Music Ari Mihalopoulos, guitarist for Otep. Juice file photo.

Ari Mihalopoulos, guitarist for Otep. Juice file photo.

Three Questions with Ari Mihalpoulos

Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Ari Mihalopoulos, 37, is the guitarist for Otep, performing at 6 p.m. Monday at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St.

Q: How did you end up playing with Otep?

We first met opening for her on our first tour as newly signed Victory Records bands in 2009. We quickly bonded over love of philosophy and fitness. In 2011 she needed an entirely new band and asked if Destrophy would act as her backup band. I’ve been playing with her since then and wrote and performed much of the album, “Hydra.”

Q: What’s currently going on with Destrophy? Are you doing any studio work or are there any shows planned?

I have been busy working as a tour manager for other bands or running sound or working with Otep so I haven’t had any free time to do anything else.

Q: How does playing in someone else’s band compare to fronting your own?

Different responsibilities — one is about finding your own vision and the other is helping someone realize theirs. As a producer, it’s natural for me to be a conduit for other people’s musical aspirations, so it was an easy transition.

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