KLAE is a talented drummer and musician that has been hard at work making music for over 20 years. KLAE will be releasing a new EP this year, and has been preparing for that to drop. BareBones Ent got the chance to chat with KLAE about his music. Take a look below and see what all KLAE had to say.
BBE: How did you get your start in music?
KLAE: Funny story, it all started when I ditched school for two weeks in the 3rd grade to go see the local high school drum line every day. From there, four drum lessons, lots of air drumming along to records and a high school talent show brought my first band together, the rest is history.
BBE: The style of music you currently do, is that the style you always wanted to make? If not, what made you change it?
KLAE: While electronic instrumental music was not my first intended direction the themes and motives that I’m working on now have been kicking around in my head for the last 10 years or so, since I was in College for music. I can honestly say this has been a gradual organic change in musical styles for me. A lot of the other music I’ve worked on had a lot of electronic influence; this is just my head-first dive into electronic music.
BBE: Your music seems to have a mixture of influences that you can hear. What would you say are your biggest musical influences?
KLAE: My time spent on tour with Lindsey Stirling had a lot of influence on my musical style for this record, really getting to dissect the parts and how they interact together. I have spent A LOT of time in the last few years listening through Logic’s catalog. His rhythmic devices and harmonies are untouchable and so good. I can’t go without naming JoJo Mayer’s Nerve. As a drummer Jojo’s playing is phenomenal and something I can only hope to attain in my lifetime.
BBE: What challenges do you feel that you face creating your music?
KLAE: I think the biggest challenge for me is to create interesting yet accessible electronic music. So many of my favorite electronic records are either way too long or so complex that often times I find them difficult to listen to without intense focus. I am working to make music that is more accessible yet still engaging and interesting.
BBE: Do you feel that it is more difficult or about the same to create an engaging song that does not have lyrics?
KLAE: I do believe the intention of any good tune is to tell a story. I find it more difficult without lyrics. While writing a great song with lyrics is no easy task, I believe writing great instrumental music with a story is far more daunting. The only dialogue you’re allowed is the track title and potentially a music video to tell a story. I find myself having to create with much more intention and focus to tell any particular story.
BBE: You will be releasing your EP Stomp Out Hate, Love, Repeat. How has the EP come together?
KLAE: After my first solo release last year, these three were the first three tunes to come about and were written during a time when the need for reflection was at its highest. Stomp Out Hate, Love, and Repeat seemed like the simplest solution, they had to go together. If we all were to reflect internally and work to eliminate hate, embrace love, and just repeat the cycle I truly believe we would live in a better world.
BBE: What about the EP are you most excited for fans to hear?
KLAE: I am really excited for fans to hear how all three tunes work to bring this story together. I hope that more people can appreciate the meditative qualities that were written into the tunes from harmonies to rhythmic repetition, it all serves a greater purpose.
BBE: You just released the first single/video off of the album “Stomp Out Hate”. What has been the response to the song and video?
KLAE: The response has been amazing. Most people are getting the story and the intended tension and release through the masterful video editing provided by Greg Downs of Pale Horse Sound.
There have been great comments and more views in the last few weeks than the last video I did had in over a year. I believe its building and working to get the message out.
BBE: Are you planning more single/video releases prior to the EP coming out?
KLAE: Absolutely, Part 2 – Love will be coming out in the next few weeks on July 20th. Part 3 – Repeat will be out later this summer (TBA). Keep an eye on my website for more information and specific dates.
BBE: What is the best way for fans to follow your music and reach out to you?
KLAE: Of course, I love connecting with people. You can find me on Instagram or Facebook. But, if you’d like to get a head start on some of the releases you can sign up for my newsletter via my website www.klaedrums.com. Subscribers always get first look and early access to releases, my fans are family to me and I want them to be a part of the process.
BBE: Anything else you would like to add?
KLAE: I think the only other thing to share is that there’s a lot more music coming and ultimately a live show with hopes of touring in the future. I’ve already started developing music video ideas and plans for the next series of releases off this record. Stomp Out Hate, Love, Repeat is just the beginning.