Sunday, June 19, 2011

Interview - Show Preview - HotKid - 6/23/11 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

HotKid will be opening for Sloan this Thursday, 6/23 at the Rex Theater. The band is a duo made up of Shiloh Harrison (guitar/vox) and Rob Butcher III (drums) based out of Toronto. The young twosome is touring behind their latest EP titled Under the Streetlight which came out this past year. The band was kind enough to answer a few questions for us concerning their admiration for Sloan to this being their first US tour. Also, find videos of the band throughout the interview.

Could you give us a little background on how you became. You are a 2 piece, have you ever had any other members in the band?

Shiloh: HK has always been a two piece - we started out me and my gal pal Ra Ra - - about five, six years ago - I just found long lost pics of us - we looked like babies - Ra Ra left to take on the world and Peter McIntosh took up the drum sticks - we toured tirelessly back and forth to Canada's east coast for about 4 years in our beloved van Goldie - Petey retired a little over a year ago and Robbie stepped up to the kick drum.

Rob: Always a two-piece, there's enough to deal with when 2 people are in a band - I don't know how bigger bands keep it together. It started out as a logistics thing - find one person you can make music with and do it!

When touring do you still perform as a 2 piece?

Rob: Like when Black Keys add two guys but it doesn't sound any better? I kid.

Shiloh: We're a two piece - we don't even put bass on our recordings. Maybe one day we'll travel with an all female horn section. Who knows, anything is possible.

You grew up in Canada near Lake Ontario. How is the music scene there? Supportive?

Shiloh:Well it depends - Toronto is full of musicians - we've been lucky to be surrounded by like minded people who make amazing music. They come out to shows and make appearances in videos and listen to our music and vice-versa. The outskirts of TO can be pretty hurtin sometimes - but there are scenes of people doing really creative amazing stuff.

Rob: Like any other scene I guess. Lots of awesome groups. The majority of people not from here are aware of about 1% of them.

Do you feel its more difficult building a following in Canada then the US?

Rob: I don't think we'll have a problem growing our following once we actually tour across Canada and throughout the US. Haven't strayed too far from home yet. I'll let you know in a year.

Shiloh:No idea - we're about to find out!!

You will be touring with Sloan who have been around forever and have a strong following. Did you grow up listening to them? How did the tour come about?

Shiloh: Yeah man - Sloan are totally Canada - totally east coast rockers. It's crazy! Robbie tells the story best. I think he prayed to the rock gods every night since he was like 14 probably.

Rob: Sloan are without a doubt my favorite band of all time. They has never been a bigger fan opening for them, and that's a fact. We got really lucky in that they reached out to us. This is dream come true.

How do you go about creating your music? Do you all contribute to the lyrics and music?

Rob: Shiloh writes the core of the song, and I play drums along to it. Pretty simple.

Shiloh: Yeah - I usually write it - lyrics and music on the ol' guitar - sing something - bring it to Robbie and go from there.

What would you like to accomplish as a band? What are the goals?

Shiloh:Keep making music - hopefully people care about it.

Rob: I'm really happy with the gradual climb we've been having. It seems with each passing month there are more people who are aware of us, and opportunities keep falling into our lap. We're very fortunate.

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

Shiloh:Wow, I struggle with this question everyday. Haha. I don't think I decided, I think music picks you. I loved east coast Canadian music. Elevator is a huge inspiration - so is Neil Young. Singing it from the heart ya know? That's what's really inspiring.

Rob: Back to Sloan, I was 15 when I first saw them on the One Chord tour, and that show blew my mind. They are without a doubt my biggest influence, as I'm sure you'll see on the 23rd.

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

Shiloh:Hiiiiiii Pittsburgh!!!!!! Our first US show will be with you guys!! Yeah!!!

Rob: It's our first time here! Were any cool movies shot here? Let's have some fun together at The Rex! See you then!

HotKid will open for Sloan with doors opening at 7p and show beginning at 8p. You can find ticket information here .