Interviews: Kaupe

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band, Kaupe from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

First off..thank you for having us! The way we got our band name is kind of a long story. I'll try to sum it up as best as I can. It came out of an inside joke where we coined the term Hawaiian Werewolf. Shortly after, the term was considered as a band name, but was later shortened to “H. Werewolf”, the first track off our 2018 album 'The Depths'. The singer of my other band “Junior Bruce” decided to google Hawaiian Werewolf, and the legend of Kaupe was the first thing that popped up. It's a one word band name, which is hard to come by these days. Also a really cool legend.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We grew up playing in heavier bands. Kaupe's original intentions were to be more on the hard rock side of things. As the sound of the band progressed, we seemingly got heavier and heavier. I guess it's in our DNA. We do have more freedom than most bands given the fact we are instrumental, and we definitely capitalize on that.

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

For the most part yes. Marc (drums) and I have known each other for over 20 years now. We were in a math metal band called Loss for Words in the early 2000s. I've known Pete (bass) for almost 20 years through the Orlando music scene. Patrick (keys) is the new comer to the band. We actually found him on craigslist haha!

4. Each band member favorite band?

Oh man, too many to name! I don't think anyone of us has a “favorite band”. We have very eclectic tastes spanning many genres.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

They literally come out of thin air. I could hear a melody or rhythm pattern in my head, or I could just stumble across a riff on accident. Everyone adds their own influences to the songs at practice, and things change many times. I'd say feedback, positive or negative, from shows can definitely be inspiring. We miss shows.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last real show was at Will's Pub in Orlando with The Dark Arctic, ACP PRO, Bees and Enormous Tigers, and Flagman. That was a really fun show. We did do a live streaming event with DcxPC back in September.

7. Where would you like to act?

Acting? Oh no, not for us! If you mean perform, we'd love to play festivals around the world.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

That's a very broad question. Any one of our major influences would be great--Faith No More, Tool, Torche, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Converge, Pixies, Depeche Mode, Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, Deftones, Meshuggah, Helmet and many more.

9. Whom not?

Probably would try and steer away from any butt rock fests.

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

Sure have. Practice until the set is just muscle memory and you're on autopilot. Don't focus on the audience and do your own thing. Have an alcoholic beverage, smoke some weed, or anything to calm the nerves. This is a slippery slope, however. Don't go overboard with that! Don't crank too much of yourself in your monitors. You'll end up hearing the flaws most people will not hear out front. Most importantly have fun and don't take yourself to seriously.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

That's a very long list. Converge was a giant inspiration on my guitar playing when I really started playing in metal bands. As a band, we really don't think of sounding like this or that when we write. Like I mentioned before, a lot of our songs came from stuff we heard in our heads, or happy accidents.

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

A former band of mine sold women's lingerie with our logo on it, and were asked to sign them from time to time.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Out fans are great and we miss them dearly!

14. What do you think of our site?

It's great! I like that your focus isn't just a couple styles of metal. I actually didn't know there were so many sub-genres of metal until after visiting your site. Very informative! Thanks again for having us, and helping us promote our new album! 

15. Something add?

Yes! Our new album 'Cognitive Dissonance' will be out Feb. 19th on digital streaming platforms. Stay safe everybody! We'll make it through this. Our social media links are below:


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