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 34)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electronic, noise, experimental, dream pop, shoegazing, indietronica, synthpop, punk rock, heavy metal, electropunk, 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 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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