Kelli Ali

Kelli Ali

I believe that music is magic. When I make a record, I strive to capture a phantom and harness its spirit within the music.

I've been making records for almost half of my life. My love of music has most probably saved my life a thousand times and I can remember in the early days of my childhood, being spell bound and hypnotized by the wonderful music all around me. I still am.

I joined my first band when I was 16 and in my early twenties, I joined a band called Sneaker Pimps. We made an album called Becoming X in the mid 90's and for a couple of years, we toured all over the world with the album.

Making records has become my primary interest in life. Each record I make means some new challenge, some different way of looking at things.

My new album Band of Angels will be released in February 2013

In 2010, I collaborated with the Swiss pianist Ozymandias to create the classically inspired ' A Paradise Inhabited by devils' album.

In 2009, I released an acoustic album called Butterfly.

In 2008, I released Rocking Horse, my first completely independent album which was produced by the composer Max Richter.

I am grateful to be able to partake in this mysterious and precious experience and am deeply grateful to those of you who continue to enjoy my music.

Making records has become my primary interest in life. Each record I make means some new challenge, some different way of looking at things. Recorded sound is magic to me and sound itself is such an illusory and obscure medium, I have found working with sound and music to be the most fascinating and rewarding experience for both the mind and heart.

I continue to be an independent recording artist, I have spent the last couple of years working on my new solo album Band of Angels. Thanks to my wonderful listeners who Pledged to make this album possible, it is now complete.

In 2001, I signed a solo record deal with One Little Indian records. My two previous solo albums, Tiger Mouth (2003) and Psychic Cat (2004) were both released on One Little Indian records.

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Record Releases

Solo releases & collaborations

For further information see the discography and collaborations sections

'Band Of Angels' solo album
'Above As Below' Cult With No Name – Guest Vocals; Released UK & Europe
A Paradise Inhabited by Devils' Kelli Ali & Ozymandias – Digital Download
'Butterfly' solo album – Released UK & Europe
'Rocking Horse' solo album – Released UK & Europe
Dropz album – collaboration 'Sweet Oblivion'
'Psychic Cat' solo album
The Dysfunctional Psychadelic Waltons – collaboration 'Pay Back Time'
Millenia Nova – album collaboration 'Narcotic Wide Screen Vista'
Linkin Park – backing vocals on 'My December'
Bootsy Collins – album collaboration 'Play With Bootsy'
'Tiger Mouth' solo album
Bryan Ferry – backing vocals on 'Frantic' album
Satoshi Tomiie – album collaboration 'Full Lick'
Double Six – album collaboration 'Beyond Sci-Fi'
Sneaker Pimps 'Becoming X'

Favorite Music

Sufjan Stevens, Brian Jones Town Massacre, Ennio Morricone, Susumu Yokota, Sonic Youth, Eagles of Death Metal, PJ Harvey, Joan Baez, Turin Brakes, Joni Mitchell, Japan, Goldfrapp, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Bjork, Jesse Sykes, Air, early David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Francis Lai, Goblin, Marissa Nadler, Mina, Burt Bacharach, Jose Feliciano, Sergio Mendez, Primal Scream, The Doors, Panasonic, Aphex Twin, Buffy St. Marie, Odetta, Vincent Gallo, The Velvet Underground, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Lou Reed, The Cramps, The Pixies, Japanese Folk Music, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vivaldi, Goldmund, Deaf Centre, John Barry, Max Richter, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Devendra Banhart, Greg Weeks, Lavender Diamond.

Favorite Books and Writers

Knut Hamsun Hunger, John Steinbeck, (Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, The Pearl) Murasaki Shikibu (Tale of Genji), Yukio Mishima (Death in Midsummer and other stories, The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea), Stephen King (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Misery, The Gunslinger and all the Dark Tower books), Vladimir Nobokov (Lolita), Kafka (The Trial, Coming to America, Metamorphosis), Haruki Murakami (The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, Kafka On the Shore) Tony O Neill (Digging the Vein), Thomas Mann (Death in Venice), Hunter.S. Thompson, The Man Who Fell in love Withe The Moon (Tom Spanbauer) stories by Tenesse Williams, Oscar Wilde,Charles Bukowski (The Last Night On the Earth Poems), Jack Kerouac (The Big Sur, On The Road) Alexander Solzhenitsyn (The First Circle, Cancer Ward) Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu.

Favorite Films

Scar Face, Never Ending Story, The Fugitive Kind (with Marlon Brando) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Pulp Fiction, Suspiria, Battle Royale, The Audition (Mike Takashi), anything by Takeshi Kitano, Buffallo 66, The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo), U Turn (Oliver Stone), Vamp, Near Dawn, Requiem For a Dream, Rita Sue and Bob Too, The Doors, Pirates of the Carribean 2, The Evil Dead 1 and 2, Train Spotting, The Night of The Hunter, most films by Alfred Hitchcock, Rosemary's Baby, Withnail and I, Christopher Guest films, La Dolce Vita, The Misfits, Rebel Without a Cause, Apocalypse Now, Halloween, The Company of Wolves, Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill!, The Labyrinth, Cheech & Chong, Grind House, City Of God, Dig, The White of The Eye.