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Interview w/ The Kollektive
What first got you into music?
KillJoy - Growing up, my father and step-grandfather were musicians and were always in different bands. So it was always sort of just there. My first concert was Motley Crue, on the Carnival of Sins tour in '05. That was the moment that I knew what I wanted to do.
Khaos: Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kid Rock got me into music. They all looked cool except Kid Roc. But whatever. Haha
Addikt: My step dad playing guitar when I was child. Made me wanna play, to be "cool".
Karnage: The double bass Parts in Metallica's one and Tool's Schism.
Cynic: Watching my dad and sister play guitar. And listening to rock music.
What is your creative process like?
KillJoy: Musically, I typically start with a guitar riff and write a drum part for it. Then I go back and forth with transitions and whatnot until it feels complete.
Lyrically, it's all about what's really bothering me at the time. I start with mumbling melodies and place words from there. More or less, everything I do is about venting. Every riff came from a moment of disparity for me. I don't ever sit down and play, just because it's fun any more. It's the only catharsis that has never failed me. I don't mean that as dark and brooding as it sounds. Haha
I did all of this upcoming EP myself and taught the guys the songs. The next one will be a lot more eclectic. You will truly get to witness a piece of each of us.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
KillJoy: As far as big names? J Loren, from Hurt would probably be my first choice. Landon Tewers, of The Plot In You would be a super close second. And Corey Taylor would be third. I don't think I need to tell anyone who he is. Haha
Locally that's a tough question, because there is really so much talent in this area (Winston Salem, NC). I'm all about some genre bending and I've been looking to get in to the Trap-Metal game for quite a while. I'd love to do something dark with a local rap artist, like Frio Koldd, or Tony Baggz.
Staying in my lane, I'd like to work with James Legion, of Cultus Black. Being in a very similar vein, I think we could really shake some people up.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
KillJoy: Probably Slipknot. Because visually, it makes the most sense. And I believe a good portion of Slipknot fans would certainly enjoy what The Kollektive brings to the table. And if I had a dollar for every time someone told me that a song gives them a "Slipknot vibe" I'd have at least a solid $20.
Khaos: I would love to open for John Mayer, of course. Or Opeth, depending on the genre.
Addikt: Coheed and Cambria, for sure.
Karnage: Black Dahlia Murder
Cynic: Tenacious D
How did ya’ll meet?
KillJoy: Well, Addikt and I had an early start. Our fathers played in a band together for a while. So that was how we initially met, but we didn't really get close until almost 7 years later. Haha
Karnage actually reached out to me about playing drums, when I first started this as a solo project.
I met Khaos through a mutual friend and we bonded over hair metal. I conned him in to joining two weeks before my debut solo show and he's stuck with me ever since. Haha
I actually didn't even know Cynic played when we first met. He came out to play guitar for another artist and two songs in I ran over, grabbed Addikt and said, "WE NEED HIM!" His energy was insane and he was already performing with a mask. It was one of those things that felt like it was just meant to be.
Explain how you came up with your band name?
KillJoy: Initially we all just performed under my name/moniker. After the first couple of shows, it felt selfish and not inclusive enough for what I wanted to accomplish. I write these songs for two reasons.
One, to get out of my own head.
Two, I want people to understand that we must constantly work on ourselves. The songs bleed the negative things that I've done and been through. It's my way of showing people that they are not alone. It's okay to have those negative/intrusive thoughts. It's about how we handle them. What we do with that energy in the real world. And we don't have to do it by ourselves. It's easy to feel isolated and alone (I'll save the quarantine jokes for another time). But the majority of us have people that care. They may not be the ones we want. It may even be someone you barely know. But people care about your place in this world.
The Kollektive is about community and comradery. In the future, I'll be setting up help groups and such amongst us. So that we can truly support one another. Even strangers can be bonded through music
We are one.
We are The Kollektive.
What was the best concert you’ve seen and why?
KillJoy: That previously mentioned Motley Crue show definitely takes the #1 spot. Everything about the production of that performance was magnificent.
