Interview with Vicky Boyer from Karkaos


There are bands out there that have something like a special force surrounding them and giving the band special powers or something like that. Suddenly the right band members find each other and they all match in vision and capabilities, the right sound is something that suddenly comes naturally, the right band name is chosen, the artwork to accompany the recordings fit exactly with the music, the video’s look like something that was meant to be and finally, they are very nice people. But you bet they work their asses off to achieve all this.

I present you, Karkaos from Canada. 6 questions to Viky Boyer who’s fronting the band.

When did you start singing and why did you want to sing?
I can’t remember when I started to sing. My parents told me I could mumble melodies before I could even express myself, as a baby. But for as long as I can remember, I sang. Singing to me, feel like the only way to express myself in a completely honest way. I don’t know if that makes sense, but It’s as it would be my native language.

Who influenced you the most at the beginning of your career and who are your current favorites?
At the beginning of my career, I’d definitely say Masha from Arkona: it’s after seeing her band live at a festival in Germany (where I lived back in the days) that I told myself I wanted to scream, too. As I told you earlier, I’ve always been a singer, it’s the screaming part that came much later. I was much influenced by a scream in folk metal, like Ensiferum, Finntroll, Eluveitie, and Finsterforst.

Lately, my influences when it comes to writing music and singing are much more varied. I would definitely say that my biggest influences right now are Chelsea Wolfe and Myrkur. They have a different approach regarding music and I find it extremely refreshing, and it feels raw and sincere. That’s how, ultimately, I would like to qualify what I am creating.

What other types of music would you like to sing?
I’m a sucker for folk music. One of my favorite bands is still Mumford and Sons (the two earliest albums). Once again, it feels so genuine, and I get totally lost in the music. I really love to play older songs on my guitar and just forget to try to be on pitch, just being absorbed by the music.

Right now I’m working on my solo project which kind of sounds like a mix of Mumford and Sons, Chelsea Wolfe, Me and that Man(Behemoth’s Nergal’s side project), Karkwa (a Quebecer band I love), and Emma Ruth Rundle. Some kind of dark, acoustic, bluesy folk music.

What is the highlight of your career?
There are so many precious moments that it makes it hard for me to chose. A few weeks ago we had a show at Club Soda, and the venue was completely full. We had an awesome Wall of Death and it was memorable. What I’d also say was a highlight for me is when I listened to Kolossòs for the first time and heard Morgan Lander (Kittie) sing my lyrics. I used to listen to Kittie all the time as a teen and really looked up to her (I still do). It was a wonderful feeling of accomplishment: same when I heard Lindsay’s (Vocalist and Keyboardist for Cradle of Filth) vocals on Bound by Stars.

What was the funniest moment in your career?
I’d say when we played in Carleton and as we got up on the stage, fog machine on, intro playing, looking all serious and shit and the fire alarm went on. The thing was too damn high and nobody could reach it, and it was caused by the fog machine, and it wouldn’t stop! So we just laughed on the stage and waited for the firemen to arrive and turn it off. That was ridiculous and hilarious.

Tips for people who want to start singing like you do?
Listen to your body, folks. I wanted to sound loud and scary when I started screaming and thought it was completely normal to be in pain for a few days after screaming: it isn’t. I lost my voice completely for a while just before going to record Children of the Void. Screaming is not supposed to hurt at all, and it’s not a question of ‘’getting used to it’’. Watch Melissa Cross and learn slowly but steadily.

And dare, please dare to do things despite the fear. You are going to get judged, hurt and compared: don’t let it stop you. The positive gratification is worth it all. How are you supposed to live without music anyways, right?

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