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The Karma Party | Interview | September 2014

Hit The Floor met up with The Karma Party. Find out what happened right here!

Hit The Floor caught up with Merc, lead vocalist of The Karma Party to find out a bit more about there explosive rise to fame, what drives them to do what they do and what really grinds their gears! Find out what happened right here:

HTF: Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you got together.
TKP: We are The Karma Party. We’re a four piece punk rock band with electronics from the dingy holiday resort that is more commonly known as Blackpool. We got together from a series a coincidences and the sharing of similar bad habits.

HTF: What led you to choose your current unique style and why?
TKP: I don’t think it’s something that was chosen, I mean, we sometimes say “I wanna write a track like this or like that” but it always incorporates everyone’s tastes and styles so it usually comes out in the style you’re used to hearing from us. When you’re an insider you can pretty much tell where everything has come from and who influenced what but I guess from the outside it just sounds like us.

HTF: Who are your influences, both musical and non musical?
TKP: That’s a tough question and I’m not sure I can speak for everyone in the band. My main influences are my family and loved ones, the general public and the places the band and I live in. Films have been a massive influence / distraction throughout my life and you’ll find tag lines and quotes strewn throughout my lyrics. I love artists who paint pictures with words; I’m a huge Nick Cave fan. Musically I can’t really pin down what I’m into I can go from Venetian Snares to the Mississippi Sheiks, from Wu Tang to Roy Orbison and all I know is that there’s music out there that I might not get to hear before I die and that scares the hell out of me. Collectively we enjoy bands that cross over electronics with acoustic instruments so we can help but be influenced by Skindred, Enter Shikari, The Streets and Asian Dub Foundation.

HTF: Your ‘Illumination’ EP was released back in August of this year and received a monumentally wide spread amount of support. Did you see that coming?
TKP: We didn’t! After working on a record for so long you just cant tell if it’s good anymore, you kind of sit there and go ‘is this too much?’ By the end of the process you are just not qualified to critique it anymore. At some point you have to just say enough is enough, let’s put this out. We were unsure of what the response would be until Kerrang! decided to put out an exclusive stream ahead of the release – and then all the great reviews started springing up! That being said, up until the day of release I still thought that we could be putting out a turkey. I guess you just have to not care to some degree.

HTF: Between ‘Dark Matters’ and ‘Illumination’, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?
TKP: They were two distinctly different experiences and it would be difficult to choose between the two. For Dark Matters we demo’d the tracks and then went to Middle Farm Studios for two solid weeks to work on the record which I really enjoyed but inevitably felt we only had that limited time to do the recordings. With Illumination we thought we get rid of that aspect and did it ourselves in bedrooms, backrooms and practice rooms. Although it was great to not worry about finite studio time, the picking up and putting down of it, for me, at least was hard. I think the perfect situation would be to have the band working on it uninterrupted for as long as it takes. A balance between the two.

HTF: What’s changed in the recording and writing of your music over the years?
TKP: We’re always trying to refine the writing process, something that makes each release different. For us, the process is as important as the final product and therefore every release will evolve from the last. It’s the same for recording – we’re always trying new things. Be it production techniques or instruments and VST’s, we’ve definitely gained more confidence in the studio over the years but there’s still loads to learn

HTF: If you could describe your shows in only a few words, what would they be?
TKP: HEART ON SLEEVE

HTF: What makes you stand out from other bands?
TKP: It’s a hard question cos I’m not seeing what everyone else is seeing. We try not to create an alternate version of ourselves which I guess is what I see a lot of other bands trying to do these days – be it through fashion, trends or status updates. I couldn’t spend my life pretending to be something I’m not or trying to escape who I am. I’m Merc. I know my faults and I’m ok with them. If anything I use them to my advantage.

HTF: What has been your most significant moment in the business?
TKP: There are a few I would consider significant: tours, festivals etc, but I’ll never forget how I felt when the first reviews of Dark Matters came in. After what seemed like a long work process, getting reviews in all the main rock magazines on our first release was really emotional. It was the culmination of so many peoples’ time, effort and money. To get so much support straight away means a lot, even now.

HTF: What are your pet peeves?
TKP: People: when they are being crap. I have a tolerance for it but people being crap grinds my gears.

HTF: Do you have any advice for smaller bands just starting out?
TKP: I’m not qualified but I’ll have a go… Being a musician / singer is a tonne of hard work, very rarely pay and fame is a paper thin illusion. My only advice would be: you are amazing beings with infinite possibilities. The fact you exist on the planet at this point in time goes someway to show how incredible you are. You should never think that you the need to be something you aren’t, no matter how bad you are made to feel. You need to be yourselves to the best of your ability. You are capable of great things.

HTF: What has the next six months got in store for you?
TKP: We’re looking to take Illumination out on the road ASAP and we’re booking dates now. We’ll also be releasing more singles and videos from Illumination and beginning to put the framework together for our debut album.

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