Like an elusive meteorite burning through our atmosphere, CORVYX is an artist that enters our orbit once in a lifetime. A rare sight to see but when you do, you know the wait was worth it. Emerging from the celestial depths of YouTube, CORVYX, notorious for his cover music videos, launches his first original single in 4 years and crash-lands on “PLANET 9.” Is there life on other planets? Constant controversy satellites this highly debated topic and yet we still know a disturbingly small amount about the Universe that we inhabit. In recent years, we have even managed to debate the sheer credibility of one of our own. The forgotten Ninth Planet. Cold. Alienated. Isolated. And sometimes we find we have much more in common with the outcast planet than we care to admit. In his newest sonic and visual body of work, CORVYX parallels the barren wasteland of a forgotten planet to the aftermath of losing ‘star-crossed’ love. But we are not alone in this Universe and his newest single speaks the cosmic language that makes us certain there’s something greater than us all. Music.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Tell us about the making of Planet 9:
“Planet 9” started as an entirely different record and took form once I brought it to the studio. We started creating the production inspired by the melodies I recorded on my phone. We found a cosmic/spacey synth and kept it on loop while we brainstormed more ideas and suddenly I started singing “Could you come beam me up?” over and over. I wrote the verses and the hook that same day and decided that I was going to take the entire celestial concept even further by using actual sound-waves sampled from Pluto’s atmosphere to inspire the rest of the track. In its purest form, it is a record about heartbreak and the loss of ‘star-crossed’ love. I used celestial metaphor as a tool to parallel the feelings of isolation, abandonment, and alienation that occur during heartbreak to the physical characteristics of the forgotten ninth planet, Pluto.
You went with special effects alien face make-up, who was the artist?
I did indeed! When you resurface from heartbreak or something traumatic, you arise as a new person whether you like it or not. You can feel like a different being. An alien to yourself and everyone around you. Jessica Paige, SFX freelance Makeup Artist/instructor at the renowned Make-Up Designory (MUD) in New York City, absolutely killed this look and was incredible to work with. A professional with personality, passion, and tenacity. Cannot wait to keep working with her!
What clothing brand did you wear and did you have a stylist?
I wore an amalgamation of some of my favorite brands and some others thing I had previously owned and never wore! I fashioned some reflective gear which included a crop-top and matching pants provided by the lovely babes over at Dolls Kill along with this tech wear leg harness that I acquired from ASOS. I paired that with this Matrix-inspired patent leather corset I owned and this incredible high-collared crop-vest from Minoar to give me that dramatic silhouette I envisioned. I also wore another Minoar silver vest piece that can be seen in the abduction/levitation scene of the video. Jewelry was mostly previously owned and my septum is a beautiful piece from one of Chris Habana’s collections! Oh! and I finally got around to wearing my new Demonia boots which make me 3 feet taller which is always nice. And to answer the question, I do not have a stylist. I style myself for every single music video/photoshoot I have done since the start of my career.
As an independent artist making high level art do you find it difficult or inspiring?
I think anything that is worth making has its challenges and hardships. If it didn’t, does the payoff really feel that rewarding? I know that if I worked hard for it and I cursed myself and everyone around me out at least 20 times before the project reaches completion, it’s going to be incredible. Making high level art as an independent artist is both difficult and inspiring. I think having a limited amount of money/resources forces me to think more outside the box. HOWEVER, I am absolutely NOT opposed to an investor or a label giving me a substantial budget for certain music videos! I would love to create visuals all day/every day and a budget would provide me the time and leisure.
Do you believe there is life in outer space?
I absolutely believe there is life out there. The galaxy is infinite and there is no possible way that we are the only species in the Universe. Even if it’s a species entirely out of the realm of anything we’ve ever depicted as “extraterrestrial”, I do think there is something out there and to some that may be terrifying, but I find it kind of comforting. Life finds a way.
A large group of people stormed Area 51 which is a secret military base where rumor has it the US government detains extraterrestrials. You couldn’t have timed this song better, what inspired you?
I wish I could say that I was brilliant enough to plan the time correlation with my single and the Area 51 controversy but sadly, I cannot take credit for what the Universe did all on its own. The release of my single also happened to fall at the end of Pluto’s Retrograde on October 4th (also not planned!) The Universe has a way of speaking to us and I believe it was screaming at me for the release of “Planet 9”!
What does Dark Beauty mean to you now?
In my humble opinion, “Dark Beauty” is the creation and/or inspiration that derives from something not so beautiful. From the underbelly, the pain, the self-torment, and demons we all must exorcise to emerge as something even more beautiful. It is the process and the metamorphosis from our hardships/challenges to our fully-realized selves.