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1. Cru cru Kiirstin Marilyn, what first got you into music?

I have always had a deep connection with music that can be traced back to my upbringing. As a child, I was immersed in the world of musical theater, thanks to my mother's passion for the stage. She introduced me to dance and theater at a young age, ensuring that music became an integral part of my life. However, my older brothers played a pivotal role in shaping my musical journey. They not only introduced me to my first live concerts but also shared tapes of the music that resonated with them. As I ventured into adulthood, armed with a degree in acting after graduating from college, I found myself yearning for a more creatively challenging path. It was at this juncture that the idea of joining a post-hardcore progressive rock band presented itself as the natural progression in my career, combining my love for music and performance, setting me on an exciting and fulfilling artistic journey.

2. What would you do if you had a time machine?

If I had a time machine, I would go back to the months leading up to my brother's death and pick up the phone...

3. What cinematic records would you recommend me?

I would highly recommend The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," The Smashing Pumpkins' "Melancholy and The Infinite Sadness," and of course the Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet soundtrack.

4. What's your top 3 albums to listen to from the 90's?

I can only name 3 favorite albums of the 90s!? That's tough. Well once again going to have to go with "Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness" by the Smashing Pumpkins, 311's self-titled album, and "Throwing Copper" by Live.

5. What's the most nostalgic song of all time?

"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses

6. Who is Kristoffer?

Kristoffer is my eldest brother who passed away in May of 2021. Throughout my life, he influenced my musical tastes and served as a significant influence on my overall journey. As a kid I idolized him. In my young adult years, I wanted to save him. As his sister and friend I did my best to be there for him and let him know I loved him.

7. What is "Beyond the Bad"?

"Beyond the Bad" is the lead single off of my EP entitled 'Kristoffer.' My brother struggled with Bipolar disorder and Anxiety disorder for which he self-medicated with drugs and alcohol most of his life. The lyric of the chorus is "You tried 100,000 times, to live the time you thought you had. And I tried, but never knew why, you were the boy who couldn't grow 'Beyond the Bad'."

In my earlier years and even after my brother's passing, I grappled with not fully comprehending the breadth of his lifelong battles.. "Beyond the Bad" delves into specific moments in time where I endeavored to see my brother for who he truly was and offer him the grace that so many in his life did not.

8. Can you write what was your best performance in your career? How do you remember it?

I consider myself a performer above all else so this is a tough one as I've been performing in bands and solo since 2005 and before that performed in musicals. But if I have to choose, one of a few shows that stands out for me is my performance at Warped Tour 2014. Performing at this iconic festival was such a thrill. My band members and I started with a cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," which was a huge track at the time and got the kids all gathered at our stage. I gained a bunch of new fans and even some press coverage with that performance. Performing at outdoor festivals is always a blast. These are really the performances that stand out for me.

9. How does a pumpkin tastes like?

Pumpkins taste like dirt, but pumkin pie tastes like magic

10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?

I whole-heartedly now and forever agree with the Pigeon


Check out the original EP by Kiirstin Marilyn: "Kristoffer"!

"Beyond The Bad" opens this wonderful EP with melancholic orchestral strings complemented by acoustic guitar chords. The production is brilliant and perfectly captures the sensory stimulation of listening to Kiirstin's emotional and nostalgic performance behind the microphone as she has to deal with the tragedy that befell the boy who couldn't grow beyond the bad. I'd also like to highlight melodic refinements like bells that bring a well-deserved epic reality to Kristoffer's life in this spiritual odyssey that is both haunting and a celebration of what it is to live!!!

You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!

Words by The Pigeon

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