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INTERVIEW: Kalo

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

Terrific! Releasing a new album is always a rush and very rewarding.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Wild Change”?

It’s the title track off the album, and we think it captures the spirit of what we wanted to do with this project. It’s a mantra.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The rhythm has this old blues feel, and I was playing this lick on the guitar. My manager, who also co-writes with me sometimes, said it had this chain gang feeling. So it turned into an anthem cry for Wild Change. For the wish to be free.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Of course. Coming soon!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Because after the song took me, so did its mantra. The need for something inspiring and different. For a Wild Change.

Why taking so long on releasing this material?

Well, we’ve been out on the road playing and touring, released a live album (Live in NYC in 2016) and recorded this at a pace we felt comfortable with.

How was the recording and writing process?

Every song was different for the album. For the title track, it was a guitar lick that took root. It was almost entirely written in the studio and Mack McKinney (bass) and Mike Alexander (drums) just rolled with it and really dug into the sound. We refined the structure with the help of Trent Bell at Bell Labs in Norman, Okla. He really worked with us on getting the sound and feel where we wanted it to be. The rest of the tracks on the album were delivered in different ways. Some we perfected playing on the road, others, like “Wild Change” more so in the studio.

How has Israel influenced your music?

As an Israeli, I grew up straddling two worlds. I loved the music of the U.S. and yearned to play it, but my roots are in the music and culture of Israel. Israelis are passionate people, drawing from many, many cultures. That all runs through me, colors my blood as well as my art.

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

So many places. So many things I was feeling and experiencing at the time. From being away from home to being lovelorn to feeling exuberant. We’re not always sure what drives us to write a song but it’s a spiritual process and sometimes things are just handed down to you.

Any plans to hit the road?

Of course. I’m always on the road. But we’ve got lots of shows to support this album from the Midwest to the South to the Northeast.

What else is happening next in KALO’s  world?

Shows, videos, creating. A new album is already cooking.

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