Date of Interview: 05/08/2008
© 2008 Clayton Perry
How Kerli Kõiv—a blonde-haired singer from Estonia—landed an audition with L. A. Reid is beyond comprehension. Her debut album, Love is Dead, however, will make the world readily welcome similar cases of happenstance.
Few artists leave a lasting impression, especially on their major label debut, but Kerli’s coming is seven years in the making. Like its artist, Love is Dead is daring, edgy and beautifully creepy, and with an uncanny sense of confidence, Kerli boldly shares the struggles and triumphs of a complicated life. Even when embracing the dark, Kerli shines bright—giving hope that love, in due course, can resurrect from an unfortunate death.
Upon review of Love is Dead, Kerli managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on her love of tattoos, “Butterfly Cry,” and her native country of Estonia.