One of Denmark’s best upcoming rappers is Karlita MC, aka Alvarado. We recently connected with her at an unlikely IT party where she did an impromptu live set, laying it down for the programmers and coders before we interviewed her in an Uber on our way to a show.
Interview by Polina Bachlakova – originally printed in Bitchslap 27 in November 2017
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on stage?
Hmm. I generally hate when someone in the crowd thinks they can get on stage with me when I’m doing my thing. A reoccurring thing is another female artist thinking they can shine with me in the middle of my set. One incident was when a chick came up and just stood there waiting for me to pass her the mic, and I kept pushing her to the side. The crowed seemed hyped about it and that’s what made it awkward, ‘cause it was such bad timing for me. She didn’t really get it until my friends handled it for me. But she apologised the next day and we’re cool now.
Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever played a show?
One time me and the CART Records gang rode a bus for four hours somewhere in the Balkans in minus degrees to an abandoned school where the “greenroom” was the janitor’s room and under construction, meaning no furniture except for one bucket to sit on. The promoter wanted to pay us in cocaine, instead of the amount of money we had agreed upon before arriving. He seemed so surprised that we said no thank you. We killed the show tho!
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I used to want to play in the WNBA…before I met Mary Jane.
What was the last song you listened to?
Dom Kennedy – Dominic pt. 2
What are your pet peeves?
Here come the hip hop purists to ruin the day by giving me their negative opinions about what I like. Let people enjoy things, geez.
What’s a weird habit of yours you don’t usually tell people about?
I’m so scared of traffic. I could stand and wait for a car to pass even though I could have crossed five times.
What will you be doing in 30 years?
Supporting the youth.
What’s worse: a man bun or a goatee?
Easy. Man bun.
Which hipster trend needs to die?
I’ve seen guys decorating their beards with flowers and jewellery on Instagram, and it’s the corniest thing ever. Off with their heads!
How would you describe your personality in one sentence?
The introverted outrovert.
What do you do when you’re hungover?
I do my very best at trying not to exist in the physical world—aka, Netflix and chill.
What’s the sexiest dairy product?
Dulce de leche! Thank me later.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Nail polish. People who know me, know.
What was the last thing you talked to your mum about?
Sunny California. We’re going in December to visit the family.
Tell us about playing Roskilde Festival.
That was my most memorable gig this year. I think I’ve heard more people tell me that they heard me for the first time at Roskilde Festival, and overall it was a fun day hanging out with all the girls.
What’s your pre-show routine or ritual?
It depends. Sometimes I don’t have time; if I’m rushing to a show then I just come in and go jump on stage. But usually I need at least 10 minutes of alone time, where I do some breathing exercises. Then I take a shot of dark liquor, and then me and my DJ hype each other up.
Listen to her 6 track ep here: