8KIDS

Back in the 80s/early nineties skatecore was a big thing. Well not for me, but I heard that it was a big thing with bands like Millencolin and Mucky Pup. I am not gonna lump 8KIDS in that same category although it is those vibes I get. Answers from drummer Emma. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The band name was basically inspired by the way our guitarist plays the guitar. He often uses an arpeggiated tapping technique which sounds a bit like the old-school 8-bit sounds that you used to get on Gameboy for example. The first songs were entitled 8bits idea 1, 8bits idea 2. Then we just changed the ‘bits’ to ‘kids’.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We’re a German/English trio made up of vocals- Jonas Jakob, Guitar- Hans Koch and drums- Emma McLellan

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Most of our song writing is based on emotional experience as a pose to focusing on a particular music style. Our own personal music tastes naturally have a part to play in the process, influenced mostly by what we listen to and previous bands that we’ve played with. Hans comes from a metal background, Jonas is more Punk and I’m the indie kid!

When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Currently, it’s more of an underground German thing, mostly due to the fact that the song lyrics are in German. There’s been a really interesting Post-Hardcore scene growing in Germany over the last few years and we definitely feel like we’re a part of it.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The most important thing for us is that we look natural. We’re not into crazy outfits or pretending to be something we’re not. Some form of graphic identity is always important for a band. We have an American designer that does most of our artwork.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are predominantly influenced by personal experiences such as relationship break-ups and getting through tough times; a mixture of positive and negative situations that everyone goes through at some point in their lives and can relate to.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-An album is a monumental landmark for any band. I think it is and always has been the main goal of anyone producing music. The digital era is just a metamorphosis of the way people access and listen to music. of course, the quick-fix mindset of digital music consumption can have positive as well as negative repercussions. It’s great to know that almost anyone in the world can access our music, whether it be on a mobile, computer or whatever. However, nothing beats the feeling of having a vinyl LP in the hand! We definitely can’t wait till we get our hands on our first record on 26th May this year!

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-That’s a tough question! Everyone’s got their own personal preference. Vinyl sales are on the up so I would like to think that physical won’t die out. It’s basically fashion versus convenience.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We’ve toured a great deal over the last year and the feedback has been phenomenal. We put a lot of effort into preparing for gigs and making sure we do a professional job. Our shows are pretty much an emotional rollercoaster ride. The connection to the audience is the most important element of a gig. Fortunately, we have a great sound engineer as well that travels around Europe with us. It’s great having someone mixing us who knows and loves the music as much as we do.

What lies in the future?
-Our debut album ‘Denen die wir waren’ (Who we once were) comes out on 26th May 2017, followed by a headline tour around Germany. We’ve got two new music videos coming out as well and will continue touring later in the year. Of course, there’s lots more exciting things in the pipeline but it wouldn’t be any fun if we revealed everything at once 😉

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