Kid Runner Tell Us What They Are All About In Our Latest Q&A.
What is the greatest struggle you find as independent musicians?
The biggest struggle for us is probably promoting ourselves. There are so many aspects to being in a band that you don’t think of! It is really and truly a business…a really fun business. But it’s hard to get your music and image out there for people, especially outside of your hometown. So, right now we’re working on some shows out of the Columbus area!
Do you think piracy is bad for musicians like yourselves?
Honestly, we just want people to hear our music. That’s why we give it away for free (or by donation) on our Bandcamp page. It’s hard to make money on the actual sale of your music; most of it really comes from shows. So we’d rather someone take our music for free, and show it to all of their friends, than to pass it up completely because it costs a couple of bucks.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
We released the Kid Runner EP in the beginning of the year, and it holds the first four songs we wrote as a band. I think it really defines our style – big synth hooks, group vocals, and sing along choruses. We released our single “Move” shortly after the EP, and so far, that’s been the most successful song for us. We are about to head into the studio this month to record our actual full length, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been waiting to record the rest of our songs for awhile and it’s going to be a ton of fun!
What is your relationship as artists with technology?
Obviously, our music relies heavily on technology, and electronics in general. We have your standard drums/guitar/bass set up, but a lot of our sound comes from our two keyboards that run through a computer program, and we also use some vocal effects and a drum pad. Let’s just say that Kid Runner and technology are getting pretty serious…there are even talks of marriage in the future.
What music do you listen to when you are driving?
It really depends on the time of day. During the day, I’ll listen to anything from alternative rock to pop to bluegrass. At night, I go with the slower stuff. Unless I’m falling asleep at the wheel…then I put on some dance music to wake up…
Who does most of the song writing? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
The cool thing about our band is that it is truly a collaborative effort when it comes to writing. There isn’t a single song that is written by just one person. One person may come up with the synth hook, and two more of us may work on the lyrics. Lyrical themes in our music tend to gravitate toward love and relationships. Musical themes tend to be catchy synth-lines and crazy background vocals!
What do you guys have planned for the future?
We’re about to start recording our full length album and we are pumped! We are also planning a bunch of out of town shows in the Fall/Winter/Spring. We basically want to spread our music everywhere that we can!
How important do you think it is for a band to be engaged with their fans on social media?
It’s so important for a band to interact with fans. Whether it be simply posting updates on the band, to talking to fans after the show, people look for that. You build a fan base by keeping them interested in the band.
Your song ‘Move’ was used for an X-Games Commercial. That is awesome! Can you tell us more about that?
The X-Games commercial was awesome! The production company making the commercial asked us if they could pitch our song ‘Move’ to their client, Repreve. It was a no brainer. We were one of several songs in the running, and after a week of finger-crossing, they chose our song! We really started gaining momentum after that, a lot of people from all over the world saw the commercial and started listening to our music.
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