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Lucia Cifarelli (born September 23, 1970) is an American musician, best known for her work with industrial band KMFDM. She was formerly the vocalist for the band Drill and also performed in KMFDM offshoots MDFMK, KGC, and Schwein.
Lucia Cifarelli in concert performing with KMFDM in July 2009 at the Castle Party.
|Born||September 23, 1970|
|Origin||Long Island, New York, United States|
|Genres||Industrial metal, industrial rock, alternative rock, hard rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, keyboard|
|Labels||Metropolis Records, KMFDM Records, Universal Records|
|Associated acts||KMFDM, Drill, MDFMK, KGC, Schwein|
Cifarelli got her start recording in studios in New York, eventually forming her own band, Drill, along with future Black Label Society bass guitarist John DeServio. Drill released one self-titled album, spawning two music videos and getting a third song featured in the movie Empire Records. Later in 1995, Drill opened for Stabbing Westward's Wither, Blister, Burn, and Peel Tour. The band broke up shortly after the end of the tour.
Cifarelli joined the KMFDM-hiatus band MDFMK in 2000. The project lasted for one self-titled album. In 2001, Cifarelli and Sascha Konietzko worked on the supergroup Schwein and its albums Schweinstein and the subsequent remix album Son of Schweinstein. After the MDFMK project was discontinued, Cifarelli was asked to return as a member of KMFDM. She has been a member of the band since 2002's Attak. She recorded one solo album, From the Land of Volcanos. One single off the album, "I Will", appeared on the American Pie 2 soundtrack. Cifarelli performed on the band KGC's 2006 album Dirty Bomb.
Lucia Cifarelli was raised in Long Island. She had one older sister, Leslie Cifarelli, who was an aspiring actress (Rent Control (1984 film)). According to herself, Cifarelli was an ordinary child and her parents knew she wouldn't pursue a career in science. Her only passion was singing. At first she showed no big talent, but determination big enough to overcome it. Leslie encouraged her to keep singing and in her early teens Cifarelli got a job to pay for her singing lessons with vocal coaches like Tania Travers.
When her sister was diagnosed with terminal illness, Cifarelli started expressing her inner anger and sorrow in her music, which led her to include various "primary growls" and screams in her songs. This singing technique was later associated with her, but Lucia never stopped experimenting.
In July 2005, she married KMFDM founder and producer Sascha Konietzko. They live in Hamburg, Germany, her husband's hometown. The couple has one daughter (Annabella Asia Konietzko, born February 14, 2008).