07/24/2011

KISS DRUMMER ERIC SINGER INTERVIEW

KISS Drummer Eric Singer Featured In Exclusive BW&BK Interview

BW&BK scribe Mitch Lafon recently caught up with KISS drummer Eric Singer, discussing a variety of subjects in anticipation of the band's July 24th appearance at Heavy MTL.

Singer: "KISS has always been somewhat of a unifying and polarizing band. Just like buying a car buying a car or eating at a restaurant Ė you go by participation. If I donít like something I donít buy it. I donít support it. You vote with your wallet, but KISS is about the show and about having a good time. Being in KISS is a lot of hard work. Itís not easy like everybody thinks. Iíve been in a lot of bands and nothing takes the amount of energy, effort and work as it does to play in KISS. Iíve seen Paul almost yawning before he goes on stage, but when the lights go down Ė BAM. Heís running around, jumpingÖWhatís important is when you are on that stage. Thatís when you have to give 100%..Ē

-- On the KISS audience: "Weíve seen how the audience has changed over the past few years. Itís now more of an all-ages show. I liken KISS to Disneyworld or Universal Studios Ė itís one of these spectacle things that youíve got to go see."

-- On Heavy MTL: "We love Montreal. Itís a beautiful city. Iím glad that weíre going back there to play the Heavy MTL festival. And we have a day off there, which is very cool."KISS Drummer Eric Singer Featured In Exclusive BW&BK Interview

BW&BK scribe Mitch Lafon recently caught up with KISS drummer Eric Singer, discussing a variety of subjects in anticipation of the band's July 24th appearance at Heavy MTL.

Singer: "KISS has always been somewhat of a unifying and polarizing band. Just like buying a car buying a car or eating at a restaurant Ė you go by participation. If I donít like something I donít buy it. I donít support it. You vote with your wallet, but KISS is about the show and about having a good time. Being in KISS is a lot of hard work. Itís not easy like everybody thinks. Iíve been in a lot of bands and nothing takes the amount of energy, effort and work as it does to play in KISS. Iíve seen Paul almost yawning before he goes on stage, but when the lights go down Ė BAM. Heís running around, jumpingÖWhatís important is when you are on that stage. Thatís when you have to give 100%..Ē

-- On the KISS audience: "Weíve seen how the audience has changed over the past few years. Itís now more of an all-ages show. I liken KISS to Disneyworld or Universal Studios Ė itís one of these spectacle things that youíve got to go see."

-- On Heavy MTL: "We love Montreal. Itís a beautiful city. Iím glad that weíre going back there to play the Heavy MTL festival. And we have a day off there, which is very cool."

-- On the new album: "Weíve done eight songs so far. Doing this summer run keeps it fresh, but mainly it gets you playing at a more intense level and that helps you bring that intensity back into the studio. Right now, the album doesnít have a title because weíre not done, but this isnít The Elder where we have a theme for the whole record. Itís a straight-ahead rock KISS record and I think this stuff so far is stronger better material (than Sonic Boom). Itís more riff-y which makes it more interesting."

"This album will have more production (than Sonic Boom), so in that sense it might be leaning more towards a Destroyer type approach. Iíve asked to have my drums put in a bigger room because I want to get a big soundÖ a more bombastic drum sound. Weíve taken more time to get better sounds on this recording."

-- On doing a vocal on the new album: "Thereís been talk about it, but until we do itÖ The plan is to have me sing a song and to have Tommy do one, but weíve never asked to sing a song. Paul is the producer and that was his choice and decision. It was him encouraging me to sing. He knows that Iím actually shy when it comes to that. Iím not a shy person for the most part, but I am when it comes to singing."

"A lot of people say, ĎI can play circles around that guy,í but I realized a long time ago that you canít let it be about you. You have to be smart enough to know your place in the band. You have to play for the song, play for the music and keep your own personal shit out of it. You have to have that attitude if youíre going to work for people. Iíve got to do the job that Iím hired to do."

Remaining dates on KISS' North American summer tour are as follows:

July
24 - Heavy MTL Festival - Montreal, QC
26 - Casino Rama - Orillia, ON
27 - Colosseum at Caesars Windsor - Windsor, ON
28 - Turning Stone - Verona, NY

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