Ethan Kath

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Ethan Kath
Ethan Kath, Popped Music Festival.jpg
Ethan Kath performing with Crystal Castles at the Popped! Music Festival.
Background information
Birth name Claudio Paolo Palmieri
Born (1982-12-25) 25 December 1982 (age 33)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electronic, noise, experimental, dream pop, shoegazing, indietronica, synthpop, punk rock, heavy metal, lo-fi, IDM, witch house
Instruments Various
Years active 2000–Present
Associated acts Crystal Castles, Kill Cheerleader, Die Mannequin, Jakarta

Ethan Kath (born Claudio Paolo Palmieri 25 December 1982)[1][2][3][4] is the songwriter and producer of Crystal Castles.

Rolling Stone Magazine named Crystal Castles the #1 Icons of 20 Years of Lollapalooza.[5] Ethan Kath and his band Crystal Castles received the John Peel Award For Innovation at the 2011 NME Awards.[6] His debut album with the band Crystal Castles was included in NME's "Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade" list at #39.[7]


Kath was born to Italian parents in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to Crystal Castles, Kath played different instruments in many bands. Aged 15 he played drums in Jakarta, an anarchist-hardcore band. Later, he was the bassist in a garage-metal band called Kill Cheerleader.[8] He was also in a 2-piece folk band which ended in tragedy with the death of his friend and band mate, Pino Placentile. All 3 Crystal Castles albums are dedicated to Pino Placentile.[9]

Crystal Castles are known for the elusiveness of their off-stage lives and identities. Kath is routinely photographed wearing hoodies which obscure some or all of his face and has gone by a number of different aliases over the years.[9]


  1. ^ "BMI Repertoire - Songwriter/Composer: PALMIERI CLAUDIO PAOLO". BMI. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  2. ^ Lindsay, Cam (7 March 2008). "Secret Identity of Crystal Castles' "Ethan" Revealed!". Exclaim. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Beason, Andrew (1 November 2012). "Crystal Castles Make the Ballroom Bounce". Vancouver Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Errett, Joshua (27 April 2009). "Caring for Castles". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Lollapalooza Through the Years". Celebs. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Crystal Castles get John Peel Award For Innovation at Shockwaves NME Awards". Celebs. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Magazine, NME. "The Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade". NME. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  8. ^ Magazine, SPIN. "Kill Cheerleader". SPIN. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Crystal Castles Interview, mp3s, secret show!". Sparks vs Space blog. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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