KYTES is gonna leave you with a good feelin’. “I Got Something” is their new single that has been on repeat in our earbuds. With a distinct pattern throughout, this single is destined for some radio play.
We got the opportunity to sit down with these four gentlemen of the road and grilled them about touring, their new single, and eating in the US.
1) How did you link up with Robert Koch?
We first linked up via our label and publisher. They connected us. We then met Robert at SXSW. We played at the same venue and really enjoyed his set.
During SXSW, we hung out a lot and had some great conversations, he’s such a chill guy!
2) You are all about to go on tour in Germany, what has previous tour experiences taught you? How do you all prepare for a multi-month tour?
We played our first tour in October / November 2015, touring is definitely one of the coolest things you get to do as a band. Playing our own songs in front of all these different people night after night is just great. It’s the reason why we do music.
Touring taught us to always play with 100% energy – no matter if it’s in front of 1,000 people or 10.
Being on the road for a long time can be a little rough, it helps a lot that we’re not only band members but best friends. Preparing for a multi month tour is rehearsing a lot obviously, we are also adjusted our live-set for our upcoming tour. We’re really stoked about bringing our own stage setting for the festivals this summer.
We had the chance to work with this really cool dude, called Clemens von Löffelholz who will design human sized KYTES letters and unique colour banners.
3) Where does your inspiration come from in writing and composing a song?
Inspiration comes in a lot of different ways. Of course it’s music in general and artists we love.
We like to mix inspirations out of different genres. So, for example, we have this verse which is pretty indie and for the chorus we think: “Ok how would Major Lazer do this chorus?”
It’s fun to blend genres and to break musical boundaries.
Lyrics wise, it’s lots of stuff we experience ourselves, stories, poems, fantasies and dreams.
4) What should we be listening to?
Foals – Rain
Röyksopp – So Easy
Mura Masa – Lovesick
Little Comets – Bridge Burn
Yates – Mercury
Woman – Psychedelic Lover
M83 – Bibi The Dog
5) What was it like to play at SXSW? A bigger question remains – what food did you enjoy and what are you looking forward to eating again when back in the US? Any plans to come back and play here?
We definitely want to come back as soon as possible! Playing at SXSW was great, the people were really into new music. At our last showcase, at Esther’s Follies, people began to dance after our first song and danced through the entire show, it was magical!
We experienced the best Thai food ever in LA at the Night Market in West Hollywood. We have to come back if it’s only for the food!
The same with Sushi in San Diego. And we had an amazing burger at Hodads in San Diego. Also some really great Mexican Food!!!
6) What are a couple singles we should be on the look-out when the album comes out?
Of course, our current single “I Got Something.”
Also a brand new track called “Head To Toe.” We’re really looking forward to the feedback, the songs all have their own style in a way and we can’t predict which songs are going to be your favourites.