With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to KIRRA . Questions answered by Daxton Page (guitarist). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Hopefully people can enjoy the music but also be challenged to think about things differently. We try to challenge ourselves to think about things differently sometimes, so it comes out that way in our songs.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t too difficult. We thought about names for about a week and Jesse came to us with the idea for KIRRA and we all thought it was short, sweet, unique, and memorable so we went with it.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Growing up the bands that had the biggest impact on me were probably Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Audioslave, and Metallica. They were the first bands that made me want to learn their songs on guitar and eventually do this as a profession, also bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, and Steve Vai that turned curiosity into full on addiction. As of today, I’m most inspired by R&B & Soul music from the 60’s-70’s. I’ve been listening to a lot of Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown. I’ve also been listening to a lot of pop, classic and modern. Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Adele, and a little Billie Ellish and Post-Malone.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We didn’t really think very much about that. We just want to make music that’s interesting/cool to us. We’ve always been about that, and our collective influences have sort of shaped the sound over time because it’s still evolving. This record sounds way different than our first releases and the next record will sound probably different from this one. That’s just who we are as songwriters.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I believe so, but I don’t believe they will kill albums so to speak. I think there will always be a demand for albums from fans of their favorite artists. On the other hand, singles are a great way to keep interest going in between album cycles and also a great way to reward fans who want some new music, but you know any substantial EP or LP is far in the future.
What part does artwork and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We try to balance interest and accessibility with meaning and intrigue. Something that represents the music you’re about to hear but also had a general appeal that people would enjoy.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Absolutely. We have to always be adapting to what the marketplace throws at us. We’re always trying new things to try and promote the music.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-It does. I feel a sort of regional scene to be the appropriate analysis. Even what we consider the “Seattle” grunge sound (granted because most of the artists are from Washington state) had artists and influences from the Bay Area at the time. So I think for us there are tons of great bands coming out of the South and Midwest, and a couple of them have started to blow up and get tons of success.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-For us, touring and gigging has always been a big part of what we do. Almost all the fans we see at shows have all been to a show where we were a support act on a big bill or at a date under our own name.
What will the future bring?
-Lots of records hopefully, and lots of shows! We have lots of ideas floating around that are really exciting to us so we want to make sure we take time to explore all the different avenues we want and share them with the fans.