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My alter ego – interview with Miranda Cartel

Updated: 22 July, 2023 Created: 20 December, 2015 By:Adalbert Category: Interviews|News
Miranda Cartel is a synth pop/darkwave act which is a child of Arachna – composer and vocalist involved in Lilly of the Valley, polish synth/gothic duo which already released two LP’s. In Miranda Cartel she decided to leave the guitars which are very remarkable in her main band, and plunge herself into world of electronic  and more dance oriented rythms. What is common element of both projects is Arachna excellent vocal and great melodies, that will hardly get out of your head if you will give Miranda Cartel a try. Arachna agreed to answer our questions and unveiled few secrets of Miranda Cartel’s concept.  

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Adalbert: Why you decided to start Miranda Cartel after many years of Lilly of the Valley’s activity?

Arachna: I think that many musicians and composers had the same moment in their life – while preparing some stuff you start to think about different ideas, different sounds and composition are coming to your mind and you have to decide what should be done with this “different” stuff.

Adalbert: Is it a side project or will it somehow replace LOTV’s activity?

Arachna: A side-project. It will not replace LOTV’s activity, but for now, for this particular moment, I feel the different wind in my wings and I think I should go with it. ;)

Miranda Cartel is oriented towards electronics only, not so ephemeral, not so lyrical as LOTV is

Adalbert: Is Miranda Cartel… just the same project as Lilly of the Valley – it’s just oriented towards electronics?

Arachna: Miranda Cartel is oriented towards electronics only and not so ephemeral, not so lyrical as LOTV is.

Adalbert: What’s the band name meaning? Is there any?

Arachna: Well…. Miranda Cartel is my alter ego. There is no hidden meaning :)

Adalbert: First thing that has striken me while I listened to “Divert” is  its very good sound and production. What was the role of Zowa Studio (directed by Zmorrha from Skon project) in this process?

Arachna: Zowa-Studio is responsible for mix and mastering, so the final EP’s sounds is his merit.


Adalbert: While I think about Miranda Cartel’s inspirations not only dark independent electronics, but also more synth-electro tunes like Marsheaux, comes up to my mind. Which were your direct inspirations?

Arachna: It’s hard to tell which of the groups which I listen to had the most spectacular inspirations. Among the groups which I was listenening to during the time I was preparing this EP were Aesthetic Perfection, Ashbury Heights, Zombie Girl, Covenant, and many many more and I think that the final result is caused by this mix.

Fake My Fiction is in some way very special, because I recorded vocals at home, on my own

Adalbert: Any ideas to make Miranda Cartel a live act?

Arachna: I had some plans for live shows. I will put information on Miranda’s facebook as soon as it will be confirmed.

Adalbert: There are 5 regular tracks on your new “Divert” LP. It’s hard to say which is the best, my favourite are “Divert”, “Leviathan” and “Fake my fiction”. And yours?

Arachna: It’s hard to tell, every track is important in particular way, so I can’t decide which is my favourite. Maybe “Fake My Fiction” is in some way very special, because I recorded vocals at home, on my own. Other vocals were recorded at studio and with this last track I decided to experiment. While home-recording you are alone and you can put into you’re your vocals expressions different emotions and feelings. Personally, I think that final results is really good and this experiment was a good idea.

Adalbert: The final question is… what’s next? Any plans for the future? Shall we expect any full length album?

Arachna: This month (December) the video for „Going Down” will be released, I had some plans for remixes and yes, full album is my next target. And of course – plans for live shows. 2016 will be both – full of work and activity.

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