1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We are Killakoi and the name actually comes from one of our favorite bands, Sevendust. The song "Rumble Fish" was playing and we were inspired by the name enough to come up with a version of our own. So we settled on "Killer Koi" and were like 'we gotta make this sound more gangsta' so we traded the proper spelling for a more fitting one. So Killakoi it became.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Jordan Mattacchione (Vocals/guitar)
Sam Ocheltree (Bass/vocals)
Robbie Reimer (Guitar/vocals)
Michael Russo (Drummer #2)
Ethan Gibbons (Kage/Vocals)
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Guns, drugs, money and women.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
On a good day, the band will a meet up in the morning and get to the gym for a couple hours worth of working out. Getting our bodies exhausted and minds cleared for the day ahead. Then we will get some good food in us and head to our studio. We spend most of the day there working on ourselves as well as producing and recording other artists. When it's time to close up shop most of us head home. Sam may be working on mixing things, Jordan and Ethan usually take that time to catch up on emails and things that we may have missed throughout the day. This is what we do when were in our hometowns but when were working on a show or on the road, it can be quite different, but even then we try to keep an organized scheduled approach to our day.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
The last show we played was the debut of our newest member and instrument, Ethan and the Kage. That took place in Charlotte, NC. It was a great success for us and we put a lot of work into it. We sold out the place and received great reviews from it. We happened to do that show just in time as the entertainment world would shut down just weeks after. That put us on hold for much of what we had in store for everybody. That being said we are still playing the main stage at Blue Ridge Rockfest 2020.That is assuming its safe enough for everyone to get back to what they live for, amazing shows.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
We were in Los Angeles at the beginning of the year for several weeks working on something special. We were living on the bus during that time and we thought it would be funny to convince Sam the plumbing didn't work. We told him that if he had to use the bathroom he would need to walk half a mile to the nearest super market. So every morning Sam would wake up early pacing back and forth until we would hear, "ok time to go to Von's" and he would begin his trek to the store clinching every step of the way. Never really understood why it didn't register to him that no one else was going to the store.
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
We've been building our team since the beginning and for the most part if you're in it, you are in it for as long as its working out. So we've been with our producer, Sahaj Ticotin, since we cut our first episode. Now that album was really our first attempt at writing anything for the band. So it kind of has that feel when listening back to it. Especially for us and for some of our fans as well. It's honest, very rock and grungy. Not too many bells and whistles thrown at you. However as we've evolved to this line up, we incorporate more electronic elements and the music itself is more experimental. We understand that we are still forming our sound throughout this process and it may be another album or two before we really find our niche. We are having fun and we hope when everyone gets to hear the new songs, they will catch that vibe and buckle up for the ride.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
I think for us it's a hand in hand kind of thing. Our least favorite thing has got to be the work load and the stress we put ourselves under to achieve our best. That being said when all of it pays off there's no better feeling. Imagine standing on a stage with people just screaming and cheering for you and you look back at your boys and your team and go, "We did this, we pulled this off. We gave them this high." There's nothing in the world quite like it.
9. If you were a super-hero, what would your power be?
If we could just be Kratos (God of War), we'd be set.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
It depends on what they want. I think if you're trying to have fun and just express yourselves then you should just do that. Get a couple buddies together. Go play your local pubs and concert halls and just have a good time. Do what you can do with it. On the flip side if you want to make it a business, you need to treat it like one and its members carry that responsibility. Ground yourselves, find a common vision, challenge the reality of that vision, and then break down your barriers. Ultimately the members of the band are the only ones who will push that project. If everyone can get on board and make the sacrifices needed to keep the ship on course, you can do anything. "Making it" may not happen for everyone, but your tools are there. Just remember to have fun along the way.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
We really do love all kinds of music. We listen to Twelve Foot Ninja, Sevendust, Iron Maiden, Primus, Nothing More, Post Malone, Smino, Korn, Kendrick Lamar. We all have our favorites and they have collectively formed the music of Killakoi to some extent.
12. What is the craziest thing you have ever received from a fan?
We receive all kinds of gifts from baked goods to our lyrics being tattooed on their bodies. But honestly what still shocks us the most is just the genuine love people have for us and each other at our shows. The support and attendance of our fans is simply the greatest thing we will ever experience. We thank you all.
13. What song means the most to you and why?
Our latest release probably gives the most humbling message right now. "Not for Nothing" is a song about identifying with the struggle one faces in their lives and for us it's related to our band and the industry. It's tough at times and there is always a chase going on. It sometimes feels like we're never quite reaching our mark, and that's okay. It gives us room for growth.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
We are inspired by the kindness and respect of concert goers. The ones who love the music as much as the bands love to perform. The ones who lift the handicapped fan so they can better see their favorite band. The ones who guard others from getting hurt in the pit when it gets too close. Those who embrace each other and sing the lyrics into the night together when that song comes on. We see you all. We are still you. And we are inspired by you. In the world today, people need to remember the goodness of our species unspereated by race, class, or religion. In the world of music we are all a family and we can not wait to see you guys again.
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