Karina DePiano is a Los Angeles-based pop keyboardist and musical director. She currently performs with Troye Sivan. She spent the latter half of 2015 touring the U.S. and Asia with Rita Ora. In 2014, Karina toured with Bad Things, a band that boasts double-Olympian Shaun White as one of its guitarists. The band supported Phantogram in the southeastern U.S. and Thirty Seconds To Mars in Romania, Russia, Estonia, and France. In June of 2014, Karina was the musical director for vocalist Tricia Tahara-Stoller for a show at the Catalina Jazz Club that featured Ndugu Chancler, Alphonso Johnson, and Patrice Rushen. Karina has also recently performed with pop act Megan Nicole, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, and at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Karina’s playing style has always been heavily influenced by R&B, funk, and pop acts such as Stevie Wonder and Prince. She credits her experience at USC’s Pop Program as the most valuable foundation to her career.
We chatted with Karina about how she’s using the Prophet-6.
What made you choose the Prophet-6?
“A friend recommended the Prophet-6 to me and I tested it out and fell in love with its layout and sound capabilities.”
How are you using it?
“I’m using it in a live performance setting. The Prophet-6 is the foundation for the majority of songs in Troye’s set, given the dreamy, electro-pop nature of his songs. The Prophet gives me the ability to harness that ethereal vibe.“
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
“I love that everything you need is right there on the front panel. There are no hidden menus or anything. Sounds are ready to be transformed from the moment you turn it on.”
What does it give you that other instruments might not?
“I find the natural warmth behind every sound I create is unique to the Prophet-6. Many synths give you grit, which is nice, but the Prophet-6 provides the smoothest landscape for pads and supporting sounds, but still has the ability to cut through and take the lead.”
Any interesting tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
“I can’t take credit for it, but my friend, colleague, and mentor, Mike Schmid, came up with a giant cutoff knob you’ve probably seen in some of my photos. Using that with the Prophet-6 has been glorious!“
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