Interview: Vena Kava and Mike Desmond (of Killing Moon)
What got this band together and started in this business?
Vena Kava: I started the band originally in San Francisco, but the project was not yet really the sound I was looking for. In 2007 I moved to the East Coast and was inspired to create a pure evil sound - 100% power metal! I met Mike Desmond in Boston, now Killing Moon's lead guitar player, and that is when all hell broke lose!
Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
Mike Desmond: Both me and Vena.
Where can people access your music on the web?
Vena: Our music can be found anywhere online. Amazon, iTunes, and many other such sites. You can torrent it too, we found plenty of sites that torrent our music... hehe.
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Mike: TOO many!
Who is the band's musical influence?
Mike: Dimmu Borgir for me.
Vena: Stratovarius, Slayer, Megadeth, Sonata Arctica, Rammstein, Behemoth, Vader, Slough Feg, Iced Earth, Fear of God.
How did the band get together?
Vena: I found Mike and the rest just fell together. However, we did use MySpace and Craigslist to find musicians to fill in a few roles.
What is your musical background like?
Mike: I started playing guitar at age 10. I started playing drums at 4, trumpet at age 8.
Vena: No musical background, it was forbidden and banned in my house unfortunately, my backgound is actually in filmmaking. But as soon as I was 18 I moved out and went to San Fransisco to rock!
Any other members in your family that are musicians?
Mike: My Grandmother is a country western drummer. My dad is a rock drummer, my uncle is a rock drummer, and another uncle is a rock bassist.
What is the TOP reason why you want to play music?
Mike: The electric energy of sending your harmonic vibrations into the universe is an addiction the grips your sould the first time you drink it in.
What's your stance on file swapping?
Mike: It enables indie bands to reach a much broader audience. However, it makes it near impossible for music be a lucrative endeavor. It is stealing, it is a tolerated crime because the technology is too advanced to be goverened. So fans can appreciate music for free, but it is kind of like raping an artist's soul. I don't think CDs should be over $8, then perhaps more people would spring for the superior sound quality and artwork that the band packaged.
How do you get the word out about your music?
Mike: MySpace is awesome for promotion.
How is your local responce to your music?
Mike: We are getting a great response locally as well as abroad.
Vena: We get a ton of autograph requests, which is always kind of surprising.
What is the furthest you have travelled for a gig?
Vena: When we lived in San Francisco, we went on tour down the coast to LA.
Which tune on the CD are you most proud of?
Mike: Postapocalyptic Requiem
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