For those who don't know Mike, he is the bassman for the New Jersey 5 piece, Senses Fail. He has recently started a electronica based side project called Knights In Paris and I asked him to do an interview for Coreatorium. He thankfully agreed to do the interview and here it is!!!
This interview is a big step for Coreatorium, so I hope you all enjoy it! And hopefully we will be bringing you more interviews with international artists.
What and who is Knights In Paris?
Knights In Paris is a side project that I decided to start. It's me (Mike) and my friend Nick who plays in a band called Vampire For Hire.
How did you come about Knights In Paris and where didthe name come from?
I was writing songs of my own for a while. Songs that I felt weren't something Senses Fail could pull off, and also wanted to try something different. So finally about almost 10 months ago I decided to turn them into something. I knew the direction wanted to head in, but kind of wanted someone else to do it with. Another "piece to the puzzle." I actually came up with the name searching through my massive cd collection. I wish it was something I totallybrain stormed up myself, but when I saw the name I knew it was just right.
The sampler track on your Myspace page shows adifferent direction from Senses Fail, what can SensesFail fans and others expect from this new sound, willSF fans like KIP?
I can't say ANYONE will like it. You can't expect everyone to love what you do. It definitely doesn't sound anything like Senses Fail. The only similarities would be that there are pop hooks, cause that's what i love. The sample can be a little decieving, but not too far off. It's a beat that was in the works. A simple loop. It kind of shows the kind of programming that will be encorporated in our music. There are rock, dance, electronica, indie, and pop elements in our music. I think it's pretty diverse.
When can we expect the first demos and recordings for KIP?
Well I keep saying soon, but I mean it. I think we should be able to post one within the next couple of weeks. Some are already recorded and hopefully willbe mastered soon.
Are there any plans for a Knight In Paris EP or album?
We would like to release an LP instead of an EP if possible. I'd rather have a bunch of songs for people to check out than a couple, but I guess time will only tell. If all we can do is an EP at first, that's what we'll do.
Has KIP done any live shows yet? Will they sweep theshores of Australia?
No live shows yet. We're kind of hoping to have an album/EP out before we do some shows. But if we can make it out on tour, we'd love to play anywhere and everywhere.
A lot of readers wanna hear about Senses Fail, when will you be back in Australia with Senses Fail?
That's a question I can't really answer at the moment. We're supposed to go back into the studio and record another album after this fall headlining tour.
Still Searching’s release has attracted a lot ofmainstream attention and success. What can we expectfrom the next record?
Another good question. Considering we haven't written anything yet, that waits to be seen.
It says on the KIP Myspace page that you play bass, drums, guitar and sing as well! You are quite the talented musician, how long have you been playing music and your instruments? And what gear do you use in both Knights In Paris and Senses Fail?
I've been playing instruments since the 3rd grade. Started with Trumpet. Then I moved on to guitar when I was 14. Then took up drums when I was 15. I always messed around with bass as well. I played in bands as a drummer for quite some time, and I also played guitar in one band as well before Senses Fail. In Knights In Paris I use an Orange AC-30 guitar head and 2 4x12 Orange Cabs. Also still use Ampeq bass amps (same as Senses Fail). I use an STV-Classic headthrough an 8x10 cab and a sans amp. Seymour Duncan quarter pound pick ups. I also use Fender Guitars. In KIP I use Jazzmasters, and for bass just standard P-Basses. And on drums I use a lovely Spaun Drum Kit. They make some sweet drums.
What are the bands plans for the future? Any newmembers or will it remain the two of you?
It's just gonna be us 2. We will bring other musicians on tour if we play shows. For now our plans are just to start releasing some music.
How do you psyche yourself up before you go on stage to play in front of hundreds of Senses Fail fans?
Honestly, I just stretch and kinda put my head in a different place. I can't really explain where I go mentally haha. It's like being a sports player.
If you were locked in an empty room with no food, with Buddy, Garrett, Dan, Heath and Nick who would you eat first?
What’s in your iPod/CD Player/assorted musicallistening device at the moment?
Recently the new Jimmy Eat World album Chase This Light. Also Tegan and Sara's new record.
Do you have any tips for bands new to the musicindustry?
Do as much as you can yourself. In this day and age people have a lot more opportunities to do everything on your own.
How do you manage to find any time for KIP with the extensive touring with Senses Fail?
I just use whatever spare time I have. Whenever a thought comes to my mind I try to record it or jot it down on paper. Nick also will send me any ideas he comes up with while i'm out on the road.
Any last words?
Thanks for everyone who has checked us out so far. We're working hard to get some tunes out to you guys really soon!
Thanks again dude.