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INTERVIEW: Kill The Ideal

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

HEY! It’s great to be here! We’ve really good thank you. Super excited to see our new release finally out to the world!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Crazy”?

Yeah sure! So out of the whole EP, ‘Crazy’ was actually the last song we wrote and recorded. It was one of them where Ash had the idea, brought it to our studio and then straight away all 3 of us knew it had to be on the record.  We released a special lyric video of the track on the release day of the EP and the response to the single alone has been amazing!

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

I think talking about people in general here, I’m sure everyone has had that moment where they have been made to feel upset or hurt by someone else. Sometimes this results in us saying and doing things that aren’t normally in our nature. It’s about that moment in life where you’re capable of doing something a little crazy. I’m pretty sure all 3 of us have experienced that in the past!

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

For sure! We’re working hard behind the scene on this now. It’s such a good song to play live for us so we’re hoping to bring this energy to the video.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

This EP has taken over 2 years to complete which is a super long time for an EP. We just wanted to make sure it was a true representation of what Kill The Ideal are all about. With all the difficulties for rising bands its super hard to fund a record yourself, but that’s something we’ve done here.  We decided with keeping it self-titled because it felt right with what we went through and it’s a true starting point for what’s to come.

How was the recording and writing process?

We actually recorded this whole EP with Lower Than Atlantis’ guitarist and producer Ben Sansom. It was really special for us to head to their personal studio in Watford and work with someone who has a great understanding in our sound and our vision. It was also a super inspirational place to be, seeing all the LTA stuff hung up on the walls. I think it really inspired us to create something that could potentially take our small band to that next level.

What was it like to work with Ben Sansom and how did that relationship develop?

We have been fans of Lower Than Atlantis for a while now so it felt pretty surreal when we first started work with him but we soon developed a strong relationship. He pushed to get the best out of us and I really think that shows on this record. He also has a great producing ear when working with new ideas and developing the tracks. We now see him as a good friend and have already started working together on even more new material moving forward.

How much did he influence the album?

We already had the whole EP planned before we headed to the studio but he inspired us to add elements that really spiced up the new material! He explored new recording techniques and ideas with us as well to make it sound a little different from the straight forward rock record.  Hearing about what he’s personally been through and his advice from his LTA days really helped and inspired the record as well.

What personal and emotional experiences did you get to explore on this record?

We were originally a 4-piece before this record but we parted ways with our previous guitarist. This meant that we had to re-invent our sound so that it suited a 3-piece. It was a really hard time for us to push through and actually daunting as it was something we weren’t used to. I think looking back at it we’re now in an even better position and we’re super hyped for the future. It brought the 3 of us closer and again it pushed us as friends and musicians.

Any plans to hit the road?

So many plans! First up we play 2Q Festival this weekend along with Arcane Roots, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Xcerts more. This will actually be our first show since the release of the record. We also have an EP release show on the 31st October that is now close to selling out which is great! We plan to have a heavy year of touring in 2018 and hope to see as many places as possible.

What else is happening next in Kill The Ideal’s world?

At the minute we’re quite busy pushing the EP and making plans to tour it as much as possible and we’re just enjoying having the record out there. We don’t plan on slowing down any time soon! We don’t want to give people the chance to forget our name and it’s important for us to keep this momentum going! We have a few things in our bag that we can’t quite announce just yet!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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