Terry Hastings
Krystofer Do Credit: Terry Hastings

One of the Coachella Valley’s most frequently gigging musicians is singer/keyboardist Krystofer Do. He has played at many of the valley’s venues (often without much in the way of clothing), and was regularly performing at Stacy’s in downtown Palm Springs before the shutdown. Do brings a unique spin to classic songs and his own brand of R&B music. His latest single, “Soul,” is an ’80s-style track about addiction that features some fantastic synth and vocal lines. Do is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Rodney Atkins at the Date Festival. I never thought my first concert would be a country artist!

What was the first album you owned?

Michael Jackson’s Number Ones. I was obsessed for years.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Phantogram, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Lizzo! I mean, she’s got a great voice, but I’m just not crazy about her music.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Hands down, Michael Jackson.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

The song Justin Bieber has where he says “yum yum.” Hate that one part, but love everything else.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Palm Canyon Roadhouse locally, but if I can brag, I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and that takes the cake.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“You wanna say so,” from Doja Cat’s song “Say So.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Michael Jackson. He was a true entertainer, and he was good at it. He innovated pop music, and it’s hard to “innovate” pop, since it’s normally associated with trends. He made those trends, and that’s what I aspire to do.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask my favorite band, Phantogram, how they achieve the “dirty” sound in their productions so I could try emulating some of it. I love their music production.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I’d love “Fragments of Time” by Daft Punk to be played at my funeral. It has a very positive message and celebrates memory, which is what I’d want.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Dangerous album by Michael Jackson. It’s perfect to me—the rhythm, the music and the imagery. He was inspired by new jack swing, which was a genre of electronic music inspired by African rhythms, and they were perfect to dance to.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Everyone should listen to “Papercut” by Zedd. It’s a beautiful, meaningful song from Zedd’s True Colors album. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...