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INTERVIEW: KiD Zee

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very well thank you, busy. We recently had a concert at the Black Bear in Brooklyn with a successful first collaboration on stage with Brilliant Brooklyn based guitarist and singer song writer Shahar Mintz.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sylvia”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It began just with the name. Bizkel (drummer) came up to me one night at rehearsal and said: “Lets write a song about this girl, Sylvia; she’s alright, but not so great, actually…” We were still rehearsing in Williamsburg at the time; so while playing at the studio I started to try out some spontaneous phrases about a girl which is alright, but not so great, actually.

We moved on to work on other songs quite quick, so I took Sylvia home and together with Aaron, which was the lead guitarist of the band at the time (now plays bass), formed Sylvia into it’s more structured version.

While working on our record, Sylvia continued to go trough some minor changes, which formed her into the complex unreliable young woman that she is today.

What was it like to work with Shahar Mintz and how did that relationship develop?

Shachar is a scholar musician of extreme experience who played in numerous bands and projects over the course of 30 years. Having him on board for the recording of Sylvia was a true pleasure. It gave a kick to the whole experience.

I knew about Shahar before we personally met in New York because of him being a part of the famous Israeli Hip-Hop Funk band Hadag Nahash. In New York we met through mutual social circles of artists and friends.

On the week of the recordings of our first album, I invited Shahar to join us as a guitarist for one song, he accepted. The song ended up being Sylvia.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why did you name the album after the band?

I didn’t give it a lot of thought actually, so for now it’s self titled. It feels right in a way for the first album. Giving things a name seems to be a very extensive activity these days; I feel we might use a small break from it.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The lyrics are partly text and fragments of text and thought, which I have written through the years, and partly text which I have written in the course of the past 2 years, while we had already started to play.

Inspiration in this case would be something quite fluid; there were a lot of different elements, which lead to the current versions of our songs. The musicians in this band are highly skilled, so they were able to feed from primary musical ideas I had for the songs I wrote, and boost them into elements of full instrumental volume, whereas at the same time a few of the musical ideas were born while jamming freely at the studio, ideas which I later took home and continued to formulate, both lyric and structure wise, ideas which became solid after some back and forth process in the studio.

When we arrived at Vibromonk studios in Brooklyn to record the album with the brilliant sound engineer Dan Shatzki, the songs were already where they should have been; at that point.

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely, the plan is to tour the west coast this summer, starting mid July hopefully.

What else is happening next in KiD Zee’s world?

Working on our new music video for the song Speak Up, we were lucky to collaborate with the so called “Fish-walker”, a New York Figure which I encountered at 2014, this gentleman takes his gold fish for long walks in the streets of new york, with a special dolly which carries the fish in it’s fish bowl. The Fish-walker agreed to be filmed for our music video, so we are all very excited.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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