The only comparable act I've seen since, was actually Lindsey Sterling. If you've never seen one of her shows, do yourself the favor.
Khaos: Uhm. S*it, the symphonies I've been to were so elegant and tight, so that was dope. But other than that, Lettuce Funk Band.
Addikt: Coheed and Cambria GAIBSIV Neverender tour. The energy there was outstanding. The crowd singing along to every word still gives me chills to this day. The love and connection I felt there was and will always be one of the greatest days of my life. Plus, Coheed just kill it. Incredible musicians.
Karnage: The Black Dahlia Murder at the old Ziggy's. It was around 2006. It was awesome because I got to hang out and drink cold beers with Trevor Strand of The Black Dahlia Murder stage side while watching The Haunted play.
Cynic: Tom Petty, because the people in the crowd knew and sang along with every single song he played.
What is the most useless talent you have?
KillJoy: Probably being a musician. Hahaha
Khaos: Useless talent? Uhm. I don't know. All my talents are important.
Addikt: I beatbox and juggle...
Karnage: I can do the most annoying sound in the world Screech from Dumb and Dumber. Lol
Cynic: I know how to use a rotary phone.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
KillJoy: So I'll probably catch a lot of flak for this, but I'm that 1% of the population does not ever sing in the shower. I don't know why. I'll lip-sync like a mo-fo, but it's just never been my thing.
Addikt: I don't, actually. I usually contemplate the day, the stars and the food I ate. Food is life.
Cynic: Definitely singing in the shower. Probably some Bill Withers, or random jingles I've gotten stuck in my head.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
The two most inspiring to me at the moment are Landon Tewers and Tom MacDonald.
Landon just has such a creative and obscure mind. And what he's done with The Plot In You and his solo music has been so well thought out. Handling more than one project on a professional level is so much more demanding than people realize. I just hope to achieve that level of commitment and creativity at some point.
Tom MacDonald is outstanding on the social front. People like to interpret things their own way and being controversial puts him in a bad light with a lot of people that don't take any time to listen to the message an artist is actually trying to send. The man has never strayed from his vision. He has never apologized for what he's said. He tackles social issues head-on. And to have done everything for himself from the ground up? How can that not inspire people.
I probably should have put him on that list of people I'd like to work with. Haha
Addikt: Dave Grohl for his fuck you attitude towards most things and just being an overall badass. Plus he's a multi instrumentalist which is a big thing in my eyes.
Cynic: I'd say Dave Grohl and Corey Taylor because of there personality and love of music.
But yeah Dave Grohl is the shit, I had a dream we ripped a bong together lol
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
KillJoy - Legally, I got in trouble for posession with intent to sell several years ago. Never got charged though.
Personally, probably when I was like, 7 years old. I was playing outside, trying to balance a shovel in the air. My younger sister, who was maybe 3 at the time kept coming over and messing with me while I was doing this, despite repeatedly being told to stay away. But I guess what do you expect from a sibling?
BUT eventually, while I've been trying to balance this shovel (obviously with no success), it falls and comes down clean across the bridge of my sister's nose.
First off, let me tell you how my whole 7 years flashed before my eyes in that moment. She starts screaming bloody murder. I already know my whole life is about to end.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
So my sister runs in and tells my mom that I hit her in the face with a shovel. LIKE I DID IT ON PURPOSE.
My ass got sparta kicked off that porch so fast. And my sister never even admitted it was an accident until I was 20.
Khaos: The most trouble I've gotten in was getting kicked out of school for smoking weed.
Addikt: Charged with Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering when I was 20, spent 120 days in jail. Not fun.
Karnage: I would say the worst personal trouble I've been in was being friends and living with Pazuzu. The worst legal trouble was when I was 14. That was assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious bodily harm.
I beat up the guy who had been bullying me all through high school with a baseball bat. Lol
Cynic: Nothing gets you in more trouble than leaving the toilet seat up.