KILLIN’ BAUDELAIRE

Italian KILLIN’ BAUDELAIRE came to me courtesy of Facebook. And after I had checked them out I knew that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hi! We are Killin’ Baudelaire, an all female metal band based in Milan, Italy. We are Helly (vocals), Nixe (guitars), Alice Lane (bass) and Cleo (drums and vocals).

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was extremely hard! We really couldn’t match all the ideas and we would never agree all together on a name. It had to be hard (like the music we play) yet gentle as our image sometimes requires. We thought that Killin’ Baudelaire was enough original and, furthermore, a little bit mysterious…good question by the way!

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Difficult to answer, because all of us listen to and get inspired by a huge variety of music. What we’re trying to do is mixing all the influences and creating something new and interesting. Surely, the bands we love most and the ones we feel nearest to us in this moment are: The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm, just to quote the ones with female voices.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-For sure the advantage is the convenience of always having your music on hand, everywhere and without the fear of ruining cds or vinyls. Moreover, music can be easily and immediately shared with people.
The disadvantage is not owning that special memorabilia, that nowadays it’s become something just for collectors.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Let’s say that, since 10 years now, the biggest concern for most of the bands is to not earning from selling their cds.
Back in the days, it was one of the biggest sources of income…but it’s a problem that is impacting all the music industry.
Obviously, as all musicians, we hope our fans will support us also on that side!

What part does artwork and layout play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The IMAGE is really important. From the clothes we wear on stage to the graphics on the EP. Talking about our graphics, it is a metaphor of love. The sugared almond (that tastes very sweet on the surface and, by the way, it’s the symbol of marriage) appears to be broken and blood stained. Like love, that’s never all good or one way; the perfect shell breaks up sooner or later, showing its ambiguous shades of sorrow and melancholy. But that’s enough “spleen” for today so..cheer up! We are four young girls and we wanna play hard and have fun after all!

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-We think social media and the network are new ways to promote bands but they don’t have to be misjudged. It is a good thing to upgrade ourselves and the way we promote projects depending on times and situations. Furthermore, using social media allows us to get more known in places we’ve never been and where we would like to play.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yes, locally at this time. The purpose is to get more known nationally (we did a few concerts in southern italy this winter, and we hope to get back there soon!) and with the upcoming european tour, to bring our music to further fans. It will be amazing!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– Sure! We love everything about touring! The long-trip sleeps, jokes, playing in different places, knowing lot of people and stuff…It is awesome and it makes us feel so good!

What will the future bring?
-New album, more dates, an upcoming tour in Europe starting in September. Last but not least, lot of hard work, that will hopefully bring us happiness and satisfaction.

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