*photo by Kay Mercer
I’m a queer DIY pop artist... my friend wrote some about me below, I get nervous talkin’ about myself :)
One of DIY’s most understated underdogs in the race for pop success, Klypi is an artist whose distress with isolation, inability to find love, and both self-inflicted and superimposed abuse comes at a stark contrast with the power and confidence displayed by their musical contemporaries. As timid as Klypi may seem, they really are brave for allowing themselves to be their true self.
Klypi currently lives in Athens, GA where they perform and write pop music: described as manic, emotional, and mundanely dystopic. It’s like a kid who sees the future as futile, just a huge mess, so what’s the point in trying? To work with what you’ve got? Maybe it’s through the simple things: like eating a PB and J with a Miller High Life, maybe it’s a quicky in a Quik Trip bathroom on your way back home from introducing your gay partner to your disapproving parents.
Under alternate aliases, Klypi has opened for artists such as Molly Nilsson, John Maus, Shitkid, and of Montreal, as well as performing alongside Jennifer Vanilla, RaFia, and Taylor ALXNDR. Additionally, they have performed at festivals such as Big Ears, Secret Stages, and Athens Popfest.
Klypi also curates Ad•verse, a festival for solo and duo performers cross-genre, a queering of organization, as well as makes art in a variety of forms: like garment design for the music video “I’m Fine”, and 3D animation in “Get Over You”. They just graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from UGA.
-words by Vixcine Martine
(Doctoral in Women’s Studies and Art Herstory, UGA)