Interview with Kill City Kills

1) Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?

Hi there! Kill City Kills was released worldwide in September of 2018. We all are friends and bandmates like forever: Ellis (vocals) and Nikki (guitars) were playing together in Striplette 9 years ago, and Ellis was in several bands with Andrew (drums) for 5 years. Three of us gathered together in 2017 and we started jamming together and came up with the idea of Kill City Kills – the band where we will play raw heavy metal with attitude. And here we are.

2) Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

Kill City Kills or KCK has no exact meaning in our case. We wanted the bandname that will represent our music and image the best way, that will unite the rebel spirit with relentless melodic riffing bloody mess. And we think we succeed haha. Speaking of genres, there was no problem of choice. We played everything from electronic to metalcore and alternative, but this time we knew that KCK will be heavy metal band with no compromise, taking no prisioners. Loud and reckless.

3) What can you tell us about your latest record?

The last record is the EP “Straight from the Heart of Nowhere”. It contains 4 songs – the first ones that we’ve made as a band together. It was kinda consistant to pick those songs to start the KCK story with those tracks. Self-recorded and self-produced, mixed by Stacy O’Dell (USA). Currently, we have lots of new songs, but those are the beginning of our journey.

4) What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?.

Trying not to make any expectations, we just do the best we can with our music. Our fans are the best. We recieved so many cool reviews for our EP and music video. Whats more, we have loads of new KCK stuff that will blow their minds. Exciting! We like our haters too. I mean in 2019 it’s funny when some random dude points a finger on long haired guys, but we were surprised when such people still exist haha.

5) Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?

World tour sounds awesome! And we definetely gonna do this! We used to tour with our past bands and it’s kinda tough and needs good management and planning. Everything is possible, and modern age thrives with opportunities. It’s an option if you are ready to work hard from every beginning. If you are in great demand things get a little easier. KCK is pretty young band, but we are aiming high. And we just can’t wait to meet our fans around the globe!

6) Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

First of all, we do believe in heavy music. It’s the major part in people’s lives and it has to be appreciated. Heavy music scene is a buisness, and like any other buisness it implies monesy turnover. Good show costs money, album recording costs money etc. Music industry works well when fans support their artists.

7) What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

There’s nothing bad in music sharing. Modern times show us how important the fan support is. We believe, that today’s listeners feel more responsibe for their choise. Lots of streaming servises like Apple Music, Spotify etc. give you an opportunity to listen to almost any track. And if you really like it and want to support an artist you can buy it. In one hand, it makes musicians work hard on their material. In other hand, it makes difficult earning money on your recordings. We gave away our physical copies of EP to our fans for their activity and support. Our music is free for streaming, but fans buy it anyway to support the band. It’s fantastic!

8) Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?

Well, there’re so many bands and musicians. Since childhood we were influenced by wast range of bands from Guns N’Roses and Crue to Children of Bodom and P.Roach. Scandinavian rock and metal scene has the special place in our hearts, as well as classic rock and heavy metal. KCK is just in the beginning of its journey and everything is possible. All of us have some experience behind our backs and it gives KCK some extra powers to make it to the top.

9) Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?

No, we don’t. And sometimes we feel sorry for that. Because we have to learn a lot of things now by the process. Education would make it easier. But it’s not obligatory. By the way, according to our observations, music education sometimes kills eagerness and desire for music in young kids. The desicion to go to music school has to be reasonable.

10) How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

It’s pretty easy – music comes first. Anywhay, we strive for harmony between major parts of our lives. But music comes first haha.

11) How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Mistakes during a show! It’s funny to handle with such stuff. And crowd likes it when you face it with a smile and handle it. Once on a gig occured some issues with mic line. Ellis conducted the crowd to sing along. And it was a blast! We feel nervous before a perfomance and it’s cool. It tickles nerves, awakens the instinct. What a feeling!

12) What’s next? Thank you!

Next, we are going to re-release our EP Straight from the Heart of Nowhere on Sliptrick Records and more music from Kill City Kills. We have some plans for the autumn of 2019 and you better be there. We are ready to show you how we grow up as a band. New tracks are almost ready and they sound killer. Damn, just can’t wait to relese it. Thank your the interview! Enjoyed it. Horns up!