OK so we had a request from Kyshera’s fans to do an interview with them, which of course we agreed to do. We reached out to the band and asked if they would be willing to do the “10 Questions With..” with us. They agreed and we decided to make this interview different… We asked for ten questions from the fans in addition to the ten questions from us here at Musuk.
And here are the results:
Q1. Where and how did you all meet and form the band?
Me & Matt have known each other for years. After Phil left, Matt saw Glyn playing in another band one night and asked him to join. We didn’t ‘poach’ him, we uh…borrowed him? 😉
Q2. Where does your band name originate from?
When the project first got started, I originally called it ‘Kennedy’ (after my surname) but Nigel Kennedys Management contacted me to say that unless I change the name, they would consider me to be ‘passing myself off’ as their client and pursue legal action. Ridiculous I know. However, I also liked the idea of the band having a totally unique word for its name that didn’t exist for anything else, anywhere, ever. A word that only meant one thing – our band. Kyshera sounded cool, so we went with that!
Q3. What bands influence your genre of music?
Tons! And it changes all the time. For the last album, definitely Billy Talent, My Chemical Romance, Muse & 30 Seconds To Mars – but our earlier music has influences from Zappa, Squarepusher, Stravinsky, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Jeff Buckley, Mars Volta, Metallica, Nirvana and hundreds more!
Q4. Where do you get your inspiration for writing songs?
Everywhere! Life experiences, world affairs, anger, love – oh and alcohol…
Q5. You have a large fan base but what song from your discography would you recommend to someone who has never listened to you before? (I myself really like Break This)
Hmmm thats a tough one! Maybe I’d start with ‘Napoleon’…
Q6. If you could pick any band, past or present, to be a part of who would it be and why?
For me, Frank Zappa’s band. I wouldn’t last 2 minutes but I’d get to see a genius in action.
Q7. When you released your first album did you have the response you were expecting or was it better?
I’d say it was better actually. The ‘Paradigm’ album had none of the complications we had when releasing our 2nd album ‘Made in China’ (suing our record company, exhaustion etc). It was just the band putting an album out indepedently, with no dramas and no big expectations. It got great press (with no PR company involved) and we did some great gigs for it. It was our 1st release and we didn’t really know what we were doing, so it was definitely a more innocent & positive time than would soon follow.
Q8. Going from the first album, Paradigm, to the album you released this year, Circle, has there been an even greater response from the fans?
Oh yes definitely! We’ve had years of experience since then, made a lot of mistakes and done a lot of shows! ‘Circle’ was funded entirely by our fans through Pledge Music and we’ve done some of the best tours we’ve ever done for the ‘Circle’ release.
Q9. Do you have any tour dates lined up? If so do you have any in Scotland we could come to?
We’ve actually just finished a years worth of consistent touring around 8 countries, so as 2015 draws to a close, I think we’re going to chill until January & then hit the road again in 2016! And we would LOVE to get back to Scotland – last year we played Edinburgh, Dundee & Dunfermline and had a great time, so yes, a Scotland date is well overdue!
Q10. Aside from touring, Do you have anything else in the works you want your fans to know?
Loads! Stay tuned on our pages for new videos, Photos, ‘one off’ performances, interviews and lots more!
And Now For The Fan Questions:
Q1. Which two of your songs would you put in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years and why?
Good question! ‘Terrorists’ because it would give people a snap shot of the state of the world 100 years previously – and also hopefully by then, the complexity of the song would be better understood ha ha! And probably ‘The End’ because I think that the message in that song is one which has been ubiquitous throughout the ages & all cultures and could probably still do with being reinforced 100 years from now.
Q2. What is your motto or advice you live by?
Dispose of all judgement. We are all but fleeting flickers on lifes bittersweet tape roll, so be kind to yourself and to others as pretty soon we’ll all be dead.
Q3. If you could contact anyone who’s not worked with the band before to become ready for one week, who would that person be and why? (Musician or behind the scenes)
Any one of my internet Trolls to undertake all of my duties for one week and see how many minutes they last…
Q4. How do you see the band in 5 to 10 years time?
Basking in Glory 😉
Q5. Do you have any ‘idols’ in the music business?
I have tons of people who I am inspired by from all walks of life but for me I feel that the real ‘idols’ in our society should be those whose names we’ll never hear but who save lives on a daily basis, risk their lives for others and work for the common good. We should celebrate them more than Nicki Minaj.
Q6. Do you have a professional training in music or is it self taught?
We’re all self taught.
Q7. Do you have any pre show rituals and how do you relax afterwards?
Ha ha, we all have our own individual little ‘zones’ that we go into – Matt likes to exercise & warm up, I like to ‘pace’ and get myself ‘battle ready’ and Glyn is usually off photographing something! As for afterwards, thats simple – alcohol!
Q8. Are you making plans for album 4 ?
Album 4 has begun….
Q9. If I turned on your IPods what would I hear?
Throughout our entire European tour, we listened exclusively to Marmozets and Sia.
Q10. If you were a biscuit, what would you all be?!!!
Something gooey, chewy & indulgent that melts in the mouth 😉
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