Five and Five: Redlight King
Welcome to another edition of the Five and Five, where we interview the rock artists of tomorrow, today.
This installment of the Five and Five comes from Hamilton, ON’s very own Kaz from Redlight King who’s new album, “Something For The Pain”, is lighting up the airwaves.
KC: How did you come up with the band name?
RK: It was initially inspired by my father’s first race car built in the early 70’s. He called it The Redlight Bandit. Redlight King is a term for people who break the rules, and regardless of the odds, stand by the decisions they make; and continue to push those boundaries regardless of the outcome.
KC: What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?
RK: As far as songs go, I could go on forever. My personal influences are very eclectic, some of them being Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Queen, A Tribe Called Quest, Everlast, The Roots, The Pharcyde, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana
KC: What are you listening to right now?
RK: Bands like Thrice, Middle Class Rut, Rise Against, Mutemath, Tv On The Radio, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Foo Fighters, Black Keys, The Seeds, etc.
KC: What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?
RK: There have been some really great shows. On our third time through Tucson, AZ we had the crowd screaming and moshing in the first song. It was a great feeling.
KC: If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be…
RK: I’m not sure I could answer this. I want people to take what they will from this record and their listening experience. I will say that one of the most important songs for me as a writer, and a person, is When The Dust Settles Down.
KC: What was it like asking for Neil Young’s permission to sample/use Old Man?
RK: It was very personal for me. I put my heart and soul into the remake. My only hope was that he would give it a real listen. He’s a remarkable songwriter.
KC: What type of inspiration(s) do you draw upon to be creative?
RK: All kinds. I listen to a lot of music, new and old, and not genre specific. Tattoo culture, Car culture, Fine art. Sometimes a conversation can inspire a song. Sometimes I draw on emotion from personal relationships. It really varies. I try not to question nor over examine it.
KC: What is touring in America like compared to touring in Canada?
RK: I personally dig it. The main difference is there are more major cities in the US and they are much closer together for travel purposes. And if you’ve ever played Winnipeg in the middle of winter or trekked up a single lane highway to Whistler with a van and trailer you would understand the difficulties a Canadian tour can throw at you. Overall, though, it’s not that different.
KC: What has the journey been like becoming a musical artist and signing to a major label like Hollywood records?
RK: I don’t believe I could answer this in short but I’ll try. Becoming an artist wasn’t something I had a hand in. It wasn’t my choice. From as far back as I can remember I was tapped into this indescribable musical stream pulling melodies and lyrics from thin air. It was what I was put here to do. I suppose my journey at this point has been a bit chaotic and unstable sorting through life’s twists and turns in order to continue on my artistic path.
KC: If you could give any advice for an upcoming band or musician, what would it be?
RK: Sometimes you just gotta say ‘fuck it’ and go with your gut.
It was an extreme honor to speak with Kaz because not only is, “Something For The Pain”, a remarkable album but also a true inspiration to all musicians alike who strive to create honesty in their music, and Kaz & company have achieved this and so much more. Be sure to check them out!