We've shown love to the Swedish synthpop sensation Kite several times before on our lovely little website. We've conducted an interview with them back in 2012, and have reviewed each of their EPs since III released on Progress Productions. But now that it's 2017 and Kite has a tour coming up along with a single and a brand new EP to follow later in the year, it was high time we chatted with Kite once again. Read on to find out about their recent adventures and other shenanigans:
Hello Kite! Our readers by now are hopefully well versed in your music considering we have covered you extensively in the past. Either way, your last EP VI was released back in 2015. How has everything been since then in terms of critical reception & touring?
Kite: Hello! We've been pretty busy touring Europe and US since then. It's really just since EP 6 we've focused on getting our name known outside Sweden. We've also been doing a crazy project in Stockholm, where we hired an IMAX dome for four shows. We made the ultimate kite experience with our own movies, dancers and special guests. That took some time and effort but it was an absolute success. The time we have left we are writing material for Kite 7.
Each of your albums keep to pretty simplistic names; your debut EP was self-titled. You've had more EPs titled with roman numerals such as II, III, IV, etc. Is there any reason why you keep the titles to your albums as such?
Kite: Yes, I guess the reason could be that we named our second Ep ll and then it just moved on from that. It's always nice with concepts I think. And a good thing is that our fans don't have to argue which EP came first..haha
2016 saw a pretty big touring year for you guys. Traveling all over the United States, Canada & Germany. However, in a different light you guys got to perform in Hanoi, Vietnam. That's an odd touring location or at least one that doesn't seem well visited by European bands. What is the music scene like for you guys in Vietnam? Was the Vietnamese crowd responsive to a Swedish synth/electropop band?
Kite: Yes, that Hanoi festival was amazing! A 20,000 crowd that really were into it. We toured Asia, mostly China, every year from 2010 to 2015, small clubs and big festivals. Christian actually lived in Shanghai for six months. It's really hard to get a grip on that market...it's too big and to new I guess. We did those tours mostly for the inspiration and the fun. It's so fascinating to play our music in a totally different culture and find it's working. Music really is an international language.
However, by the end of the month we will be seeing you guys touring the USA again. How is the US scene different than the rest of the world? Is there an energy difference at a US show in comparison to a European show?
Kite: I would say the weeks we had touring last time was the absolute best weeks of my life. I'm getting all sentimental thinking about it. It felt so meaningful and we met so many fantastic people. The best crew ever with Abbey Deathâ€™s Filip Abbey as road boss & sound engineer along with genius lighting technician Heather Strange from New York. So yes we wish to tour US as much as possible.
You'll be traveling from New York City all the way to Seattle, Washington. Through all the places and locations you'll be heading, are there any spots you're eager to stop at? Any one venue you can't wait to revisit?
Kite: Well last time we traveled from NYC north to Canada and down to California. Now it's more south. We're really excited to see how that's like and to play SXSW in Austin is gonna be lots of fun. LA was really successful last time and we are really anxious to get there again.
Your touring partners are Abbey Death. Why did you guys choose Abbey Death to tour with? And do you guys think you'll be performing any songs together on stage?
Kite: Ha! We haven't talked about that...maybe. Well, we met Filip last tour and we really clicked. He's still our US sound guy. And AD is a really cool band so it all made perfect sense.
I also read that you have a new single called 'Demons & Shame' in February. What will this single be about? Does it reflect anything personal?
Kite: True, well it's a song all visionaries and the struggles and doubts you have to conquer when you try to follow your heart and your dreams.
What's even better is that 'Demons & Shame' will be included on an EP due out in August. Is there anything you can tell us about the new EP? The amount of tracks on it, any guest remixers, etc.?
Kite: Yeah! We always have five songs on them...so we will keep writing songs and then choose the ones that makes the bests possible Ep. We are more into organic sounds maybe even some acoustic sounds. And still struggling with keep it as simple as possible.
Do you have anything else in the works right now with Kite or even any side projects?
Kite: For the moment we don't have much time for other projects. But Christian keeps doing his drone music, (Berg), and I, (Nicko), play when possible guitar with Swedish goth queen Nicole SabounÃ.
And lastly I'd like to wish you the best of luck on your tour and the release of your EP. We hope to catch you at one of the shows! Cheers!
We will never be the state's poster child band, nor do we want to be, but after a decade of hard work we have a solid following and I am very grateful for that. It seems like every gig we play we make new fans who actually stick around and that is a rare thing anymore. We have reached across genres locally and have built ourselves a dedicated and very diverse crowd here.
Pittersplatter, Jan 07 2014
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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