Munich quartet KYTES – Michael Spieler (vocals/guitar), Timothy Lush (drums), Kerim Öke (guitar/synths), Thomas Sedlacek (bass) – open up about their debut EP ‘On The Run’ (out now via Lichtdicht Music), touring, people making promises they can’t keep, breaking free from old habits and living for the weekend…
To get a taste of their sparkling blend of electronic infused indie with touches of pop bliss, check out this live busking video for ‘On The Run’.
Michael says: “We are on the run, it’s been a rollercoaster ride creating our debut EP. So far it’s been an unforgettable journey and it’s only just begun.”
First up guys…Can you tell us 5 things we should really know about KYTES?
Hi! We’re Michael, Timothy, Kerim and Thomas
We’re four best friends
We’re food lovers
Our first Song Inner Cinema was released in May 2015
Our Debut EP ‘On The Run’ is out since November 20th.
How did you start and when?
We started KYTES while recording new songs for our old band Blind Freddy in January 2015. During the time in the studio we realised it was time for something new and fresh.
We set new ambitions and goals, while our old band was kind of a high school band. Now we put all our time and energy into KYTES. We work together with a cool team and it feels really good.
Can you talk a bit about your debut EP ‘On The Run’?
The EP’s title track ‘On The Run’ means a lot to us as it kind of describes our current story. Breaking free from old habits and barriers – being on the run and starting a new life.
Musically there’s a lot of diversity. The second song TWO OF US has a funky disco feel to it, the lyrics are pretty serious as they deal with a split personality.
WEEKEND PRINCE is a easy feel good song with some funky vibes in the chorus with the basic message of. living for the weekend.
FUTURE KIDS is the deepest song on the EP with a soft chorus and a dancy hook.
The last song, INNER CINEMA was the first song we released. It’s a straight up and down Indie tune. Its a fun live song and you can definitely party to it.
Who are your influences in the music industry?
We love Bands like Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix or The Strokes. But we also dig music from more electronic acts like Jamie XX, Flume or even Major Lazer.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
The hardest thing about the music industry is, that there are so many people who only talk and make promises they can’t keep. It takes lots of time figuring out who you can really listen to, and then trust.
Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?
Our friends and family and of course our great team including Christoph Schaller and Ferdinand Feldmann who shot all photos and videos. Paul Putzar who designed the artwork for the EP. Lichtdicht Music our label here in Germany. Deckstar our Management from LA.
You are currently on a sixteen date tour across Germany, are you planning any live shows in UK/Ireland and what will they be like?
Going on a tour to the UK / Ireland would be a dream come true. Right now it’s step by step. But we would definitely love to visit your beautiful country as soon as possible!
The shows we’ll be loud, energetic, sweaty and fun!
What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?
We just love to see people enjoy the show – to see people dance and sing along to our music is amazing. If we can hi-jack our audience for one hour, and they can forget everything around them, all their troubles and daily routines, then we’ve done a good job.
What distracts you while you’re on stage?
There are not many things that can distract you while being on stage, as it requires a lot of concentration. We played a show in Leipzig last week, where we could see a couple arguing and fighting during our set – this was kind of distracting 🙂
What’s coming next for you?
We will be writing more songs for the next two months or so and hopefully head back to the studio in February to complete our debut album. We’re really looking forward to the festival season next summer. We’ll probably release the album after the festivals in early autumn.
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk