"Aliki is one of, if not THE most proficient teacher for rock/pop/distortion I know globally." — Matthew Johnson, Voice Teacher, New York Vocal Coaching
"The Duchess of Distortion, the Goddess of Grit... Aliki Katriou, best heavy metal distortion voice teacher in the game!" — Ian Temple, AllVoice Media, Los Angeles, California
"Aliki was definitely what I needed to improve my screaming technique and to be able to tour extensively with my band." — Giulian (Italy), vocalist of Epic Black Metal band Scuorn
Photo credit: Bram Dewijngaert
Aliki's YouTube Channel
My YouTube channel is where I upload vocal tutorials, song covers and other short videos on singing. As teaching and singing in my band comprise my full time job, I do not upload regularly. Still, I work hard to provide good content and respond to questions in the comments section. Check out my YouTube channel for a good sense of my approach to singing topics and an idea of how I teach.
My channel currently has tutorial series aimed at complete beginners & intermediate students wanting to learn or improve their false vocal fold and fry distortions.
If there are any other tutorials you would love to see on the channel, please leave a comment or send me a message letting me know!
My channel features vocal covers of songs I love.
I always include captions that state what I am doing technically in relation to voice. I try to feature fellow musicians on my vocal covers, so they take longer to make but the music is fantastic and is being played by real humans!
Aliki is a human with a love for singing in all its varieties, especially extreme vocals. A soprano, she started classical singing lessons at age 16, which she continues to this day. Realizing early on that classical technique couldn't produce some tones that interested her, Aliki took contemporary singing lessons in a variety of styles and trained as a singing teacher. She has an extensive knowledge of classical technique, contemporary styles and extreme vocals. Since 2013, she has been teaching voice to students from around the globe in many different genres.
Aliki is known as the vocalist and lyricist for her band; Eight Lives Down, as well as the critically acclaimed Greek metal project Desolate Plains. In addition, she is the lyricist and female voice for Tattered Pages and AKKT. To date, she has released 6 albums with these bands, and her vocals have been featured on numerous other tracks.
As a graduate from one of the world's leading vocal studios, New York Vocal Coaching, Aliki trained their vocal coaches on distortions, and was the guest speaker Distortion Specialist at their Teacher Training courses. She studied as an advanced voice teacher with world-renowned authors Dr. Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher of Vocal Process and has taught Master Classes on distortion at music schools in the US, UK and Europe.
Constantly expanding her knowledge on voice, Aliki has trained in Vocal Massage and Laryngeal Manipulation with Stephen King and Walt Fritz. In 2023, she completed the full pathway of 'Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist' with Dr Jenevora Willams, Stephen King and the team from Vocal Health Education.
Drawing from her broad knowledge and experience as a metal singer, Aliki is proud to provide a safe space for singers who have sustained injuries and help them regain the confidence and skills needed to continue their careers.
Check out Aliki's band:
"Working with Aliki was definitely what I needed to improve my screaming technique and to be able to tour extensively with my band. Learning how to properly use the false chords, the breathing, as well as building my warming up routine with her prevented me from getting injured and allowed me to deliver every single night! Definitely what you are looking for if you are into extreme metal singing."
— Giulian (Italy), vocalist of Epic Black Metal band Scuorn
Interviews, Podcasts, Chats
"In this episode, John talks with Aliki Katriou, who has extensive knowledge of classical technique, and contemporary styles and is world-renowned for her expertise with “extreme” vocals, about what singing with distortion is and how to start to introduce this technique into your singing."
"Extreme vocals fall under a vague umbrella, like most other things in singing. They might fit under the heading of extended vocal techniques. They’re the unnatural noises that most singing teachers don’t want to hear. Some people would say that whistling and yodeling fall under extreme vocals..."
"I love Humans, and I’m not talking about the primate species. ‘Humans’ is the new album by Extreme Metal band, Eight Lives Down. The band, formed by Greek-Kiwi vocalist, Aliki Katriou, released their debut album in September. We had the chance to chat with Aliki about her band’s new album and other things. We also listened to ‘Humans’ and wrote a review."
"A career switch can be of benefit fror a band when they discover that the start was not the solution for a successful career. London based EIGHT LIVES DOWN may have launched such a career switch when you compare their first EP ‘May Cause Death’ with the debut album ‘Humans’, that will be out on Septmeber 5Tth through the independent Cult Of Parthenope label. We tried to find out why and asked singer Aliki Katriou about the EP and the new album…"
All-Voice Media Podcast
"3 episodes with the great Aliki Katriou, best heavy metal distortion voice teacher in the game!
1. The Duchess of Distortion, the Goddess of Grit, Aliki Katriou, one of the best distortion technique singing teachers in the world, and frontbabe for Eight Lives Down. In this episode we have an exciting look into how Aliki became interested in singing and teaching, what it's like being a female metal singer (not easy) and where she finds inspiration on a daily basis.
2. Learn how to activate the Cricothyroids to sing like Kurt and Axl, how singing past the 5th octave makes you sound like a toilet bowl of death, and the first 2 of the 7 different kinds of rasp.
3. Deep dive on physiology, what Tibetan Throat Singing can teach you, why Aliki always makes nice with sound techs and the SM58, Death Core vs. Black Metal vs. Death Metal technique, overtones, and sweet, demonic UNDERTONES!
METAL FEMALE VOICES COMMUNITY MAGAZINE
Interview with Aliki from page 6!
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