The inception of came to Lead Singer/Producer Caitlin Stokes in a dream she had as a young girl. The name Corlyx was spelled out to her, a name she would write down yet never use until her journey began with Singer/Multi instrumentalist/Producer Brandon Ashley in Los Angeles. After many projects of their own the duo began writing music together in the late of 2015, creating a concept true to their rock backgrounds while digging into their Electronic curiosities. Pulling multiple influences of many prominent genres from the 90’s, they began to write and produce with the intention of making music they truly loved to listen to.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Sarasota Florida, however I have moved and lived all over the world since I was very young and we currently live in Berlin Germany. Brandon was born in Turin, Italy.
Tell us the story of the 1st time you met:
I met my band mate/life mate Brandon Ashley at a dirty rock bar on sunset strip called Loaded. I was actually on an awkward date when I saw him walk into the bar. He looked really interesting and I wanted to talk to him, he was also very tall, as am I, so that stuck out to me a lot. I quickly got rid of the guy I went to Loaded with and went right up to Brandon and asked him for a cigarette, (we both quit now), after that it was pure magic. He got my number and texted me as soon as I got home and never stopped until every part of our lives coexisted.
Why do you think you were both brought together?
I think the way we met was so serendipitous to begin with, we both admitted to not even wanting to go out that night, for me, rock bars were not my usual hang outs in Los Angeles. If we hadn’t met I have no idea what I would be doing right now, I defiantly wouldn’t be in Europe making records. So for me, fate plays a part, every single thing we did in our past brought us together and we couldn’t imagine a life without each other.
Congrats on you new album ‘Music 2 F 2’ we love the title and the synth heavy Electro feel. How does it feel having it out?
Thank you, Corlyx is all about the sensuality that hides in darkness, I use very sexy bass lines and rhythms that remind the listener of, well having hot sex. I’d say that wasn’t my initial intention with this record but you don’t always write music sometimes the music writes you. It evolves and becomes a reflection of the artist. At the time we were recording and writing this album our lives were filled with so much passion, the expression of that was very obvious in the music. Constant feedback from friends before we released was; this is really sexy, so at that point it was clear to me what the album title should be, also it’s totally a cute title. The release itself feels amazing, we have grown a lot since we released our EP almost 2 years ago, but I am already working on second album, I see Music 2 F 2 as just the beginning.
What song can we expect a music video for?
This summer we will shoot one for “Sensual Violence”, we need to wait until it’s a bit warmer in Berlin for the concept I have in mind, however I just finished a cover of Reptile By Nine Inch Nails that I will be shooting a music video for, no female artists has ever attempted to cover this song and the music video of this will be extremely dark and sexy. I am going full creature for this one.
How do you think Los Angeles and Europe differ?
I am so relieved to be in Europe at this moment in my life, we both love LA and appreciate all the lessons we learned in that city, but LA has it’s cliches and they are all true. You can’t meet a person without them asking what you do immediately followed by what can I get from this person. There is so much social climbing in that city everyone is so thirsty. I have beautiful friends that are actually wildly successful/famous and they are so completely isolated. They become depressed because everyone is constantly trying to get things from them, so even at the top, the societal structure of Hollywood is extremely flawed. Not to mention the dating scene, men abusing their power is all too familiar, however women play into that and use men for financial gain or fame. Date a celebrity and you become one, it’s that simple. Now that we are in Europe, especially Berlin, people judge you by their impression of you, not by what movie you are in or what kind of car you drive.
What do you love about LA?
I guess I kind of tore up LA in my last answer but there are reasons why I stayed in the city for 13 years, for Brandon 7 years, the weather obviously rocks, and there still is so much creativity in Hollywood, many artists flock there looking for success, I have met some amazing humans in that town who impacted my life forever. Also LA has the best sushi.
How did Berlin inspire you as artists?
Berlin is the most unique city I have ever been to thus far, especially for Europe, the war history here is all around you, the dark decay of the landscape, ugly yellow soviet buildings, smoke stained monuments mixed in with strong metallic German architecture that screams: we can rebuild, it will be fierce, they are statements, it’s all around you. Then you have such a mixed melting pot of cultures from all the various years of heavy immigration, it’s incredible to walk down the street, there will be a sex club 2 kilometers away from a Catholic church and then a Mosque. You hear seven different languages being spoken in one block. The city actually has a well known slogan that it is “Berlin Is Poor But Sexy” and it’s true, the creative energy here is so heavy you can taste it. Everyone that we meet here is ready to create, we already have done incredible collaborations with such talented artists. All of this definitely gave us the inspiration we needed to write and produce this album, we owe it all to Berlin.
Most intense moment of your music career:
For Brandon he would definitely say opening up for Iron Maiden in front of 50,000 people was the most intense moment for him. For me, (I am going to name drop a lot here), I was at a house party at one of my Billionaire friends house, Justin Murdock, it was Terry Richardson’s birthday party, as you can imagine it was star studded. The house had a music room sort of separate from the rest of the party and I was a bit bored so I hopped on the drums and started playing a bit. Then this blonde tattooed girl came over and picked up the bass and we started doing a little jam, then Billy Duffy from The Cult came over and started playing guitar, I knew Billy from previous parties at Murdock’s place, then Steven Tyler comes over (who I also knew from previous parties at Murdock’s), he was like, I didn’t know you could play drums, can you sing? I was like; hell yes, so he kicked me off the kit and I grabbed the mic, Steven said hey you guys knows Whole Lot Of Love? (Led Zeppelin), of course we knew it. It was sort of this out of body experience for me, we started jamming and I sang like I have never sang before, thinking: my idol is on the drums and we are having a jam out, how is this my life right now? Everyone from the party came over and started watching, we went through about another 8 songs, other people came up and grabbed the second mic to sing a long, like live karaoke with a star studded band, Jim Carey was also one of them, he has a great voice and we sang Walk This Way together, he actually knew all the words (I did not). This night was probably the most legendary thing that will ever happen to me and even writing about it gives me butterflies. Murdock called me up the next day and was like, did you start that jam out? No one has ever done that at my parties, everyone is calling me telling me it was the best party ever.
Top 3 favorite artists:
Trent Reznor, Bjork and David Bowie.
Releasing Reptile, followed by music videos and currently trying to put together a European tour. Follow Corlyx on Instagram (below) for updates.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
If the light from the stars in the sky are traveling from the past then it means the dark spaces that are left must be the future, the allure and mystery in that is overwhelmingly beautiful to me. I am an artist who loves to express my darkness in a very subtle, mysterious way, not so in your face and obvious. I actually grew up as a Goth, I am still the same person, but my music and image is a dance between all things I find beautiful, you must immerse yourself in what Corlyx is to understand why we call ourselves Dark Pop. My scars, my pain, my sensuality, my darkness and my light coexist together in perfect harmony and acceptance of each other, driving me to create, what could be more beautiful than that?