Hi Kirk, thanks for taking the
time out of your busy recording schedule to give us this interview. I'd
like to ask some questions about your current scene before we "get down
& personal"! LoL
Hi Mark, good to hear from you.
Thanks for having me Whatcha got?
You've recently been in Seattle
recording your latest CD album "More Time Than Money" which, from talking
to some of your fans is eagerly awaited - how's it going? Are you on target
to release it at the end of July?
Things are going well. As always,
something comes up to push the release date back a bit but I'll be done
in the studio July 7th, photo shoot and mastering in LA the following
week. Then I'll get the artwork completed and send it in for duplication.
Realistically, I'm looking at a release date around mid-August. I'm pushing
for sooner though
Cool. When everythingís wrapped
up where will fans be able to purchase copy of the CD, apart from your
own website www.kirkrocks.com?
I'm looking into into hooking
up with some of the .coms (i.e. Amazon, CDbaby, etc) but for now, the
website is the best bet. Tower Records in Seattle will be stocking it
as well as several chains in the Detroit area that currently stock my
last album "Apt. 19" (Harmony House, Sam Goody, Meijers, Dearborn Music)
Any suggestions? I don't have a distributor. I've been handling that on
Well if you need a UK promotor/distributor you know who to contact man!
rocks the UK!
You have a solid fan base in the U.S. with at least two fan-driven websites
dedicated to your music - How do you feel the internet has helped your
it has helped tremendously. It's
not the future, it's here and if you want to succeed in the music industry,
you have to get comfortable with it and make it work for you. I'm very
flattered by the sites. I've received emails and CD requests from all
over the states and overseas from people who would never have heard of
me so quickly. I'm learning about more ways to promote my music almost
every day. Now the trick is to figure out how to stand out but as I say,
"There's plenty of room at the top." I've met a lot of great people trying
to promote their music just like me. It's a great support group and fun
at the same time
Even now as we're "speaking" I'm listenin'
to a couple of your tracks from your ďApt.19Ē CD being broadcast on the
wwww.bumpskey.com webcast radio show Ė You get regular airplay on Bumpskey.com's
show, in fact that's how I first was introduced to your distinctive sound
Ė do you feel that you've gained many new fans through internet radio
No doubt about it that bumpskey.com
webjay Jerry and his lovely girlfriend Rita have opened me up to a whole
new legion of music lovers. I mean, c'mon. I'm doing an IM interview with
an ol' mate in England. The exposure is immeasurable
sure, I mean like I'd never of got to hear
the ROCKIN' sound of the Kirkster if it weren't for independent music
you're too kind, but thanks,
I'm glad you did, i never would have heard of Shrewsbury, England either.
To round off the questions about internet exposure, how big a part do
you think independent music promotion websites such as the excellent www.kweevak.com
play in getting you & your music "out there" to the world?
well, that's huge too, thanks
to Rich and the Kweevak folks for that. Basically, at this point, it's
all about getting the music out there, if it's good, people will respond.
They just need to hear it first so they can decide for themselves. That's
all I ask. And with contests and giveaways on Kweevak and your site, people
do get a chance to hear stuff they probably wouldn't have bought or even
known about. If they really like the music. They'll get to know more
I see where you're at - the biggest gift the internet has given to independent
musicians is the ability to promote and freely distribute their sound
without having their hands tied by the mainstream music industry and all
of the pitfalls involved in trying to break through the barriers of A&R,
management, etc, etc
a great thing
So Kirk, how long have you been playing
guitar and what inspired you to pick up an "Axe"?
well, I've only been playing guitar
on a "regular" basis for 3 years or so, I really just wanted to be a front
man but I didn't find a band right away when I moved to LA so I had to
do something, I still need to get a lot better
3 years? that's amazing! I know musicians
who've been playing guitar up to 15 years yet still can't play one original
composition. Youíre a natural!
I wish I would've started that
long ago, it's kinda funny, I don't even know the names of some of the
chords I write, when someone asks me, I just put my fingers there and
say, "It's this."
You play a Takemine electro-acoustic
guitar - what made you decide on that particular brand instead of sayÖ.
That's a simple one, I had my
first gig in LA coming up, first time I was going to be on stage by myself
and first time anyone was ever going to hear a "Kirk" original. I was
returning from Detroit from a Christmas vacation, I had an Ovation acoustic/electric
that I really liked. It never showed up in LA. Stolen! I needed something
for my show so one of my neighbors loaned me a new Takamine he bought
but never used. Never heard of Takamine but it had 6 strings. I still
have it 2 years later. I'm buying him a new one next month. You think
I care about brands? I don't even know how to tune the damn thing without
my electric tuner!
I just play and rock!
Do you play any other instruments?
I wish, but no
I want to learn the piano but just havenít made the time
yeah, piano is a cool instrument to play - so expressive
I think it would help with my writing,
thatís why I would like to learn
yeah, I find since Iíve had keyboards itís opened a whole new experience
up to me too
that and it would be cool to walk into
some place and impress everyone by playing Motley Crueís ďHome Sweet HomeĒ
Youíve been in the studio a few weeks now - What do you prefer the Most:
gigging or studio work?
well, studio work is studio work, itís definitely more fun to play live.
I love relating to the fans and seeing them enjoying the music. Plus itís
nice to actually hear a complete song once instead of hearing 15 seconds
of it 10 times in a row to make sure itís right But my favorite time is
coming up in a few days. I love doing vocals in the studio. When Iím in
the booth and hear myself in the headphones, I canít help but smile and
I know that music is what I really want to do with my life
On the subject of gigging, youíve mentioned on your site about a possible
Japanese tour - any more news on that subject?
I havenít had a lot of time to investigate Japan but after next week,
Iíll be on it full time to set it up. The band is ready to go, weíre applying
for passports and theyíre taking time off work so I better get something
set up! Iím trying to get a hold of someone whoís done it before
cool - will you be taking your laptop? Perhaps have a ďKirk live in JapanĒ
Iíll have it for sure, itís like my right arm now!
Iím sure many of your female fans are dying
to know the answer to this one - are you dating anybody right now??
No, Iím not dating, itís been too hard since Iím travelling so much. I
guess Iím dating my music career, hopefully the female fans will stick
around for a while so I can know that someone loves me, at least a little
Hey Man, I KNOW theyíll be there Ė Iíve
talked to some of your fans and I can tell you now Ė youíre here to stay
bro! Because KIRK ROCKS!
Well Kirk, I know youíve gotta hit the studio again real soon so many,
many thanks for talking to us Ė appreciate it, as I know the fans do too.
Be prosperous in all that you do and keep in touch bro Ė we like to know
what hottie #1 is up to! LoL. Peace.