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INTERVIEW: Handsome Karnivor

How would you classify your music? 

Like Black Sabbath met The Doors at a Neil Young Concert. You could say its rock n’ roll with spoken word poetry, infused in an unconventional way to keep you listening. Someone called it “it’s like pouring new wine into old bottles.”

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

·       Black Sabbath

·       Pink Floyd

·       Prince

·       Diary of Dreams

·       Imogen Heap

What do you want fans to take from your music? 

At the end of the day, it’s all about the experience you get when listening to music. Music is one of the most powerful forms of communication to one’s soul and one of the most underrated forms of healing. We hope the music runs through your mind and makes you think, feel inspired, or cause emotion.

How’s the music scene in your locale? 

The music scene is vibrant, seductive, and strong from LA to Pomona. For us coming from NJ, it’s been a dream to be able to play venues where legends used to roam and still do!

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

One of the best concerts I have been to (there are many) was Iggy and The Stooges. Iggy is God.

One of the best things of playing live is the transformation of spirit and soul communing with the listener for an experience that could live in someone’s memory forever. There’s something about pouring all of your energy from the crowd and feeding off of their energy that’s unlike anything else you can experience. There’s no better feeling.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

I wish I could answer this as a collective group, but it seems we all have a different song that stands out.

·       Franco  –  “Everything Will Be Alright” as the chord progression, lyrics, and structure are unique. It was also the first song Franco wrote while living in California and holds a special value in his heart.

·       Jose – “Silhouette of Rouge” as it’s a song that he feels everyone can relate to. Even if you can’t relate to it, in hindsight, you will.

·       Tiago – Would have to be “The Void” mainly because it’s this crazy sonic journey that sits well in your ears and is a joy to just close your eyes to and listen

·       Ray – “Can’t Be Satisfied” as this song really showcases our bluesy, jam-like, raw live feel.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year? 

As recent times have shown us, it is imperative to evolve as an artist in this era of music where so many things are on a constant change. This year we have really focused on improving the business aspect of things and learning the “ins and outs” of the music industry. We have been fortunate enough to meet amazing people that have helped guide us in the right direction.

We have also focused on our live sets to ensure our fans always have something to look forward to when coming to one of our shows. Changing an intro, outro, new transitions, inserting an extended jam, etc. are all important for us to keep our sets fresh and interesting. Music will continue to evolve but ultimately it’s always important to trust your instinct, especially when it comes to sound and songwriting.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

·       Again, I wish I could answer this as a collective group, but it seems we all have a different person whom we would join for dinner, drinks, gigs, co-write, etc.

·       Franco- If I could co-write a song with someone, it would be Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. His sense of melody and harmony would be incredible to see as he gives birth to a new song.

·       Tiago – Would love to have dinner with Prince. He could imagine their table would be the one surrounded by purple fog.

·       Jose – If he could play a gig with someone, it would definitely be Erykah Badu. The melodies and the moods that come from her music are just ridiculously smooth, heartwarming, and feel-good. They get under your skin and into the soul. It would definitely be Sara Bellum aka FatBellyBella aka Low Down Lorreta Brown aka Analog Girl in a Digital World.

·       Ray – Tony Iommi is by far one of my favorite guitarists of all time and if there would be anyone I would love to jam with and collaborate, it would be him.

What’s next for you?  

Next will be working on new songs and ideas. We have a musical “vault” full ideas that we’ve been itching to jump into, but were waiting to release the record first. We plan on continuing to play consistent shows and look forward to having an opportunity to play a festival and/or tour. Los Angeles is full of very talented musicians and hope to collaborate with such fantastic musicians and keep the scene alive.

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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