The Sweet Kill released a new song titled “Give It Up”. It starts off with a climax in sound and increase in dramatics before the song reaches a musical climax when it reaches the hook. An interesting quality about this song is that you hear the major difference between both of their vocals. The first vocalist has this soft warm voice, who carries the melody into the beginning before the next vocalist hit us with more of an intricate and outlandish voice that’s zany and eccentric. Both voices then blend and fuses together for the hook, fabricating an electrifying sensation for their listeners.
"Give It Up" has a nice blend of soft emotion to concurrent rock. It leaves that untamed feeling of passion while abundantly displaying the quality of “mainstream”. It also leaves a guitar break for the listeners to enjoy the masterful backtrack instrumental that was produced and put together. Finishing off their sensational song with highlighting the track that stands as a supporting base behind most of the madness that occurs!
Listen to "Give It Up" here and check out our interview with The Sweet Kill below!
Can you tell us how did you form The Sweet Kill?
I was in a glam punk band Flash Bastard for a big part of my career! We went from rags to riches signing a record deal with Nikki Sixx’s record label. We went out on a stadium tour with Motley Crue and the scorpions. We got kicked off of that tour mid way and were in thespotlight non-stop as a result of that story. When Flash Bastard broke up I felt a creative drawn to more emotive songwriting. I met a female hairdresser Forbes and we started a band called Dirty Blonde and signed a deal within one month of forming. I played all the instruments and recorded and mixed the EP as she sang and wrote lyrics. I was so amped for obvious reasons but for the first time I found my voice as an artist and songwriter and especially as a collaborator. Forbes and myself had many offers from major labels and honestly we couldn’t write a bad song. Unfortunately she committed suicide and all the songs I had ready for her to sing, I decided I would sing them myself as a tribute to her. Thus The Sweet Kill was born.
Who are some of your musical influences and why? Do you try to incorporate your musical influences into your music?
Forever 70’s rock and 80’s pop. The raw power of the 70’s led into the pristine cold synth sounds of the 80’s, this juxtaposition has always fascinated me. My default is generally in this realm for unconscious reasons therefore this energy permeates my writing process.
What’s the most challenging aspect of being in a band?
As a bandleader the challenges are selling the product to the masses and keeping in the faces of those industry gatekeepers in a tactful yet persistent way.
Do you think collaborating on multiple music leads to differences in opinions? How do you guys manage to balance out your different styles into one unit?
I like a difference of opinions, its healthy to explore any and all perspectives. The song is already written and it's up to the miners of the song to honour and respect the integrity of the song and to trust the process. So as long as the ego is checked at the door and a commitment to go with the flow is made then it’s usually a pleasant experience. The killers of the productivity are judgment, close mindedness and negativity.
How was the song-writing approach to “Give It Up” considering there’s more than one member of this act?
Give It Up has my friend Voli as a collaborator on this. He brought a very modern pop approach to the song and I was insistent on live drums. The reason was when I got back fro Europe testing out the songs I fell in love with the driving beat one drummer was doing. Then in a meditation I realized I need Darren King from MUTEMATH on the song. Producer Michael Patterson put us in touch and Dave “Rave” Ogilvie tracked the drums as well as mix the song. I figured the song the hills by the Weeknd to me is the loudest 808 ever in a song so I researched who mastered that song and Dave Kutch came up. Due to the undertone of urban feel I was determined to get Dave to put his stamp of low end on this song. The song pretty much wrote itself in an hour but the fine tunings from melodies and lyrics to production moves went on for a while. I’m so happy where it ended up and am curious to see what a DJ remix would look like from say a Diplo or Steve Aoki or Justice!
Any big plans for 2019?
The release of our debut album, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FETIVALS and a national tour.
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