Kyng Frontman Eddie Veliz Talks Motorboat 2015, Working on New Album + More
California rock trio Kyng are known for being road warriors and this year they will be at sea as part of Motorhead’s Motorboat. We had the opportunity to chat with frontman Eddie Veliz, who expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming metal cruise. He also chatted about the band’s most recent disc, Burn the Serum, and plans for writing for their forthcoming third album. Check out our interview with Kyng's Eddie Veliz below:
Motorhead’s Motorboat is coming up. What are you looking forward to most about this experience.
Just being there with all the great bands on the boat, we’re going to be there rockin’ and rollin’ and doing the same old s--- just on a boat. Fireball Ministry and the dudes from Crobot will be there and we’re really good friends with both bands and that alone is worth price of admission. We’re not paying but if we were, it would be worth the price of admission.
Is this your first cruise?
Yeah it’s my first one, I’ve never been on a cruise in my life. It’s going to be f---ing awesome. I’m from East Los Angeles so a cruise or family cruise is like going to Arby’s or In-N-Out. [Laughs] I’ve never been on a cruise but I remember when I was younger my dad would pick me up and take my sister and I on a boat and there was a handful of times where it was fun and we caught some fish. Then there were other times where I just vomited all over the side of the boat because of seas sickness.
Are you somewhat worries about sea sickness and possibly upchucking mid-performance?
No, that actually sounds like a good time. Anytime that s--t happens live onstage, it’s the best. If I vomit onstage or crap myself onstage, you can’t knock it.
There are so many bands on the boat from Motorhead to Slayer to Anthrax to Huntress and more. If you could be a part of any other band on this boat, which band would it be and why?
I guess off the top of my head I would love to be in Slayer, I mean, s--t, why not? I would want to play drums in Slayer. [Laughs] I can’t play drums at all but if I could get the powers of any of the dudes it would be Paul Bostaph, I would take his powers. I would love to jam with Corrosion of Conformity, I’d like to jam with Fireball Ministry as well – I’ve loved that band for years! Imagine being in Anthrax? I can go on all day. [Laughs]
Your latest album is Burn the Serum. What are you most proud of when it comes to this release?
I’m most proud that we actually got it out. I love it and the songs are f---ing amazing and I love playing them. It’s the best album we ever wrote. I’m supposed to say that right? When we started working with James Rota and Andrew Alekel, we knew it was going to sound like an awesome album sonically.
I think the worst thing about the album Burn the Serum is the track listing, I hate the way the album plays. I wish they would have taken my word on creating an album track list that was way better. My favorite songs on the album are the ones I love playing, “Burn the Serum,” “In the Land of Pigs,” “Self Medicated Man,” “Sunday Smile” and these are tracks I wanted a lot further up. It didn’t play the way I wanted it to, I’ve been meaning to put a track listing on our Facebook but what the f--- do I know.
Kyng are also playing Knotfest. For you, what’s the best part about the large festival experiences?
This specific one is so great because it’s a block down from my house, not really it’s about an hour away. The best part of these festivals is that you have all your friends or people you met just being out on the road or just going to shows. Every time we get to these festivals it’s fun, the playing is secondary, we can just hang out with everybody. It’s going to be great. I get to bring burritos for whoever wants them.
Besides Motorboat-ing and Knotfest-ing, what does the rest for 2015 have in store for you guys?
We’re just trying to be as low key as possible because the last four years of our lives have been pretty hectic with touring but it was great, it just wore down on us. We’re re-grouping, we took most of the year off, I’m writing a bunch of new tunes for the third album which is scheduled to be happening sometime next year. This year was relax time, we weren’t thinking about touring much and didn’t want to be cooped up in the van and busting our ass all night to get to the next show.
How has the early stages of creating and writing for the third album been for you so far?
It was tough at first because you sit with yourself and you’re like, “What do I do next?” You have this riff that you’ve already written and these ideas that you’ve already done. You want it to stay fresh and you just want things to be different than your previous album so you’re wrestling with certain ideas. Especially with Kyng, we’re versatile so we’ll write this heavy thrash song or light rock tunes or somewhat ballads, we have kind of based our writing on what’s happening with ourselves at the time. We just start jamming and if it’s a good thing we carry on with it.
It’s been a little different this time because our drummer Pepe [Clarke Magana] moved back to Mexico and it’s going to be a different way of writing. He’ll be like, “I’m in town for a week” so we’ll hit the studio hard all day every day for like a week straight and hopefully have a handful of songs. I have about four or five songs right now that are f---ing great, that I’m really digging
Well even though you have been taking it easy on the road. You had a couple weeks out with Exmortus, so what is one non-electronic item you must have on tour with you and why?
[Laughs] I’m going to go with toothbrush because I really need one. A cell phone…case? You need the case to protect the phone because you need the phone. If you don’t have the cell phone case you’re going to destroy the f---ing phone right? What else do I need? My keys so I can start the van so I can f---ing drive to the next goddamn show. Keys are good. Paper’s good if you need to write a setlist.
It’s funny because we’ll be starting a tour and depending on the certain crowd or the bands that we’re playing with, we’ll start tailoring the set. Once we know it full on we’re still like, “Make sure you write the setlist dude!” and we still write a setlist even though we have it memorized and know it. There’s been times where I have a setlist in front of me and I’ll f---ing completely forget songs accidentally. [Laughs] That’s the magic of live performances you just get to jam and create rather than playing to a track or CD because that’s boring and f---ing lame.
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