First of all, welcome back to Los Angeles, it was great seeing you at the Whisky in LA this summer..
KENNY KWEENS: Thank you. It was a great show and it’s always fun to play a home town show.
HOW DID THE LAST TOUR GO?
KENNY KWEENS: The tour went great. We are a like a well oiled machine and it feels awesome. We tour pretty nonstop through-out the year, so we don’t leave many stones unturned. We like to play all the festivals that our schedule will allow us to do and we like to hit not only the big cities, but the little ones too. The fans have been so supportive and fun, so this would be a good time to thank them, because if it wasn’t for them there would be no touring, so thank you. We look forward to seeing them all again in 2016.
WHATS ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY?
PHIL LEWIS: It really doesn’t matter the place so much, just as long as the show is good and everyone enjoys it. We’ve been everywhere and of course some of the bigger, nicer, more exotic cities are always fun, but at this point we can make a party happen anywhere.
WHAT INFLUENCES DO YOU HAVE? KENNY KWEENS: We are all influenced by different music and it ranges from like Metallica to Bowie, The Stones to AC/DC, The Pretenders to Motörhead, Deep Purple to Rob Zombie… I even like stuff like Adele, Florence and the Machine and Norah Jones.. the list goes on and on…
TELL US ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM?
PHIL LEWIS: Well it’s going to be an EP, because most artists aren’t really making many full records anymore, some are, but some are putting out a song at a time. We thought it would be better to do something kinda in the middle.
ANY INTERESTING STORIES WHEN WRITING IT?
PHIL LEWIS: The stories are in the songs, so you will have to get the record to hear them.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR CLOTHES FROM?
KENNY KWEENS: Anywhere and everywhere. We travel around a lot so we get to shop the world, but we do find a lot of it right here in Los Angeles. We have things made for us by different designers too. Some of our favorites are Jungle Tribe, Munir Khamker, Tod Waters (Junker), Cody Varona (Forgotten Saints) and J&T Creations.
WHO STYLES THE BAND?
KENNY KWEENS: I would like to (laughs) but we have our own style, so we do it ourselves.
WHAT’S YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?
PHIL LEWIS: To release the new music, to tour the world and to deliver the goods each and every night of what has built this band from the beginning, and that is high octane unapologetic rock n r oll.
ANY ADVICE TO NEW MUSICIANS?
PHIL LEWIS: Get a real job. (laughs) Seriously it is so hard to break in to the music industry, because it is a dying art, but you gotta give it all you’ve got, believe in yourself and go for it. Kenny Kweens: Anything can happen. Shoot for the moon and reach for the stars.