Describe to us the experience of playing your first ever gig?
Mr.Kitty - My first show was my high school "Battle of the Bands". It was weird because all of the acts we're punk bands and I was the only electronic act. There were like, 200 people there, including my parents. At the time, I was producing Breakcore, IDM, and Drum & Bass on my desktop, so I had that on stage with a few midi controllers. I thought that everyone was going to walk out, but as soon as I started playing, everyone started freaking out. During my last song, all 200 something people got on stage with me and we danced together.
What happened when you moved to Austin with people recognizing you? And how do you personally feel about being a celebrity?
Mr.Kitty - It's cool to have recognition in the city that you live in. I appreciate it so much! I don't feel like I am a celebrity, but I do have some super dedicated fans that make the celebrity illusion appear so. It's a good feeling though.
I have seen a lot of people describe Fragments as your finest music so far and I must admit I agree, its stands as the pinnacle of what you have created so far. Life was amazing but then Fragments just bettered what was already an amazing sound. On a personal level what does Fragments mean too you?
Mr.Kitty - The songs on FRAGMENTS are the pieces of me that I couldn't convey through the other albums. There isn't a story to this album like the others. It was an experiment to see what I could create with hardware.
Is there any song on Fragments that you truly poured you heart into musically, lyrically and emotionally? If so what track and what makes it truly Mr.Kitty?
Mr Kitty - "Spirit of the Forest" would have to be the song of choice. I wanted to romanticize the way that nature makes me feel. Living in a city, there is not really any contact with the natural world. I like to think about being the only human on Earth, surrounded by animals and plants. I wrote the song in perspective of the Forest Spirit that I envision myself as when I pass into another life.
Of all the bands that you have toured with which band would you say is your perfect touring partner?
Mr.Kitty - Although I haven't toured with too many bands, I would have to say IAMX because they have their shit together and are professional about everything. Also, their live performance is amazing!
Money makes the world go around so they say, what does money mean to you and if there wasn’t such a thing as money what do you think would be a fun way to pay for the things in life we need to survive?
Mr.Kitty - I've never really thought about the value of money. It can bring out the worst in people and sometimes, the best. It would be cool to use blood as currency to see how much people would give for what they really need.
Depression is something that at points effects us all and it can really get some people. How do you personally deal with low feelings?
Mr.Kitty - Write down what's bothering you on a piece of paper and think about why it's making you feel that way. Finally, burn it and watch as it withers away. Also, I channel it into my music. I like to create melodies that make me cry and lyrics that make me realize that some people have real problems.
It’s been a sad time for music recently with some truly amazing artists passing, which artist who has recently passed has had the most effect on your life and why?
Mr.Kitty - Death is a natural event in life, so I don't dwell on it too much. I take inspiration from the future. There's always going to be creative people though. People should direct their attention to those who are currently creating instead of those that are not. They might change the future instead of staying in the same decade for 30 years.
You seem to have an affinity with Asia, what is it about the Orient that you find so fascinating and interesting?
Mr.Kitty - Asian culture focuses more on simplicity, rather than a huge spectacle. A lot of music that I like from Asia is simple, but very effective and will be stuck in my head forever. I'm burnt out on American culture. Everything is over-produced and too polished for my liking.
Have you ever had an ‘Oh shit’ moment in your life and if so can you describe it for us please?
Mr.Kitty - I was traveling to Boston via Amtrak to play some dates on the 2011 Warped Tour and to also hang out with my friend for two weeks. I went to pick up my luggage after being on a train for almost three days and the attendant says that my suitcase (which contained all of my clothes) was still in Chicago. I had to play Warped Tour wearing the same clothes for two of the shows and I ended up buying clothes to get me by until my luggage arrived, which was a few days after the Warped shows.
What do you prefer, hardware or software to create your music and why?
Mr.Kitty - I prefer software for production, but I use whatever sounds pretty for the most part.
Are you a Mac or PC person?
Mr.Kitty - I have worked on PC my entire life. Mac is weird.
You once said that the cover of Life is how you see yourself, what is it about cats that you can identify with?
Mr.Kitty - With cats, they're pretty apathetic of their surroundings. I feel that most of the time, I don't really care where I am. Being adventurous and curious also plays into this.
If you were a cat then what part about being a cat would you enjoy the most?
Mr.Kitty - Always landing on my feet and not being touched.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
Mr.Kitty - DON'T LET THE SUN TOUCH YOU.
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