KICKIN VALENTINA has a ring to it even though it might not be the coolest of names. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Heber: In my personal opinion, sometimes a name it’s just a name. I’m sure some of the bands out there never said if we called ourselves this we’re going to be huge. I do think that a name should somewhat seem cool and easy to remember once they learn it.
Chris: It’s kind of important I guess. I mean, a band like Rotting Christ wouldn’t want a name like Kickin Valentina and vice versa. But then again, Slaughter made that name work for hard rock…and it could have been a cool death metal band name too. haha
What was it that made you want to do the band?
Heber: I always wanted to play in a band that was fun and play what we wanted without apologizing or following a trend. Rock was getting boring there for a while and I think it needed to be fun again. That’s what Kickin Valentina is trying to do and if people like it, even better.
Chris: For me, I just wanted to do something that I had fun playing. We never set out to reinvent the wheel, create a new music genre or make social change through our music. We’ll leave that to the people that take themselves way to serious. It’s about doing what you want, and how you want to do it regardless of what critics think of it.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
Heber: I never stopped to think of a definition, to me it’s energetic in your face kick ass rock n roll.
Chris: We don’t play Metal. We play Rock n Roll…there’s a difference.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Heber: We all got together and listen to it and try to arrange it as close as we could to how we would play it live. There was really no formula, It just sounded good to all of us this way.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Heber: I think every day life it’s an inspiration and we all draw ideas from our experiences.
Chris: Musically, bands that influence me are Monster Magnet, Warrior Soul, GnR, Faster Pussycat etc. Lyrically it can be anything from people you meet/the things they say and do, to different things you go through in life. Anything can inspire you to write a song whether it’s something somewhat serious or something tongue and cheek.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Heber: Sometimes too much, LOL. We do live in a visual world. We went through a few ideas of what to do on the album and this time around we decided to use more of our images.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
Heber: I think so, the process is definitely a lot quicker recording digital. Although sometimes I miss the rawness of anolog.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Chris: I assume you mean the recording process. There aren’t really any “limitations” per-se. The one thing I don’t like about it is people have the ability to clean things up way too much. It tends to make music sound stale. Personally I like things a little rough around the edges. Some of my favorite records have been done with low budgets and you can hear certain little mistakes in there. It makes it real and honest.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Heber: I think our scene is with anybody that likes Rock n Roll. We play with nostalgic and new rock bands all the time. I hope the scene keeps growing and it gets back to being a lifestyle again.
Chris: We fit in with anyone that likes rock. We don’t get into analyzing the sub genres of it. We have played with a ton of bands…everyone from Prettyboy Floyd to NonPoint to Queensryche to Pop Evil and we have gone over well with each crowd and made fans from those shows that religiously come to see us. We made a decision early on that we would play with any rock band, new or old. It doesn’t matter to us. We don’t care if their fans are 15 or 45, we wanna be in front of them.
What does the future hold?
Heber: Musically I hope that keep doing this for as long as we can, for now our focus is on touring and promoting our new album worldwide. That should keeps us busy for a little while, LOL!!
Chris: We are booking shows for 2016 right now so we hope to be touring a lot, and in between that we’ll be writing new music. Beyond that, we have no idea.