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Klogr Interview


Klogr Interview

Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views Interview with Rusty (Klogr lead vocals / guitar)

With two albums, a DVD and 23 dates supporting Prong on their European tour, the alternative metal band, KLOGR, is back, heavier and more powerful than ever.

 KLOGR release their third studio album ‘Keystone’ (mixed by Grammy winning producer David Bottrill – Stone Sour, Muse, Rush, Tool and more) on 6th October via Zeta Factory (distributed in the UK/Europe by PHD).

We managed to catch Lead Vocalist/Guitarist, Rusty for a chat about all things Klogr

PD. What type of artist are you?
R. Klogr is an alternative rock band formed by 4 elements: me (Rusty) on guitars and lead vocals, PQ (guitars, backing vocals), Maicol (Drums), Robby (Bass). I also write the lyrics and a lot of the music. KLOGR is my favourite tool to share my thoughts, I’m pretty shy and music is my voice.

 

I also write the lyrics and a lot of the music. KLOGR is my favourite tool to share my thoughts, I’m pretty shy and music is my voice.

 

PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
R. I started to play music when I was 14, by the age of 20 I started to study music production and at 24 I began my career as a producer and musician in a local band (Bologna – Italy).In 2010 I decided to give life to an international project and Klogr was born: we released our first album in 2011, then we went immediately on tour in the USA and Europe. In 2014 we played 23 shows in a row with Prong supporting their European Tour and now we are ready to release our third album Keystone”, produced by David Bottrill.

PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
R. I really love all “real” music, made by good musicians.
As a teenager, I fell in love with Metallica, but on my path I learned to appreciate all different kinds of music. Speaking of alternative rock, I love Chevelle, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Tool.
One of my mostly inspirational heroes is Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd. He is an activist and a warrior and he’s working on the preservation of this planet and our oceans since 1977.

PD. What are your dreams and goals?
R. I reached all my goals: I can play my music, I have a job in the music market, I work with amazing bandmates, I have great friends and a lovely family.
The only dreams that are still left in my box are maybe to play more around the world and, most of all, that human kind will learn to “use” the resources of our planet with more conscience and
respect.

PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
R. I am the main writer, but the contribution of the others member is gold.
For the last album me and PQ wrote the 90% of the music.
In the last 2 records I wrote the lyrics with Jody Gray, a writer from New York. He really helped me to translate the sense and the meaning of what was on my mind. When you are not a mother tongue, it’s not easy to explain your thoughts in the right way.
The new lyrics are about the environment, others about “The Big Questions”, others again are more personal or talk about some aspects of our society. Often, man identifies himself as the keystone of our planet, while he is simply a guest, sometimes an uncomfortable one who adapts the environment to his own idea of well-being. Most often this idea leads to pauperisation and misuse of the habitat.

PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
R. We are very lucky because we have an amazing staff, press office, promoters and a good
management.
We use social media, videos and many other tools.
For the upcoming Keystone promotional Tour we’re going to support The Rasmus and many shows are already sold out. That is promotion in itself.

PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
R. Everything is changing in the music business, the CD is now a vintage object. You can’t stop the progress, but you have to find others ways. I’m a big fan of vinyls and CDs and I also understand that now everything is fast and on the palm of your hand. You can do almost everything with a smart phone, including listening to music and watching music videos. We can’t escape this reality. We still like to print beautiful CDs and our albums come out always in special packaging with images and pictures to complete the world of KLOGR. Music download is not good for the music industry, but you can’t stop it.

 

Everything is changing in the music business, the CD is now a vintage object. You can’t stop the progress, but you have to find others ways.

 

PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
R. The industry is dead. The music is still alive. Live shows are still alive. The fans are still alive. Which is good: more live music, more real contact with the audience. I think that could be the only way to remain alive in the music business.

PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
R. The Pot by Tool, it’s a perfect song to me.

PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
R. Human arrogance and disrespect for nature.

PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
R. To make an album with David Bottrill.

PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
R. After 2 year away from the scene we’re coming back. The first show will be on September 22nd in Milan. New songs, same energy and attitude. We spent a lot of time in the studio and we are really in a good shape. After that, in November it will be the time for our Europen tour, you can’t miss it. 
It’s gonna be a blast!

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Klogr links:
Band location – Carpi (Italy) – San Diego California (USA)
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