Welcome to Rockville Interview – Eddie Veliz of Kyng
April 26th, 2014
By Tammy and Kat
OSR: How’s the feedback for your new single “Electric Halo” been?
EDDIE: For every thirty people that like it there’s that one guy that’s like “dude, Kyng’s changed” you’re not as heavy as the first album. When in fucking reality our new album is heavier than the first one!
OSR: Who writes the lyrics?
EDDIE: I do.
OSR: Where do they come from? We were really listening to them earlier and man, they are deep and dark.
EDDIE: Yea it comes from my brain and life lessons. It is deep stuff. I kind of try to just search and find some gems back there from stuff that’s happened.
OSR: Is it hard to relive those memories and play the songs live?
EDDIE: Ummm. I could get pretty heavy right now, but I’m going to spare that sadness. Burn The Serum could get pretty thick in my brain.. But from the first album “The Roses,” that’s one song we really don’t do often, and that one can conjure up some shitty emotion. But for the most part I can dis-compartmentalize everything else and sort of just perform.
OSR: Wow! It’s great you can put the emotions aside and just have fun performing, I’m sure it makes a difference for your fans watching.
EDDIE: And that’s what it’s all about! Like last night for instance, we were somewhere in Minnesota, the crowd was not the best, maybe they were tired on a Friday night… When we run into those types where the energy is just weird, we typically look at each other and say “hey, this is for us.” If they crowd isn’t digging it – we just look at each other and say “for ourselves” and then we go in and destroy it. We always have a good time, you know?
OSR: And that’s how we felt when we saw you open at the In This Moment show in Illinois this fall – where the crowd was weird but you guys put on one of the best performances all night, in our opinion.
EDDIE: The deal is that even though we have a second album out, not many people know about us. The people who do know us are fucking pumped, and they like us. But those who don’t know or haven’t heard of us have to sit and absorb it and think, “Do I like this? I’m not sure… There’s no tracks running so I don’t know if I like what’s happening.” It might be too raw for them sometimes. But by the end of the night those people come up to us at the merch booth and are like, “You guys were great” and you know we just gotta be resilient and be persistent and let people absorb us. At least they’re not talking during our set. That was one thing earlier on that we didn’t know how to take because we’d get up there and do our show and people would stand there with eyes wide open and we didn’t know how to take it, like are you guys liking it are you not liking it, what’s going on? But then we started realizing that they are absorbing it and watching it and taking it all in and they are thinking things like, “holy shit your drummer is amazing.” We started noticing as long as they aren’t talking its good. As long as they are still watching us, they are listening.
OSR: What made you decide on not doing tracks? It’s pretty popular now-a-days.
EDDIE: You know what? Let me tell you something, we didn’t even fucking know that was an option. We never thought about it. I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not gonna name the bands, but there’s been some times where I can hear a band sound checking and I’m like, “Oh I’m gonna go check them out,” and then there’s no one on stage. And I was like, “Wait, what?” There are drums and guitars and vocals. If it works for them then great but it doesn’t work for us.
OSR: We really like that about you guys! You’re just all about the music.
EDDIE: There’s a lot of people that say ‘well that’s just what you do’ where industry standard has kind of taken over. But they don’t know that you can just decide to not do it that way. Somewhere along the lines somebody asked, “What does Kyng bring to the table?” and we were like, “Nothing.” We don’t bring shit to the table, we’re just a fucking band. There’s nothing to bring. A lot of people need to stop bringing shit to the table you know what I mean? They need to just fucking rock.
OSR: And that’s exactly what you guys do. We had a blast watching your set and can’t wait until Burn The Serum comes out!
EDDIE: Thanks so much, guys. It’s always awesome to see you in the crowd rocking out across the country!