Breathe Carolina Talk "Hell Is What You Make It"
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:44:37
For just two guys, Breathe Carolina—Kyle Even and David Schmitt—certainly have made a lot of noise with their latest album, Hell Is What You Make It.
In fact, their distillation of electronic music, rock, and pop is nothing short of magnificent. The second the beat drops on the likes of the gold-selling hit single "Blackout" or "They Say You Won't Come Back", it's impossible not to move along with them.
At the same time, lyrically these two musicians pen some truly touching songs, most notably the album closer, "Lauren's Song". Breathe Carolina are the rare group who can meld genres and sound original and can get asses shaking while keeping the synapses firing. In other words, they're everything modern electro or pop really should be…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kyle Even of Breathe Carolina talks Hell Is What You Make It, "Blackout", movies, and so much more…
What's your take on Hell Is What You Make It as a whole?
We did it song by song, and then it just came together. We know the gap we need to fill to make everything feel like a whole work. It's weird. When we first start, we jump around a lot and try a bunch of different random things. It's fun. After a while, you start sewing it all together and making one cohesive piece. It sounds sick.
Is it important for you to incorporate different styles into each song?
There's this feeling or vibe that the songs take on. It's cool how they change per album. Each album in and of itself has a different feeling. I'm excited to really get into finalizing our next thing. We're actually out in California for a month writing and recording. We're working on a new single and tracks for the next record. We've got a lot of work to do, but it's great to start creating and see where that first layer exists. Then, we'll go back and do more.
You can try different things but they all fit into what Breathe Carolina is.
My favorite part about that is the bands we've gotten to play with. It's across the board. We've done heavy tours. We were part of Soundwave in Australia which is a metal festival. To be on the same show as Slayer, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, and Queens of the Stone Age was amazing. At the same time, you had Bring Me the Horizon and Asking Alexandria. It's great we get to do those things as well. We're not restricted to one idea. We're still evolving in that too. I think we're going to try to do some electronic shows just to experiment with it and see if it works. I'm excited for that. That's my next thing I'm looking forward to as far as touring.
What's the story behind "Lauren's Song"?
That song is about our friend Lauren who sadly passed away. She was hit by a car leaving The Roxy right on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. She was one of our best friends. Whenever we were out in California, she'd always be hanging out with us. She was one of the first people to hear "Blackout" and a lot of the other songs on the record. It happened halfway between sessions. During one of the first sessions, we did "Blackout", "Get Off Easy", and "Gone So Long" that ended up on the record. We did a tour, and we were almost back to California when we got the new she passed so we ended up writing a song for her and dedicating it to her memory.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah, it's a bit like reading a book. If there's no beginning, middle, and end, I don't get what you're trying to say to me. If it's just a statement, it's cool. A lot of songs are cool quotes to think about or something funny. That's what makes music so fun. You can literally say whatever you want. I think we try to resonate with something in people. I want them to put themselves in the song and become a part of it. Hopefully, it connects with them. That's the goal with us. We still have our ridiculous songs as well [Laughs].
Do you read a lot or watch many movies?
We hang out with friends. We try to live life. We do watch a lot of movies. There's nothing like actually seeing things, touching things, and experiencing things. That's when you get the most real idea.
What's "Blackout" mean to you now?
Being our first song to go Gold, "Blackout" has lived its life and had its opportunity to be heard. That's the most exciting thing a songwriter in a band could have happen to a song. It's like having your kid go pro in basketball. You're just proud. In turn, it makes you proud of yourself. We put a lot of ourselves in that one. It's a song about getting fucked up, but we like to meet people, get out there, and show ourselves to the world. It's a fun song.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I'm going to say Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny collided with Army of Darkness[Laughs]. I picked those movies because it's the journey from the serious times to the funny things in life. It weaves in and out of that.
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