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Counting with DIVA


The concept of a “mystery musician” becomes extremely tiresome when used as an excuse to lend hype to an otherwise banal project, but on occasion it’s also used as a mask to experiment with new sounds or styles, allowing an artist to present new work without any pre-existing judgements. That’s the case with DIVA, the latest artist to be signed to Toronto’s New Kanada imprint. While there’s next to nothing available online about this person, we can say that they’re:

1. an established musician

2. an established producer

But it’s not our job to count for you now: that’s up to DIVA….


1 memorable line in a song or film:

“Roads. Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” – Back To The Future


2 people that should collaborate:

Generally, I think collaborations should be something occur organically. Otherwise they can come off as forced, and sometimes with terrible results. Do you remember the Judgement Night soundtrack? Probably not, and for good reason.


3 things I haven’t done yet:

1) any extreme outdoor sport

2) DJ with Traktor

3) have stress-free travel in Russia


4 decisions I regret:

1) selling music equipment

2) quitting a language course after the first lesson

3) everyime I go to a bad restaurant…life is too short

4) not taking better care of my records


5 things I used to believe:

1) you can take people in the music business at face value

2) its impossible to have a bad pizza in Italy

3) love saves the day

4) any seemingly plausible stereotype about women and men

5) people know what they are talking about


6 hours ago . . .

I waited for DHL and they never came.


7 days I barely remember:

This is sort of a conundrum; if I cant remember them, then I guess there isn’t much to tell…or at least nothing memorable.
After 8 p.m. . . .

At this time of year, usually hibernating and cursing the weather.


My 9 lives . . .
I’m still on my first. Apparently there are six millions ways to die, and I have yet to choose one. (Editor’s note: This directly contradicts David Tibet and Thomas Ligotti’s previous statement that “There are but four ways to die. There is dying that occurs relatively suddenly. There is dying that occurs relatively gradually. There is dying that occurs relatively painlessly. There is the death that is full of pain. Thus by various means they are combined: the sudden and the gradual, the painless and the painful, to yield but four ways to die. And there are no others.” Anyone with intimate knowledge contradicting either statement should contact us immediately.)

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole:
Probably a lot of things. You can insert any vulgar or disgusting thing and I probably wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole…. well, maybe just out of morbid curiosity.

Published December 18, 2012. Words by moritz.schmall.