Interviews: Slowkiss

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Alternative Rock band, Slowkiss from Chile. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it or came out just like that?

It was a very romantic time in my life where kisses were like part of a dream that stopped time, that's why I came up with that name, first, it was just for a song but it ended up becoming the name of the band.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I wanted to do Alternative because it gives you the chance to experiment with many styles within rock. I did not want to marry anything in particular or be forced to follow a line, I’ve always liked having freedom when creating, and that is why I think that Alternative Rock fits perfectly for our exploration.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Actually no, we didn't know each other. I had seen Ale in some shows of other friends' bands and he had also attended a couple of SlowKiss shows with the old members, he had even bought us a t-shirt. Then fate joined us when a mutual friend told me about him and we ended up playing together. And Richi, he contacted us through the mail offering himself as a drummer to play with us and shortly after we were trying drummers when suddenly we opened the door of the rehearsal room and he was outside, he greeted me and said: Hello, I am the drummer who wrote to you by email. His genuine interest caught my attention, so we called him to try and he arrived with all the repertoire learned and a sparkling attitude, you could tell he liked us and listened to us. It was love at first "play"

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Richi's is Green Day and Ale's is Guns n Roses. For me this question is impossible to answer, I am one of those people who cannot decide only for a band, a movie or a book. I think I have a lot of favorite bands, depending on what style we're talking about, there are so many amazing bands. I could name a few: Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Deftones, and really many more, I'm sorry not to name them all haha My current favorite band of these times is Amyl and the Sniffers

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

With no doubt, the sick sad world. Almost all of our lyrics are stories that call our attention, situations that don't seem right to us, injustices, stories of women, or different people told from our point of view. We also like the inner world, the feelings, and the deep corners of the mind.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was our annual Halloween special show in a small bar in Santiago de Chile.

7. Where would you like to perform?

At all the rock festivals there are and everywhere you can. We want to play everywhere worldwide haha.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Personally, I would love to play with Amyl and the Sniffers and Turnstile. Of the classic bands that are still on the bill, I would love to play with The Distillers and Garbage, both are back touring and making music. Anyways It would also be a dream to have the opportunity to play with any of the bands we have always listened to. 9. Whom not? We’re not interested at all in playing with reggaeton or trap people, or any type of music where women are denigrated or sexualized, nor music with sexist or racist messages, we’re not interested in being part of that. 

10. Have Any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Yes, indeed. I think that I am the one that gets more nervous, all the pre-concert stuff gives me a lot of anxiety but I think that it’s part of the magic of the performance, I think that I wouldn’t like to completely lose that feeling of euphoria before going out on stage because I would stop feeling that it’s something special or challenging, and I believe that it always will be. Some have their cabals before playing, I know Ale has one... Richi is the one who gets less nervous, he is always happy jumping on one leg. If I could give any advice, it is that I think that the more confident you are when going on stage, the better, if you know the repertoire perfectly and you did a quick review of the show and what you want to do in your mind, everything should turn out much better. Now, if your mind is in chaos it can work against you, for me, lucidity and mental tranquility are essential before performing. The first song can always be a bit difficult, your heart goes to a thousand, but if you take a mili seconds and search for a calm place in your mind, that moment is quickly overcome and from then on it's just about enjoying the stage.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

I see the taste for music as something that is formed from childhood. It is a path of knowledge where many times you start in one place and end up in a completely different one. The first music that we hear is almost always related to what our parents listen to and little by little we begin to form our own criteria, also mixed with all the stages of our lives and what we are experiencing, as our tastes also change. We were lucky to grow up with the music of our parents with the classics like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Ramones and the Velvet Underground, and also a lot of 80s Latin music like Soda Stereo, Los Prisioneros or Virus. And then everything that came in the 90s and 2000s, where luckily there was a lot of rock in the mainstream. When we were born there was still the boom of hard rock/new wave/thrash and glam, with bands like Metallica, The Cure, Depeche, ACDC, or even The Police and we grew up with punk and grunge in the 90s with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains or Silverchair The truth is, I think we were very lucky compared to today's generations that are much further removed from rock and mainstream music these days reflects a superficial, materialistic and disposable society, with no interest in delving into its inner world, that's why we believe that it is so important to keep rock alive in these times and to be able to accompany and connect with the audience that still wants to continue fighting. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing so crazy has happened to us so far, and well, I don't think we would get scared of anything... maybe we’ve had some indecent proposals, maybe a few stolen kisses out there… but nothing out of the ordinary haha

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love them. We love how they have been forming and growing with us through all our times. They are so diverse, at first with a more grungy vibe and now much darker. We love to see them arrive at the shows dressed in their black suits and makeup and then see them feeling the music and moving around, bouncing and bobbing their heads from side to side.

14. What do you think of our site?

It's awesome. We love that it's a site dedicated 100% to rock where you can run into bands you've never seen or heard before. Spaces like this are greatly appreciated.

15. Something to add?

We hope that if you still do not know us, you will listen to us on your favorite digital platforms. You can also watch our video clips and live sessions on YouTube. Soon we'll be bringing you new music with the 1st single in advance from our new album K.O. which will be released during 23'. We also invite you to follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for our next spring-summer European tour. We’ll be waiting for you at the shows!

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