Have you checked out KILL HER FIRST? Perhaps you are like me, late at discovering them? Here is a chance to know more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Well, we had a few names that we thought were best describing the kind of music we want to create and also the fact that we were all women in the band. In the end we went for “KILL HER FIRST”. The story behind it goes back to ancient history. If you think of the biblical plagues or the downfall of troy, it is always the first born who shall be killed. But in every tale he survives. Fate is unstoppable and so are we. We really had a lot of difficulties in the past and sometimes wanted to quit but we as a band always survived. Fate is telling us to go on.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-We first have to say that we don’t have a favorite band whose sound we would love to adapt. Although we listen to music all the time, we still try to create our own sound. Certainly there are bands that affect our composing more than others and sometimes we are even prouder of what we created when it reminds us of songs we love. You cannot hide from your own taste in music and not be influenced by it when writing your own. We have two female singers and that already makes us sound very different from other bands in the same genre. However we always focus on fabricating something new.
The following artists are some of our favorites : Rise Against, Thrice, Funeral For A Friend, From Autumn To Ashes, Stick to your guns, Kittie, The Distillers, Hole, Shelter, Comeback Kid, Thursday and many more.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-It already did and still does. If the sound is great and the people are too, we don’t care if it is a small club or a huge stage.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-You can never be 100% content with anything you do. There are always some little things you could have done differently while recording but in the end we are a band and a democracy at the same time. You will have to make a compromise sooner or later because you will never end up with perfection. And normally there are just little things that bother you and the rest of the band will talk you out of it very fast. Since it has been a few years since the recording of our last two songs, we cannot even remember a thing we were unhappy with
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We are on Facebook and Instagram, launch our videos on Youtube in our channel and also on Hardcore Worldwide. Our Label KROD-Records does a lot of promotion to get us on every platform possible and we try to play every show, we can get. The last part has been a bit rough for us recently because we had some changes in our band line up.
We have amazing friends that support us on every show, even if it’s just bringing flyers to some bars or clubs that play our kind of music. Playing with popular bands helps you as well to gain a bit more publicity in your city.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-At first it should somehow represent the band and the music. If there is a subject the lyrics of the whole album are about then a band should use the cover to embody the topic. A great artist is half the battle. And the other half is your music. Still other people may not like it as you do and others will love it.
But is there someone who would stop buying the albums of their favorite bands because they don’t like the artwork of the cover?! We don’t think so!
Otherwise, if your music is crap, no one will care about your artwork 😉
You cannot make everyone happy, but you as a band should be the people the most satisfied and proud and stand behind your decision.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-We feel like being a part of the Berlin scene.
Yes, very important. It’s always good to have other bands around you who are already known. You’ll have the chance to play at festivals and as a support band for some of the local heroes. That will bring you in peoples minds and help you to do some networking.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-We didn’t really notice a change. Of course, there are shows with more and some with less people in the audience but we think that the internet is a great opportunity for small bands to share their music. It always makes sense as well for a new band to play shows with others that are more popular.
When before they maybe just had not much publicity they now can gain more listeners to support them live. Normally, when you like the sound of a band on the recording, you want to see them play.
We feel very sorry for the people who don’t go to shows of their local heroes. Luckily we are not surrounded by them if they’re existing 😉
What does the future hold?
-Wealth…and a new album we started to write and will hopefully release next summer!