RECORD LABEL: Urban Yeti Records
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HOW DID YOUR FANS RESPOND TO YOUR ALBUM RECON RELEASED IN 2011?
I think they responded quite well! Since it was our debut album, most of them were initially people we knew but it was exciting to watch the album help us to grow.
We got great reviews from all the metal magazines and websites as well so it was a great start to our career.
WHAT'S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
Our fans are awesome! We haven't had any really bad experiences. Probably the craziest thing We’ve had happen recently a bad ass named Jonathan just got our Brand tattooed on his arm! Other than that, it's been amazing to go to cities we've never been in and have people singing our lyrics back to us. That’s crazy amazing to me.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Each of us have different influences that are in all different genres. The bands and artists that were a big inspiration while writing our new album are Byzantine, Lamb of God, The Haunted, Pantera, Yelawolf, Pro-Pain, Periphery and Gojira.
WHAT BRAND INTERMENTS DO YOU USE?
Eric plays Godin Guitars, Blackstar Amps and DR Strings Rob plays Ernie Ball Music Man basses, Ernie Ball strings and Ampeg amps
I sing with Sennheiser mics
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE CONCERT MEMORY?
We were very fortunate to be able to open for Danzig at the Hammerstein ballroom here in NYC. It was sold out so we walked on to stage in front of 2,500 people. That was insane. There were so many people I didn't even know where to look. The stage was so big I kept running out of breath trying to cover it all while singing.
A close second to that was playing Slum fest with Yelawolf. We were the only metal band on the festival and it was really cool to be able to connect with people who would probably never listen to metal otherwise.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE MISTAKES DURING YOUR PERFORMANCE?
I just push right through them. They're going to happen so you can't let it trip you up. I usually make mistakes because I lose focus, which is easy to do when you've played a song tons of times. I think it just comes with the territory. The band is super tight so it just takes me a second to get back on track.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME AND LOGO?
The band name came out of a conversation between our old drummer and guitarist. The guitarist was throwing out ideas like I, Conqueror and I, Destroyer and the drummer just looked at him and said nah man, I kill ya. That was kind of it. As soon as he said it we all knew that was the name. The logo which spells out the name IKILLYA was designed by Tom Gordon who's an awesome Gartist from the UK. The logo which our brand uses was designed by K3n Adams who did the album packaging for our last album Vae Victis. He came up with the idea while taking pictures of the crown that's on the cover of the album from different directions. It incorporates the letters I, K and Y into a partial chaos-star.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
The new album is a definite growth from our first 2. We are all very excited about growing together as musicians and exploring new ways to compose and deliver music that is metal We're playing with timing and tone a lot on the new album and I think you will see even more of that in future albums.
Eric is a consummate student and is always learning about new approaches and new techniques. For instance, he's a big proponent of microtonal notes and we found some fun places to include them in the new album.
I expect we I'll do lots more of that in the future. It will still all be heavy, we’re just always trying to find new ways to be heavy.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL KNOWN EACH OTHER? HOW DID YOU MEET?
Eric and I met in 2007 when we both showed up to sing back-up vocals on a Dream Theater album. They posted publicly that you could come to a studio in Manhattan at a specific time to be a part of it. They were very clear that you were supposed to stand on one side of the street and not the other.
Eric and I were 2 of about 5 people who followed the rules but then we got screwed when they let in the 80 or so other people who didn't follow the rules instead of us. We kind of bonded over that and while we were standing there talking I found out he played guitar. He played with us for a few months but then quit to go to college.
After college he came to a show when I just so happened to be looking for a new guitarist. It was a natural fit and I don’t think there’s a better guitarist out there for my style. Rob joined the band right as we were heading out on tour with Battlecross in 2014. I think we met via a craigslist ad. He clicked almost immediately and has been an excellent complement to Eric.
TELL US A RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FANS DON’T KNOW?
When I was a kid one of my favourite TV shows was a cartoon called MASKand my favourite character drove a Camaro who’s door opened up gullwing and then the car could fly. That's super random. HA!
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAYED ON STAGE?
My first time on stage with a band was my high school talent show. My band was called Youngblood and we covered Alien Nation by the Scorpions. We had two singers though because I was afreshman and there was a junior who wanted to sing also and since he was older, I couldn’t make it just be me. I had my mom take me to buy a bunch of dry ice so we could have smoke effects and I put pieces in empty butter tubs all around the stage. Then we told the lighting guy to make the background lights green and use flashes of white. The problem was he didn’t light our faces so we just looked like black blobs against a green wall with lightly smoking butter tubs all around us. It was supper lame. I loved it though. Never looked back.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL SPOT YOU'VE PLAYED A GIG?
The most unusual place I have played is probably at a city fair when I was 18. Everyone was there to watch fireworks and they had to listen to my metal band. I think it was the first show we had done with that line up also so no one knew who we were and we weren’t very good. I remember we got really mad at our bassist because he was more concerned about looking cool and punching his bass then playing the right notes. We fired him pretty soon after that.
WHO WRITES THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND OR DO YOU ALL WRITE IT TOGETHER?
We all write together. It usually starts with a few ideas from Eric but wearrange them together inour studio. I write the lyrics by myself, but
I’m always open to suggestions on them, and the timing or melody from the guys. I think that the best way to get truly original music is to have input from everyone. It's exciting to have a song turn out completely different than where you thought it was going when you started.
COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC MAKING PROCESS?
I don’t like to force myself to write lyrics. When something inspires me, I write it down. Then every once in a while, I go back and tweak and work on the ideas. As Hemming way said Write drunk, edit sober. I don’t always write intoxicated (though I have) but I like the idea of just
Allowing yourself to write down exactly how you feel when you're inspired. Then you leave it alone and come back to it says or weeks later and edit it with a clear mind.
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU SIGN ABOUT IN YOUR MUSIC?
The first two albums have all been about personal experiences, or things that we go through as humans, even if they’re not things I went through. On this new album though I really wanted to push myself and start writing about things outside of me, Things that have value and need to be addressed. There are still some songs about myself or what the band is going through, but there are also songs speaking out against rape, racism and people who would use their interpretation of a religion to justify hurting or killing other people. I want to really say something, and I am pushing myself as a lyricist to do so.
AS WE ARE PROMOTING YOUR BAND, IS THERE ANYTHING COMING UP LIKE ALBUM LAUNCHES OR TOUR DATES YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PROMOTE ON OUR SITE FOR YOU?
Were extremely excited to be releasing our new album War for an Idea on Urban, I am Recording it on the 2nd of June. Our new music video for the song Your God just premiered at MetalSucks.net, which is the first single from that album. Check it out here:
You can pre-order the album and exclusive bundles at IKILLYA.com and we’
I will be announcing touring throughout the rest of the year very soon!