Kinkshamer – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Kinkshamer: My name is Riley Rowe, the vocalist for Kinkshamer. We’re a NSFW progressive metalcore act placing a conceptual emphasis on the theme of fetishes, kinks, and other sexual acts.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Kinkshamer: The project formed back in 2018 when I was in college. After coming up with the idea of Kinkshamer and sharing it with a classmate, we began writing and recording songs in a make-shift studio within a dorm. The following year, we released an EP titled ‘Societal Sects,’ which you can check out now on all streaming services. Currently, we’re releasing music videos for each track off that EP.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Kinkshamer: I think you can draw some comparisons in our music to After the Burial, Born of Osiris, Enterprise Earth, or other modern experimental metalcore/deathcore bands. Some other influences worth noting would include The Dali Thundering Concept, Code Orange, King 810, Nine Inch Nails, The Faceless, Make Them Suffer, and Jinjer. As for non-musical, I’d say a lot of visual and film artists like Stanley Kubrick, HR Giger, David Lynch, Namio Harukawa, etc. inspire us as you can see in our recent music video.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Kinkshamer: As much as I enjoy writing and releasing music, I think Kinkshamer’s forte is and will be our live shows. We have plenty of props, visuals, and interactive situations that allow for our shows to be more than just a listening experience.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Kinkshamer: For the ‘Societal Sects’ EP, a previous member wrote the guitar, bass, and drum programming, where I’d come into the studio to assist in the more finite details, song structure, and lyrics. All of our songs stick to a theme of a specific fetish, kink, or aspect of sex. For example, “Beauty and the Beast” pertains to beastiality with the following piece “A Most Vulgar Display” discusses the act of public sex and voyeurism.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Kinkshamer: So far, we’ve only had one show last year where we opened for the homoerotic deathcore act Brojob. The turnout was great and it was a really fun debut show for Kinkshamer.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Kinkshamer: If you’re referring to purchasing mp3s and streaming, I have no problem really with it. Sure, it’s less quality than vinyl or a CD and it pays artists less than purchasing physicals, but technology led us here and I’d rather realistically embrace the present than live in the past. As for illegally downloading, I get it. I’d never endorse illegal downloads, but sometimes it’s a necessity in certain situations. I myself used Limewire of Pirate Bay back in middle school before I had money to purchase music and before streaming services existed. While it was probably wrong for me to do so on both a legal and ethical level, I discovered many bands and found a much larger appreciation for music leading me to support artists passionately now. So in the end, find and consume music in whatever way you may, as long as you’re aware of the consequences and support artists somehow at the end of the day.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Kinkshamer: “Concrete” by Poppy from her latest album is an extremely weird masterpiece in genre fusion. If you’re open-minded, I definitely recommend checking out her new record, ‘I Disagree.’ I hope to capture a similar wacky, dynamic energy in future Kinkshamer material.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Kinkshamer: I think there’s a strange misconception nowadays that artists shouldn’t hold or publicly express political opinions. When I see a headline about an artist expressing their opinion on a political matter, yet the comments condone such and claim that musicians should just stick to music, it seems so dismissive of impactful political artists like Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, or Stray From the Path. Musicians can and should have political opinions and be able to express them in any form they safely want to.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Kinkshamer: Considering this is my first legitimate band, releasing our first full EP was super rewarding. I think the day it was released, we went to go see Lords of Chaos in theaters to celebrate.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Kinkshamer: We just released a music video for “Foreplay / Beauty and the Beast,” which you can check out now on YouTube. We’ll be releasing three more videos, one each Saturday this October. After that, hopefully we can get back to writing and recording for a follow-up to the last EP soon.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Kinkshamer: Unfortunately, shows aren’t exactly available at the moment, but fingers crossed that things will be safe enough next year to get back on the stage. Kinkshamer’s live shows strive to be not only a listening experience, but very visual and interactive, which I think is an element lacking in many modern metal concerts.