Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Jimkata

Tell Us About

Your latest single you have released:

Hard Headed

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

The first single we released for this album was Wanna Go.  I was very stoked about both the song and video and the bar it set for the releases going forward. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Probably Low Low or Trunkaphonic.  Low Low because I just love the way its produced, our work on it as musicians and the sentiment of the song at the time was very sincere for me.  Trunkaphonic because it feels like its ahead of its time and we were trying to create a sound that we didn’t yet know how to create.  We’re always trying to push against our own limitations.

Your favourite song to play live:

Feel in Light.  It’s all vibe and groove.  

The best lyric you have ever written:

It would be hard to declare that for myself but I know one that people often quote is “all the best things seem to surface after the worst times, all the worst things seem to come around after the best times…”  Something about that cyclical nature of life that rings true.  

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Nerves and excitement all at once.  You’re hoping everything is working properly and you can start playing without any technical issues.  You see the crowd and feel the anticipation.  By the time you get halfway through the first song or into the second, the nerves start to settle out and hopefully you feel in the flow.

The hardest track to play live:

We have a song called Concrete Beatdown off of our EP Ghosts and Killers that can be tough to play.  It’s a fast tempo and a lot of playing riffs and singing at the same time which is always hard for me.  But by the time it gets to the middle there’s a nice Pink Floyd-esque guitar solo that I love going out on.  

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Other than all the gear, coffee is important!  It can be hard to find a good cup a joe on the road sometimes so bringing your own coffee making materials is a comforting essential.  

Describe your fans in three words:

Fun, energetic, kind.  

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

So many… I love a lot of Tom Petty songs for their simplicity.  But simplicity is deceiving.  It’s hard to write something that sums up a human experience in a few words and chords.  Like, “You Don’t Know How it Feels”.  All he says is “You don’t know how it feels… to be meeee”  and for some reason it just hits because that’s universally relatable.  

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Live shows!  I don’t know when exactly.  But keep an eye out.  It finally feels like it’s possible after such a strange year.  

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