Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The Kahless Clone was started by me in 2013 as a project for some instrumental songs I had been writing. I was able to get some great musicians I knew together to help me put it all together. Zach Libbe did the electronic drum programming, and really understood what I was going for. Zach is someone I knew from the Chicago scene, but never worked with before. Fortunately he was really easy to work with, and was able to come up with some awesome ideas. Garry Naples recorded the live drums, and also plays drums with me in Novembers Doom. Garry knows exactly what to play for each song, and always delivers a solid performance. I knew he was the right guy to do this project with. I was able to work with Andy Bunk and Ben Johnson from Divinity Compromised once again, which was great. Andy recorded the bass, and Ben recorded the keyboards. I didn’t know what I wanted the bass to sound like on these songs. I knew I wanted it to be a main focus of the songs, but I didn’t want it to be too busy and proggy. Luckily Andy is a great bass player and knew exactly what to play. He came up with some great grooves, and melodic lines that really stand out. Ben always knows what tones the songs need, and what notes to play. Working with him is super easy. He was able to come up with some great melodies, and ambience for the tracks.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I would say the style of The Kahless Clone is a mixture of dark metal and post-rock. I wanted to take the dark and aggressive side of metal, mix that with the ambient/spacey sound of post-rock bands, and add some electronic elements. The major bands that influenced me are This Will Destroy You, Nine Inch Nails, Ghost Brigade, and Chevelle.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
I think a metalhead should buy our music because it has a lot of variety in it. It has the aggressive sounds of metal, but it also has some chilled out parts as well. Having variety in the music you listen to makes things more interesting, and less mind numbing in my opinion. I tend to get bored if a song is at the same level of intensity the entire time. That’s true for the opposite as well. I wanted to combine both sides of the spectrum since that’s what I like to hear in other bands. I know there’s more people like me out there, and you’re probably one of them if you’re reading this!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
So far there is one EP out titled An Endless Loop. It's gotten a lot of great praise. I’m really proud of how this EP came out. I wasn’t sure how people were going to react to it, but everything has been positive up to this point. I’m really excited to get out there and play these songs live for people.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
The plan is to do a lot of live shows locally, regionally, and nationally. We are in the process of getting shows and tours booked. I’m always on the look out for bands that would fit well with our style, so if any of your readers are in bands who dig our sound, they should definitely get in touch.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
The Kahless Clone is a band that offers a lot of variety in our music, and can appeal to a wider fan base because of that. Since we are an instrumental band, we won’t be easily dismissed by people who don’t like heavy vocals, or people who don’t like high whiny vocals. We have neither of those, so it’s a win-win for everyone! Of course I kid, but I do believe that it will be a lot easier for fans of different styles of metal or non-metal to get into our music. We have elements of both, so there is something in there for everyone to enjoy.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The plans for the near future are to be playing live shows often, as well as touring. I’d like to also get in the studio later this year to record the follow up to this debut EP.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to our music at www.soundcloud.com/the-kahless-clone , and www.youtube.com/user/thekahlessclone
You can buy our songs anywhere digital music is sold, and we have downloads and CDs available on our Band Camp page www.thekahlessclone.bandcamp.com