EMQ’s With KAUPE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with DeLand, Florida based Instrumental Progressive Metal band, Kaupe. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brett Walker, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Brett Walker, guitar. Kaupe formed in the summer of 2016 by myself, and Marc Larabel (drums). The two of us originally formed a band called Loss For Words in the early 2000’s. The two of us eventually parted ways, and 14 years later decided the time was right to jam again. After a year or so of writing songs we landed our bass player, long-time friend Pete Medrano, who was actually looking for members for his own band. After several singer try-outs, we realized that great singers were impossible to find, we chose to be an instrumental band rather than have a singer butcher our songs. The final member of the band was Patrick Ross (keys), who I still say was one of my best craigslist finds to date!
How did you come up with your band name?
Kinda funny actually, I’ll try to sum it up as best as I can. It came out of an inside joke where we coined the term Hawaiian Werewolf. Shortly after, the term was considered as a band name, but was later shortened to “H. Werewolf”, the first track off our 2018 album “The Depths”. The singer of my other band “Junior Bruce” decided to google Hawaiian Werewolf, and the legend of Kaupe was the first thing that popped up. Google Kaupe on your own, it’s a pretty cool Hawaiian folklore legend, and it’s a one-word band name, which is hard to come by these days.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from DeLand, FL., but most of what we consider to be our local shows are in Orlando, 45 min away. The scene in Orlando is pretty eclectic, and filled with a ton of great bands from all different styles (metal, indie rock, punk, electronic, funk, singer/songwriter). It has been really good to us since we have such a wide range of influences, and can jump on mixed bills from time to time. There’s nothing wrong with a little cream in the coffee as far as we’re concerned…good music is good music. Too many of the same type of bands on one bill can be boring as hell.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Latest release: full-length “Cognitive Dissonance” (Releases 19/02/21).
First single off album: ‘Death Rattle’
Who have been your greatest influences?
This is always the hardest question for me since my influences change daily as far as what inspires me to write a song. Sometimes it’s actually a movie, or a soundtrack from a movie. I’d say if you were to sum up collective influences here are some of our biggest: Faith No More, Dillinger Escape Plan, Bach, Ben Folds, Tool, The Mars Volta, Torche, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Converge, Pixies, Depeche Mode, Contortionist, Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, Deftones, Meshuggah, Helmet, Radiohead, Fear Factory, and Led Zeppelin. Lately I’ve been jamming on Entombed.
What first got you into music?
My older sister used to bring me home concert T-Shirts, and got me into GnR, and Metallica at a young age. Megadeth was soon to follow. My dad also listed to bands such as: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Dave Clark Five, Beach Boys, Beatles, and all the classics.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Josh Homme would definitely be one of them, dude’s badass.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Any fest in Australia, cause I’ve always wanted to go/play there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not sure, skip!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We miss you. Covid sucks ass.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Bob Ross of course.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Enjoy: Performing live is the absolute best thing about being a musician.
Hate: Having to think about anything involving social media.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Having to think about anything involving social media.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
God….probably a tie between “Ride The Lightening” and “Dirt”, there are no bad songs on either of those albums.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Since I’m always bouncing mixes down, anything that can go on your phone is what’s best for me. Vinyl, if you’re the stay at home and listen to music type.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably a local show at Will’s recently, where I locked my keys in my car with all my gear inside, and got a locksmith to open my door 5 minutes before we were to set up on stage. Even though we were the last band on the bill, everyone stayed, and rocked the fuck out.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d be somewhere with a better job not thinking about social media.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Bob Ross if he were still alive, Joaquin Phoenix, Mike Tyson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Dave Chapelle. Let’s see what happens.
What’s next for the band?
Dreaming of playing live shows again, buying more gear, writing more tunes, and continuing to craft our sound.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
What is a Jaffa?
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