Performer Erica Mulkey (aka Unwoman) is a solo musical artist from San Francisco, California. She began playing cello at nine years of age and piano at eleven, and also plays cello banjo and theremin. Thanks to her personal style, she has self-produced eight solo albums and recently completed her seventh successful Kickstarter campaign.
As we said in this interview, we have been supporters of Erica’s work for a long time and we adore the delicate and eclectic combination of Erica’s voice with electronic layers and classical instruments like her cello. ‘The Snowstorm’ is the ninth track of the album ‘The Fires I Started’.
1.- The interviewee
Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman, is a Bay Area-based cellist/singer/composer/producer.
She began playing cello at nine years of age and piano at eleven, and also plays cello banjo and theremin. In addition to her solo act which is frequently featured at major steampunk and related conventions all over the US, she plays cello with Stripmall Architecture, Vernian Process, Abney Park, and other acts.
2.- The interview
As a kind of disclaimer I am going to begin this interview clarifying that we are fans of your creative activity. Erica, many thanks for accepting our invitation to be interviewed and share your insight about Steampunk, fine jewelry and music. It is a real pleasure for us!
Q.- Your most recent album, The Fires I Started, is the successful result of an outstanding Kickstarter funding campaign: you got more than three times the initial goal! I am one of the backers of the campaign and would like to congratulate you for this painfully beautiful bunch of songs, my favorite one is The Bridge. Are you satisfied with the feedback you are receiving?
A.- Yes, definitely! People seem to be loving it, and I myself am quite proud of the work. And the prouder I am of something, the more I can get behind it to promote it, and the more people will hear it!
Q.- May we expect some tour dates out of the USA?
A.- I would love to play overseas, but unless there are major events paying for my plane travel, it’s just not feasible at this time — I barely have enough fans to tour the US profitably.
Q.- Your works are very well accepted within the Steampunk scene. Why do you think this is happening? Would you describe your music as ‘Steampunk music’? Besides, what is Steampunk music?
A.- I talk about this a good deal in my tour documentary, Beautiful Fish. I make retrofuturistic music, which definitely has a place in steampunk worlds, in my opinion. I think the steampunk scene embraces me because I play so many steampunk conventions, and because I’ve played with a lot of explicitly steampunk bands, like Abney Park and Vernian Process.