Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
K: If you classify us by our traits, I’d say dark, atmospheric, metal, instrumental.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
K: Brett Walker, guitar. Kaupe formed in the summer of 2016 by myself, and Marc Larabel (drums). The two of us originally played in a band together in the early 2000s. After 14 years of not playing together we decided to reignite the flame, which resulted in the formation of Kaupe. After a year or so of writing songs, and trying out different musicians, we found our bass player, long time friend Pete Medrano, who coincidentally was looking for members for his own band. We tried out several singers, but nothing seemed to click. At that point we decided that finding a keyboardist was the route to take. We found our keyboardist, Patrick Ross, off of a craiglist ad…something I boast about to this day! After all the pieces were in place, our sound slowly evolved into guitar leads, and keys taking the role of a singer.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
K: Musical influences are vast and would probably fill up most of the page. Some of the bands we like are: Faith No More, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nails, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Torche, Interpol, Converge, Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, Deftones, Meshuggah, Helmet, Radiohead.
As far as non-musical influences go, a wide variety of films, life’s experiences, unfortunately COVID has done nothing to help our creative process.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: Our dreams and goals are one in the same, due to COVID. We just want to play real shows on a regular basis again…anything else is an added bonus.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: Our songwriting is definitely a collective effort. Like many bands, our songs are started with a guitar riff, but by the time the song goes from point A to point B it’s changed it’s face many times. Everyone does their part to make the song what it is. Since we’re instrumental and do not have lyrical content, our songs are more mood driven. The moods could reflect personal experiences, current events, or maybe the feeling after reading an article, listening to a song, visual arts, or watching a movie/documentary. Overall, we want the listener to walk away with having some sort of emotional connection to our music, even if there are no words.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: Probably the wrong way, haha! We’re still learning the ins and outs of social media. I personally feel like the music industry has focused more attention on who’s the better promoter, not who writes the best music. Nevertheless, there are still amazing artists emerging daily.
Never in a million years would I have thought that a band would have to wear so many hats. Creative control is nice, but it’s also a lot of work! Our best means to promote Kaupe is with our live show. We put on a great show, and gain the most traction on social media after a show. We miss our fans, and look forward to the days when we can return to playing real shows again.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: I think it’s great that you can share your music with anyone in the world without being on a label. I think most musicians would love to make more money per play on Spotify etc., but after decades of not getting paid for our craft, most of us have accepted it without putting up much of a fight.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: That’s a very hard question to answer. The way we approach songwriting is to try and fill the void with something we think is missing in the musical world. Not saying our songs are the end all be all, but it’s hard to say we wish we wrote a particular song with that sort of mindset. I know…it’s a boring answer haha.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: Kinda getting a little tired of bands working within their designated wheelhouse. I understand not everyone who likes metal is going to like all styles of metal, but to get deep into the minutia of what is, and is not acceptable to a particular genre is frivolous to me. But, that could just be what the artist likes.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: Currently, recording, mixing, and producing our upcoming album.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
K: Getting the promotional machine oiled up and ready to go for our upcoming full-length, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, out Feb. 19th. We’re working on some new tunes as well, trying figure out what the next chapter of Kaupe will be!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
K: We’re on all streaming platforms. If you’d like a high quality download you can visit our bandcamp page: https://kaupe.bandcamp.com/
Drop a line on our social media platforms as well!