Your new EP “Strange Days” will be released at the end of March, can you share with us any crazy/funny behind-the-scene?
K: We’ve been working on this EP for about 4 years now so we’ve definitely both felt a bit crazy at times along the way but mostly it has been an amazing and necessary journey.
A: As we are both writers/producers we have been developing this project in the studio for some time.
Because of that each song has had many versions while we were defining and crafting the sound.
I remember getting to the last song and telling Kevin for the millionth time “The live drums are wrong. I’m muting them and starting over.” It felt nuts but was totally right.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
K: They usually emerge attached to a certain melody. I hear the music first and as it starts to take shape, often specific words or lines seem to arrive out of nowhere.
Then there’s the phase of piecing it all together or really tweaking a line that could be stronger.
A: Kevin is such a strong lyrical in the moment creature.
Much of what I do in this project is let the rawness happen and then go back with him to tweak and edit to the best version possible.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
K: The closing lyrics on the song “Strange Days” end the EP in a way I’m quite proud of. They’re painfully honest yet fiercely hopeful which is sort of a theme for the EP.
Violent days we’ve lost our way
Hold on my friend hold on
When all is lost we’ve all to gain
Hold on my friend hold on
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
K: Lots of 70s and 80s music and singer/songwriters.
A: The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, 2pac, The Allman Brothers, NIRVANA, Green Day, and so many more.
What was the first record you ever bought?
K: I honestly have no idea.
A: I remember the first CD was TLC “Crazysexycool.” That red cover is so memorable.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
K: It has been a wild and wonderful journey to say the least. Each experience has shaped me for the next and for The Born Love we are just at the beginning of something that feels genuine and magical.
A: I always say that I have been beyond fortunate to never have a “real job.” That is not to say that it hasn’t been insanely hard to make it this far. Say yes to everything and figure it out later!
Sooner or later a string of events will stitch together into something of a career. Honestly it is just years of hard work and sleepless nights.
What inspired “Colorful”?
K: The feeling that some people in our lives make everything better. We feel like anything is possible when we’re around them and our world becomes vibrant and alive – “Colorful” is sort of an ode to those beautiful souls.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Badlands”?
K: Actually I do, I just moved back to LA and was living at Aron’s house. I remember showing him a really rough demo of the idea and we felt like there was something special there, though it was a long time before we ended up finishing the song.
A: I remember when Kevin sent me the beginning of “Badlands” as a text message. I immediately knew there was something there that we had to jump into.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
K: Not really. I think I used to be, but I’d much rather be authentic in music and in life for that matter and connect to anyone who relates, than to be disingenuous for fear of being judged.
What inspired “Tempest”?
K: Feeling lost in a very dark place. The lyrics reflect that struggle but also were written as sort of a lifeline – the chorus is the voice of someone calling you back to the present moment, reminding you that everything will be okay. (Tempest will be released this Friday! don’t miss it! RYL)
What is the best show you ever played?
K: This remains to be seen.
A: To date MTV “Isles of Malta” When I was music directing for Esmee Denters. The line up was crazy! The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and more… It was a “I can’t believe this is happening moment.”
What are your plans for 2018?
K: Release our debut EP on March 30th, continue the story and creating a world for The Born Love with new music, and some live shows.
What is your biggest dream?
K: To inspire others to believe in their own dreams and see those dreams come to life.
A: To make unapologetic music with my friends with none of the outside stressors of life.
For that music to connect with people and maybe take them out of their everyday life even just for a moment in time.
To second Kevin, Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”
That inspires me every day.