfort and about how Fear and Love can
pretty much have similar symptoms.
how are you at these days?
Lee took a fall from his Harley bike a while back. At the
time of this interview Lee is recovering from a second minor
operation to fix his leg. He is recovering well and we are
working together in the studio on some new tracks and hope
to gig more once Lees Leg is up to it.
much the importance of art and esthetic in your cds, as
in “I AMA I” you could see three videos? Are you pleased
videos were an interesting and creative experiment for us
we both did the entire initial story boarding ourselves.
I did some location finding, set building and set dressing.
For “Cut” we had the help of a camera guy who had worked
for TV and who also knew some great locations for filming
and also had the help of an artist friend who works in Metal.
It was totally a new thing for us especially doing our own
stunts. I was sent down a freezing cold river wearing a
wet suit under a ball dress and Lee had
to climb up this dodgy rock face that overlooked a water
fall that was about 25ft above a rage of white water!, it
was a memorable experience making all three videos and we
thought we would share by including the videos on our CD.
you satisfied with Black Rain? It seems it’s a quite reputable
gave us a home
what about the collaboration with Aslan Faction and Feindflug
invited me to sing backing vocals Alsan Faction’s track
“Bring on the Dying”.
Ophelia did a remix of Feindflug’s “KopfShuss” for a compilation
We did a cover of Depeche Mode’s Sea of Sin as part of the
“Bright Lights Dark Room”.
We also did a spoken word piece for “Zillo” Magazine
are the projects for Killing Ophelia in the future?
hope to get a new album released during the first half of
2008 we really are just focussing on writing new tracks
for this and thinking about new album art work.
that’s all, thank you very very much for this interview,
We hope to see you here in Italy as soon as possible!
we really want to tour soon and would love to visit Italy.