Interview with Otep

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—From our archives— *Older Interview*

Interviewed by Jessica Clingempeel +fans
© Ethereal Metal Webzine

So, talking
politicians, which candidate are you hoping will win?

Otep:  I hope that a
Democrat will take the White house back from these miserable failures that are running our
nation into the ground. I  support both
Hillary and Barack.

Would you ever run for president? If so, what would you
change in America?

Otep:  I don’t think I
would as I don’t (currently) have the stomach for that  kind of public and political scrutiny. I am
much more comfortable as an  activist,
finger pointer, and provocateur.

How do you  deal with
those against your music? The ones trying to ban you because  of controversy? Isn’t it our right to speak
freely?

Otep:  I don’t really
pay much attention to them. I just keep doing what I do  and hope that it touches as many people as
possible.

If you had your way on dealing with child molesters and
abusers, what would you do? What would you say to them?

Otep:  I would
research all of the torture tactics used throughout history and apply them accordingly. Anyone that hurts a
child in this way deserves  nothing but
eternal suffering.

Would you ever consider using a fan’s poem/song in one of
your albums?

Otep:  I am always
impressed by how creative and talented and imaginative our fans are and we’ve used fan artwork to make
shirts before but I’ve never considered
a poem or song. I think I’d be open to including a poem from  one of our supporters in a future release,
but it would have to be the  right
circumstances and for the right reasons.

How did  you deal with
the problems with the release of The Ascension? It seemed  like the fans and even you were getting
tensed up at the end.

Otep:  It was
extremely difficult but was the right thing to do. We are very happy with our new record label (KOCH
RECORDS). They are true believers  in our
message, music, and movement.

Have you ever ran into any problems with the fans?

Otep:  Our music
incites emotion and decimates all of life’s repressions. For some, that can be overwhelming and they take
it a bit further than most  would which
can be a little strange and frustrating in the wrong  circumstances. But overall, our fans and
supporters are amazingly caring  people
that aren’t afraid to be themselves & support each other.

How about a freestyle for us?

Otep: Sunday poem.
Burning beneath the coiling of a reptile sky. Romancing the wound. Here, in the empire of sin and
skin. Blessed is the safety of  this
sound. Keys clicking their agile defiance. I find myself smiling  and sipping life from the fingers of
eternity.

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Now below are questions from numerous fans………..

Stephanie M: Over the years you’ve become more popular with
thousands of fans, where do you see the band in 5 years?

Otep:  Hi Stephanie, I
see the band living in a fortified compound somewhere  in the mountains of Tibet, preparing for
world domination, in the  spiritual
realm, polishing weapons of the mind, and saving the souls of  all mankind ……. actually …….. I just
hope we keep making music  that is
important to us and we keep evolving as musicians and  songwriters and are able to increase the
power of our live performances.

Linda: How are the vocal exercises?

Otep:  Bon jour Linda,
they are helping greatly. The polyp seems to have disappeared and my voice feels strong again.
Thank you for asking.

Andres: How did Otep hook up with the new band members?

Otep:  Greetings
Andres, we found them at the bus station panhandling for change. No, that’s not true. Brian Wolff
(drummer/ninja/squid) was  introduced to
us by a friend of the band. Brian is the most amazing  drummer we’ve ever had and is the creator of
a unique fighting style  that combines
ancient martial arts with drumming. He calls it
WOLFF-CORE.

Brian is also responsible for introducing us to our  new guitarist, Aaron “Alpha”
Nordstrom. They are longtime friends who
perfected their musical gifts in similar measure. Aaron brings a  technical mastery of guitar to the band that
we’ve not had in a long  time but he also
has this amazingly wild and savage performance style  that heightens his role as one of the most
charismatic and talented  guitar players
we’ve ever had. In his other life, Aaron (Alpha) is a  scholar, alchemist, and kung fu aficionado.

With these 2 lunatics
joining myself and the incredibly talented maestro EVIL J, our live  shows have never been more powerful and
liberating.

Brittany: What inspires your lyrics? Is it imagination, real
life experiences first hand, influences by stories…? What are the band
member’s favorite bands now and/or growing up and what kind of impact have they
had on them?

Otep:  Hola Brittany,
it is my belief that artists should be open to all forms  and sources of inspiration. So yes, all
things bring their essence to  our songs.
As for our favorite band right now – I have no idea. I know  we all love (old) Radiohead but you’d have to
ask them as we all have  such varying
tastes in music and art.

Amber: What is it like being a female in the metal industry
and do you ever face discrimination because of your gender?

Otep:  Greetings
Amber, in rock music (as in everyday life) people who are different or not of the majority will be
looked on as different, an  outcast, and
sometimes discriminated against. But I didn’t start a band  with any thought of this. It’s the way life
is and there will always be  obstacles.
It’s my job to decimate any & all stereotypes by not  pandering to them.

Elizabeth: How has becoming a world renowned artist changed
you and/or those around you?

Otep:  Hello
Elizabeth, I am not sure I am a world renowned artist but being able to make art for a living is a dream come
true and one that I take  very seriously.
I worked so hard to get here, I don’t ever want it to go  away. This is all too precious and I never
want to look back and think I  wasted it.
I work harder now than I ever did before I was signed or had  created an album.

Lindsey: Is Otep single and if not who is she with?

Otep: Guten Tag Lindsey, indeed I am single.

Rhiannon: What do you hope for your fans to gain from
listening to your music?

Otep:  Shalom
Rhiannon, I suppose I hope they find a sense of connection and liberation, perhaps even inspire them to
create or rediscover their  imagination.
I believe an artists greatest gift is to inspire. If I can  do that, I’m doing my job.

Rosario: What goes through
your mind when you scream that way? I’m asking this because there’s
a  lot of people out there who would love
to scream like you.

Otep:  Aloha Rosario,
I see visions sometimes (in my minds eye) when I perform. I feel every emotion. When I am
reciting quietly, delicately,  it feels
like a million tiny kisses all over my body. When I am  screaming in defiance, the lower toned one
feels like every atom in my  body is
imploding on itself and then exploding outward with incredible  force. The higher shrieks feel like I’m
soaring over the world showering
everything in liquid fire. It’s quite overwhelming. Every show is a  spiritual intercourse. I find it quite
satisfying.

Stephanie:  When did
you come out growing up? If you had to choose one painting to  get tattooed on you, what would you choose?
Is there anything else you  would like to
achieve in life besides an author, poet, artist and  performer?

Otep: Namasté Stephanie, my first crush was  in middle school with the girl down the block
from me. She had beautiful  hazel eyes
with long, curly eyelashes and I would draw her little  pictures all the time. I think my family knew
then that I was attracted  to the same
sex. If I had to choose one painting, it might be something  by Bosch. I hope to do many more things but
right now I am focused on  our new album,
The Ascension.

Meghan: What is your most memorable moment while on tour? Do you get any time for yourself, or is at all work and
hustle?

Otep:  Buon giorno
Meghan, I have had so many amazing moments on tour. Every  time I hear the crowds chanting “OTEP
OTEP OTEP” it sends thrill chills
throughout my entire being. I am so very lucky to have this
opportunity  and to be supported by such
amazing people.

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