Kilonova – Interview
Interview with Ellen Hill (Vocals) with Kilonova and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Ellen – I’m a thrash metal vocalist for Kilonova
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Ellen – I’m 21 and have been studying and playing music my entire life. When I was 13 I started listening to a lot of metalcore bands and discovered In This Moment. For me that was a turning point, Maria Brink was the first woman I heard who screamed it really opened my eyes and made me want to do it myself.
I used to gig and play in some other bands but when I moved to University, I answered a post from Joe bassist looking for a vocalist for a new band called Kilonova, the rest is kinda history now.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Ellen – Musically as I just mentioned it’s got to be Maria Brink as a vocalist, I also really love Alien Weaponry, I got introduced to them at Bloodstock 2018 and have been really inspired by them.
Non-musical my biggest influence is my older sister Kirsty; she’s always been supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do but still kept my feet on the ground. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have gone to university and be doing anything I am now.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Ellen – My biggest dream is to make an impact on people with our music, be that just having a great time at our shows or really connecting with the lyrics. I know how much music has done for me, so being able to do that for someone else would be amazing.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Ellen – Generally we all write our own parts and then come together as a band to work on them. Normally Jonny or Joe will send a riff idea in the group chat and we will all work from that. We also have writing sessions as a band which really helps us fine tune an idea before we start hammering it out.
Lyrically, both Joe and I contribute. A lot of the time he’s correcting my spelling mistakes.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Ellen – We use a lot of social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to promote the shows. Word of mouth as well, which I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing about.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Ellen – There are so many streaming sites people can to listen to music that cost very little, but at the same time I understand not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford it.
I think if you are still supporting the band by going to shows, sharing their music around. Then downloading it isn’t as bad.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Ellen – That’s a hard one, I guess it would have to be ‘Whispers’ by ‘Alien Weaponry’, I really admire their ability to bring their culture into their music though the Māori language.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Ellen – I have a few to be honest, especially when it comes to my personal experience within Kilonova. I think one of the main ones is people assuming we are going to sound a certain way because we have a female singer. Don’t get me wrong, I love bands like Nightwish but you get pretty sick of the same ‘Oh I thought you guys were going to sound like Nightwish’.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Ellen – I think I would have to narrow it down to my top three because there have been so many! Releasing our first EP Omnicide and getting reviewed in Kerrang!; Releasing our first music video and new single Immortal and playing the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock in 2018.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Ellen – At the moment with everything going on with COVID-19 we are all working towards the second EP, thankfully we have the internet so we can still write even though we are miles apart.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Ellen – Our EP Omnicide and new single Immortal are available on all streaming sites including Spotify and Apple Music. You can also buy them from iTunes to help support us in creating new music.