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KIPANI

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW KIPANI WHAT HAPPENED?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Life is mundane; Music is adventure.  Who doesn’t want to live out their creative dreams and aspirations in front of an audience, or knowing that someone took something from a song you wrote? There is no feeling like contributing to the ever-growing catalog of music and sharing it with the world.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

All three of us come from musical backgrounds, and starting at an early age.  Mike started in formal school bands (jazz, marching band, etc), Sean’s dad was a local rocker and showed him the ropes, Tiffany starred in musical theater and took piano lessons.  We’ve all felt the power of music and the creative “bug” that kept buzzing around us into adulthood.  Mike and Sean played in bands for years together, mostly cover bands.  Tiffany started songwriting and needed collaborators to bring her songs to life. We were lucky to find eachother to express that creative need and develop our sound and chemistry.

What was life like for you before music?

Was there life before music?  I’m not sure any of us would say we knew anything before music.  Gosh, I can even remember my little wind-up toys, and the bops that came from those things.  We were all very exposed to music and fell in love with it early on in life.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

We all grew up during the pinnacle of early 2000s pop punk and emo scene, so I’d say the catalog of hits during that time really influenced us.  We watched bands on MTV2’s music video rotation, and they were speaking our language, ya know?  If we had to pick a song, it’d probably be “Cute Without the E” by Taking Back Sunday.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We’re definitely on the “unknown” side of the spectrum, but we’re gunning for the “where are they now” side.  Being an independent band, we’re not just musicians – we’re the booking, marketing, PR, research and development, IT, graphic designers, etc.  Its taxing, but rewarding when we get a new fan.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Our band has been dealt some “interesting” hands in this industry.  The biggest takeaway being that no one will ever work as hard as you at your craft or brand.  Finding your team that buys in is vital. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Band edition!!:
1. We (on the regular) pick on each other for how we smell.

2. One time while shooting a music video, we got the cops called on us.

3. Our favorite thing to do on the road is guess movie soundtracks based on soundbites.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Something we are always striving for is to cut through the saturated market that is “independent music.”  There is SO MUCH talent and good music out there, and, as a listener, its easy to skip through or just not pay attention.  We’re searching for that perfect blend of authenticity and marketing that reaches the masses. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

We’re big believers in being true to yourself and being true to others.  If you’re honest in that way, then the critics will know where you’re at.  Also, if you don’t do douchey things, people will have nothing to say. But you can’t risk the creative process to how the end user will react.  Thats being true to yourself in the most holistic way.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

That is definitely a question for our drummer Mike. You name it, he signs up for it (jk, love you Mike!)

What was the worst experience on stage?

The worst experience we have had on stage as a group would have to be something that happened pretty recently actually. We were hosting an event called “The Bitter Ball for Broken Hearts”, and we were the last band to perform. We were doing an acoustic set and we were so psyched to finally get up on stage. It was the first song and Sean headbanged a little too hard right into his guitar. Long story short, it looked like a murder scene and he will forever have a badass scar on his forehead because of it. We can laugh about it now,  but it was definitely a scary moment at the time. 

Tell us something about you all that you think people would be surprised about.

Tiffany has IMDB credit for a movie she starred in that was never released and will never be seen by anyone in the world. Ever. (google it, you won’t!)

Sean is a nationally ranked pinball player.

Mike almost died at an early age choking on a McNugget, but he was rescued by his mother who performed the heimlich maneuver. He was locally famous for one day. He was on the news. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

We have A LOT of things in the works for Kipani. The biggest thing we have upcoming in the near future is shows, shows, shows! We are currently planning our biggest tour run to date and we cannot wait to take our music to new cities and listeners. 

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

He ruined twitter, but space cars are kinda cool…

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Our most recent release, “Seventeen”, is the 3rd single release off our upcoming EP which will be out this August! This EP is a collection of songs that focus on human connection and disconnect. We wanted to create something that is so intimate and relatable that it feels uncomfortable. Almost as if you as the listeners are reading the personal pages of our diary where we speak on our innermost thoughts, struggles, and fears. We soften the blow with catchy hooks and undeniable poppy arrangements. It’s like anxiety but fun!

What was the recording process like?

We are definitely products of our OCD and the recording process was no different. Once we decided on the pieces that fit together and told the story we wanted, we took to the white board planning out EVERYTHING. We had a timeline to keep with this EP so it was important to be strategic.

Demo recording with a click, piano, and scratch vocals. Then, Mike recorded drums over the demo. Next up, Tiffany laid out all the vocals. Final process was Sean putting on his producer hat and really bringing these songs to life. Bass, guitar, synth layers, and whatever other magic he does. The last step is all of us coming together and really getting creative with all the final touches. We always strive to create interesting and impactful music that also challenges us as musicians, and we are beyond proud of what we accomplished with this EP.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

We experimented more with heavy synth layers in this EP so one of the learning curves was adjusting the drum dynamics and figuring out how to blend it with the sound. Mikes is such a diverse drummer so once we honed in on things, it all just seemed to flow naturally and the soundscape we were able to create by pushing ourselves with this process is pretty awesome. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

You can’t ask a musician this question because we will always want to change things! In all honesty though, we are very happy with how everything came together. If we have to pick one thing to change…well, we’ve always wanted to use a live choir in one of our songs so that would definitely be a cool addition. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

If you have a spotify playlist, add our music! If you are on social media, follow us! If we are coming to a city near you, come out to a show! Being an independent artist is a grind and we cannot express enough how much of a difference online engagement can make. Support your local bands and be kind to one another 🙂 

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