HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH KILTRO
Who came up with your stage name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Kiltro comes from the Chilean slang word “quiltro,” which means a mixed breed dog. At first, it was intended to be the name of a musical project that was specifically about a port city that I was living in named Valparaiso, which is a colorful, bohemian, urban-playground of a city that happens to be full of street dogs. Before that even, it was the idea for a series of short stories.
On the other hand, it also works as a stage name because of my background as someone of mixed heritage, but that wasn’t the original intention, though it is my excuse for making it a moniker.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
I grew up listening to a lot of Chilean folk artists like Violeta Parra, Victor Jarra, and Inti-Illimani, but was obsessed with acts like Deerhunter, Swans, and Devendra Banhart through University. Most recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Amadou & Mariam as well as Andrew Bird’s new album Are You Serious. I’ve been studiously watching his live performances online and they’re amazing.
What’s your songwriting process?
I usually start with the hook. The lyrics are generally born from whatever phrases I mumble through when I build the vocal melody. Thematically, that means that it’s a process of excavating whatever my mind has impulsively spit out and then trying to make sense of it. And the rest is usually like bleeding a stone. If I can’t write the song in a few hours, it will take me weeks.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
I had a few of those as I tend to get easily obsessed with bands. The album I played the most was probably OK Computer by Radiohead.
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
As a performer, I’m not sure, but I once walked with Bonobo to his tour van because I happened to walk by the venue as he was leaving. I’m not sure that counts but in either case, he’s a really nice guy.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Mostly I just try my best not to think about the gig until about an hour before I get on stage. Then I attempt to mentally confront my nerves and force myself to be present to them, because otherwise I get up there with a kind of evasive attitude that can make the whole experience a bit meaningless.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
I have some demos on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/kiltro-music. You can also find a live session performance on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KiltroMusic/, or check out some of my weirder, effects driven stuff on my instagram @kiltromusic.
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
I have an EP coming out in the next couple months, some short tours this summer on the West Coast in the states, and then, fingers crossed, a music video, which I plan on filming in the fall.
YOU CAN CATCH KILTRO AT THE LUCKY PIG ON THE 22ND OF MAY - RSVP HERE
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