Six-piece South Jersey rock band Kid Felix have been taking the Philladelphia music scene by storm for the past few years and rightly so. Their sound overflows with intense passion, perfectly layered instruments and soaring vocals. The band’s two newly released tracks Jericho and I Am The River show the band’s amazing writing abilities and tight musicianship. Kid Felix can pride themselves with accomplishments such as being the Grand Prize regional finalists of the 2012 Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands, as well as playing Bamboozle, Warped tour and opening for fantastic bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
Ken (keyboards) talks to MGMB about the start of Kid Felix, title of the band, latest releases, working as a group and more.
Could you give me some details about how and when Kid Felix formed?
It was kind of accidental that we all got together. We went to the same high school but had different projects going on. Brett (guitar), Julian (bass), and Johnny (lead guitar) were playing together and it worked out that Jake (lead vocals), John (drums), and I (keyboards) were looking for another band. We got together and it turned out that we were all able to write really well together, and we’ve been going at it ever since. Two years later, here we are.
Is there any special story behind the title of the band?
Jake saw the word Felix in a movie and we found out it meant luck in Latin. We kind of just ended up on Kid Felix. For us, it stands for getting lucky enough to make our music for a living.
If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
Our friend Matt described it best: “Melodic over structured chaos.”
You’ve recently released a couple of tracks ‘Jericho’ and ‘I Am The River’. What can you tell us about them?
They’re definitely the best representation of the band’s sound as a whole. It took a while but we finally found the best way to construct a song together, and these really show what the band is all about.
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I think it definitely varies for each member of the band. For me, it was seeing my favorite band, Manchester Orchestra, play live. Knowing that they got to play the songs they wrote to a huge venue of people who knew all the words made me want to do the same more than anything.
Who writes the songs and how do you normally work at them together with the band?
We actually all write together. Someone in the band will bring a riff or chord progression to a writing session and then everyone will start to add in their own parts. It’s nice writing this way because everyone feels more a part of each song.
What is the music scene like in New Jersey at the moment and how do you think you fit in?
The music scene we’re in is awesome right now. There are so many great bands playing in our area and everyone is out supporting and promoting each other. Our music may not be the same as many of these bands, but I think we fit in great.
Is there any show you have played, which you would class as your favourite one so far?
I’d have to say opening for Alice in Chains and Soundgarden at Susquehana Bank Center for 93.3’s WMMR-BQ. It was such a surreal experience playing to so many people with such well-known bands.
What can people expect to see at your live performance?
A ton of energy. We try to leave everything we have on the stage.
Do you have any releases coming up, that you’d like to let us know about?
We just released our two singles and are working on writing now for a full-length. We don’t have any date set for a release yet, but I’m sure we’ll start working some of the newer stuff into our live sets very soon.