KRASHKARMA is a hard rocking metal band from L.A. They are currently heading to Europe to promote their latest release “Paint the Devil” and record new music while on the road.
This high energy duo, is sometimes referred to as the White Stripes of metal. Over the years they have won several awards for their outstanding stage performance and hard hitting music style. Starting out at Suicide Holiday -which meant a holiday from suicide- they received some negative feedback from those who did not understand the meaning of their original name.
After stopping in Topeka, KS as KRASHKARMA, Niki answered some questions about her nun-chuck abilities and their future plans as a band.
When you created KRASHKARMA, what sound or music style did you hear in your mind?
The style is the result of all the music styles we like – Metal, Punk, Industrial, Alternative! It is like all the bands we played
in before we started KRASHKARMA.
Is this sound different from what we hear today from K.K.? If so, what inspired this change in your vision?
The idea is the same but the execution evolves. As we get better at what we do we can go crazier with ideas.
It should be the goal of every artist to push themselves to their boundaries and leave their comfort zone
to create something that is bigger than them.
Let’s talk about your 2015 CD release, “Paint the Devil“. How would you describe, for future fans, the sound of that record? What is the message for fans in the music?
First of all we like “songs”. Most metal bands write a guitar riffs and turn it into songs. We write songs and incorporate riffs where they fit.
The sound of the record is pretty heavy compared to our older material, but the songs are just outstanding. We worked hard on our writing skills and
also the lyrics stand their own ground. They come from a dark place but inspire to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When we sing about “Painting The Devil”
it is not about the devil in hell, but the devil which society uses to scare people and turn them into fearful slaves of the system. The devil is not real, only KARMA is – and
that is bigger then politics and religion.
Recording is a very important process for any band. Where did you record “Paint the Devil“ ?
We built a studio in our garage in Los Angeles and that is where we recorded the album. We actually did a video log of it you can watch on our Youtube channel.
At the live show, you two packed some high energy into the performance. What inspires you to play with such passion? Playing music is our passion and when we play live it’s when we feel free to be ourselves and do what we love. Having an audience who is in to the music and rockin with us is always very inspiring to us as well.
Now, at times in your set you broke out nun-chucks, and you played the drums with nun-chucks! This was so cool and unique to see, and it must take great talent to be able to pull off. Can you tell me the back story on how the nun-chuck drum playing came about?
The drum chucks actually came to life during the recording of the album “Paint the Devil” During the creative process, your brain is on over drive and all kinds of things can happen. We needed a break from the writing process and came up with something equally as creative to do for a little distraction and inspiration.
How long did it take you to perfect the form of playing the drums with nun-chucks?
It took a few days to get it all together… from drum placement, figuring out the technique, hitting myself, breaking stuff and coming up with a beat and then playing it… even now, I wouldn’t say I’ve perfected it, but it’s a lot of fun!!!
How many drums did you destroy while perfecting your unique talent?
I actually only destroyed heads of drums. About a dozen… I used all my old cracked cymbals and used heads that I had laying around so I wouldn’t destroy anything that I use for recording or playing live.
Since you have traveled to Europe and are on your way back, what is the European music scene like?
It is great! people are super into our music and we always have a great time over there.
How would you describe the European fans of K.K. in comparison to fans here in the states?
The people over there have a more normal life and therefore go more nuts when they see a rock show!
What is your all time favorite venue to play?
The Boobie Trap in Topeka!
Do you have a memory or story about your favorite venue, you’d like to share?
One time when we played the famous Viper Room in Hollywood, Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns ‘n Roses) was at our show and
got hit in the head by Nikis drum stick. After the show he came backstage with the stick and told her that he got sued by a fan once
for doing the same thing and it cost him one million dollars. Moral of the story.. don’t throw your drumsticks in the audience.
What is something that you hope to add to your live show in the future?
We are always working on improving our live show.. we change it up every couple of months whether it’s a new look to the artwork, lighting or song selection and fun things we add to the set like nun chucks and baseball bats!!
Before a live show, what is your favorite food to indulge in?
Really, we indulge in food after the show.. it’s hard to rock the stage as hard as we do on a full stomach. And as for what exactly… we basically LOVE to eat and especially love home cooked meals or local favorites.
For a touring band, it’s very hard to maintain a good diet on the road. What is the regular diet of K.K. while on the road?
We stay away from fast food. We do our best to eat at locally owned restaurants. We eat a lot of soup and salads and some sort of protein. Probably our biggest weakness is potato chips and peanut M&M’s while driving, but we incorporate nuts and fruits as well. Water is the key though.
For more, about KRASHKARMA, you can watch the video interview, here.