Lots of bands choose one style of music and stick with it. Breathe Carolina take a bunch of different styles and smash them together. What they come up with is their own unique brand of sound. Frontman Kyle Even happily took a break from all this creativity to answer a few of my questions.
PPJ: First, tell us your name and what you do in the band.
Kyle Even: I'm Kyle and I sing in Breathe Carolina!
PPJ: What initially got you interested in music? Who were some of your favorite bands growing up?
Kyle: My step brother was a huge influence because he would show us all kinds of bands and groups - started me on Green Day, White Zombie- then got me into 2pac and Bone Thugs! Those were some of my favorites as well!
PPJ: How did the music you were playing with your old bands evolve into what you're doing now with Breathe Carolina?
Kyle: Screaming in other bands helped! But musically nothing really stands out - I wouldn't be here without those people believing in me though! But the music is so different in writing, recording and playing that we had to figure out a lot on our own.
PPJ: You have a bunch of musicians who tour with you. Are they different people every tour? Do you ever consider making them permanent members - why or why not?
Kyle: They are the same every tour unless they don't want to come out- but it's been the same for a year now so I don't see it changing any time soon!! They are permanent to us - just 'cause they aren't in pictures doesn't make them less important- they'd still be doing the same things and nothing would change- we'll have to see what the future holds.
PPJ: What went into writing and recording It's Classy, Not Classic?
Kyle: We had to finish the record on the road cause we did it ourselves - David wrote, recorded and produced the whole record.
PPJ: Where did you come up with the name for your album?
Kyle: David thought it up- it's about living life as hard as you can without worrying about the past and future.
PPJ: What do you think of your fairly rapid rise to the public eye?
Kyle: Things have definitely grown quickly! I just hope people are having fun with what we've created! It's been amazing getting to play venues that we could have only dreamed about!
PPJ: How do you think you managed to grab peoples' attention so quickly?
Kyle: I don't know? I think that secret is with the people who have been listening to our songs! I have no idea!!
PPJ: How did you get in with Rise Records?
Kyle: Our manager is good friends with Craig from Rise- he sent our songs to him and he sent us a contract! We signed about 3 months later but he was the first to offer us a deal!
PPJ: What's the music scene in Denver like? Is it easy or hard to break out from there?
Kyle: It's easier than some places- the local scene is great! People are very supportive! No matter where you live it's gonna be hard to break- but Denver definitely gave us a step up!
PPJ: Have you been writing new songs? What are you hoping to do with your music now?
Kyle: Ya we have! We just want to make fun songs - songs we want to write and play - hopefully they'll reach someone on a deeper level- but as long as they hit us hard then that's all I can ask for!!
PPJ: What do you hope people will take away with them when they listen to your music?
Kyle: Have fun and be yourself!
PPJ: Finally, tell us three bands you think we should be listening to.
Kyle: Bring Me The Horizon, Emarosa and Anarbor.
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