So this article has nothing to do with BC, but everything to do with life after we leave this BC bubble. I discovered the Killermoda Kidz by accident one day, liked their music, and figured I’d ask if they wanted any help with promotion in the Boston area. I quickly discovered, however, that the Killermoda Kidz is comprised of one guy that plays all the instruments for the recordings. He has only 2 songs online, no band to play with live, and he’s on the other side of the world. So, needless to say, he wasn’t exactly looking to expand his music project of 3 months to Boston, MA just yet.
What I took away from this interview, however, was that we can succeed and prosper by following our dreams and our ambitions. I think the Killermoda Kidz is a great example of this, and I think he will start getting a lot of attention for his work. My hope is that this article will be a way to help that happen in some small way. So play the video below and enjoy! I really enjoyed getting to know this incredibly talented up-and-coming musician.
Killermoda Kidz is a band from Georgia (the republic, not the state) and consists of myself, Givi Phirtskhalava – a man with an unpronounceable last name – and a few imaginary band members that don’t exist. I started the band early this year with the goal to just write some cool, dramatic tunes and to see where it takes me.
What was your inspiration for starting Killermoda Kidz?
GP: I was in some god-forsaken hostel in Mumbai, India, trying to fall asleep, it was hot as f*** and the traffic was crazy loud, and I got to thinking about the things I still loved. So on impulse I went on Amazon, ordered some recording gear with the last of my money, returned home two weeks later, and here I am, just trying to record a good tune or two.
How did music become a part of your life?
GP: My best friends from school in Belgium got me into playing the guitar. And the process of listening to music is so similar to falling in love, but over and over again with new bands and new music. I’m hooked.
Who are your musical inspirations?
GP: I love Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Foster the People, Coldplay, Daughter… They’ve put out such great songs. What’s inspiring is how the music makes me feel. Bon Iver makes me want to rip my heart out. Foster the People makes me want to dance. So yeah, that’s pretty inspiring.
What’s your music-making process? For example, do you write the lyrics before the music of a song?
GP: First there’s a melody and a few mumbled words. Then I build the rest of the song around it, trying out new sounds and instruments. Once I have an idea of what I want the song to sound like, I get out an acoustic guitar and start writing lyrics.
What do you think is the largest struggle for a new artist today?
GP: Call me naïve but I honestly believe that if you have great songs, eventually you’ll make it. So, the struggle is, you know, you have to be patient and determined, and try to write as much music as you can and do it as well as you can. Ask yourself: is your music as good as the bands you love? No? Then go back to the drawing board and start again.
What’s the long-term goal for Killermoda Kidz?
GP: I just want to put out songs that I myself would love to listen to, and over time, I want to reach more and more people with my music. It’s just an amazing feeling when a complete stranger on a different continent likes your songs and asks you for an interview. It’s an incredible motivator. So thanks for that.
How does a new artist, like yourself, work up the courage to put their work out there?
GP: Sure, it can feel pretty intimidating to put your work out there, open to the criticism of others, but it’s an occupational hazard. You just have to man up and do it or no one is ever going to hear your music. And the thing is, it’s actually really exciting to share something you’ve created with others. Personally, I get so excited that I can’t not share the songs I record. I think that’s all the courage you need right there.