Klaryssa Korol

Chamber of Echoes is an open-concept music/art/fashion/visual project conceived by Klaryssa Korol.

The project has been described as “A female version of NIN mixed with Depeche Mode, Garbage, Evanescence, and Porcelain and the Tramps.” To call Chamber of Echoes a band would be a misinterpretation; the only official member is vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter/producer Klaryssa, who is responsible for the sole vision, concept and sound of Chamber of Echoes.

Unbound And Set Free + Under Lock And Key is her current double-disc EP; one disc produced by major label recording studio NRG (AFI, Linkin Park, Evanescence) and the other one self-produced at indie label and production house ArtiSans Label. This double-EP showcases the 5 demo songs she originally set out to create; the first disc with the underground flair she originally intended with additional bonus tracks, and the second disc with a major label spin.

How do you describe your music to people?
"industrial music production fused over alternative-pop song structures and hooks. Ambient dream-like pads make an appearance over trip-hop beats, distorted pianos, experimental intros and pulsing synths"..which is what it says in the bio...but things are starting to move towards a harsher and darker sound. There won't be as much of  pop influence on things as there used to be, but more towards the hard rock/metal genres, with harsher distortion, and more drum-machine heavy...still heavy on the vocal harmonies and synth sounds though!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was classically trained in piano starting when I was about 8 years old. When I was about 11 years old I started writing my own songs with lyrics, but writing everything on piano wasn't enough. I started downloading free recording programs off of the internet when I was about 17, and started learning MIDI, programming and engineering. I couldn't find any members that wanted to do the kind of music I did, and looking to Trent Reznor as an inspiration, I started performing/recording/writing every part of every song that I could. Four years ago I finally put a title on my project; "Chamber of Echoes" was a name that came to me in the middle of the night when I was just coming out of a dream, and it isn't until about now that it's finally become a live band/art/fashion/visual project.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
mmm.music production.sound design.performance.costume and makeup design.drawing.painting.videogames.coffee.sleeping.art shows.coffee.concerts.photomanipulation.graphic design.coffee.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Learning how to control anxiety and stress, and also time management. I need to learn how to get more organized with managing tasks, and making sure everything gets done in a timely fashion. Also remembering to take my vitamins so I don't keel over.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
It's funny, looking through old yearbooks, they always had that little interview thing they would put by your picture asking what you would like to be when you grew up, and the earliest one I have at about 4 years old said "singer"...followed by, cartoonist, actor, animator, orthodontist (wtf?!?!)...

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well, I hail from the OC...not much is going on here in terms of electronic or industrial music...so I would have to say I haven't been impacted a whole lot. It's a total deadland here for these types of genres, let alone for the people that actually enjoy them as well. The only time I ever got some sort of inspiration is when I would go to the bigger venues like the Honda Center, or the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater and saw a hugely successful band that I already looked up to. The music culture here is all about indie rock, hipsters, coffee houses, and acoustic folk...something I am completely opposite of, well, except the coffee part...

What other artists out there do you love?
I love many! Would you believe my guiltiest music pleasure is actually African Tribal music...but besides that, I LOVE NIN, Depeche Mode, The Birthday Massacre, Curve, Mankind is Obsolete, Celldweller, Kidneythieves, Porcelain and the Tramps, Terrorfakt, Red Flag, Tears For Fears...the list goes on...

What does your future hold?