Kill Paris Talks Zelda and EDM Culture [Interview]

Every once in a while when you write about music, you come across the Golden Email. The one that you’re glad didn’t slip through the cracks. I was asked to interview Future Funk producer Kill Paris. Silly question, of course I will! The show fell on a Friday night at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI. I was surprised it wasn’t sold out, but those who did attend came ready and raring to rage.

Upon walking into the green room for the interview, I was welcomed by Corey Baker aka Kill Paris with a warm hug and a quick introduction. He was wearing one of his new crew neck Galaxies sweatshirts, and it made me instantly think “I want one!” We walked into a quieter area of the green room and instantly started chatting; I had to take my phone out more swiftly than planned. We went right to the questions.

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How many interviews have you had on tour?

Oh, I don’t know…10?

What question are you asked the most?

I don’t know, it’s been pretty varied. I would say I mainly always get asked about my name, the Kill Paris name.

Well…go ahead and answer that, while we’re at it.

*laughs* The whole idea behind the name was to kill the mindset of putting people up on pedestals that don’t do anything, which is what we do in this society.

What got you into music?

Um…I don’t know. I’m just into it. I’ve been into music since I was in like middle school. I started playing guitar when I was like 16, I played in bands and did all that in high school.

So what is the most inspiring place that you go to make music and create?

Usually my house, being at home is usually the best. But it depends, because you find inspiration in different places and a lot of times it’s not planned at all.

I feel like you have a pretty wide range in the styles of music you make. What would be your favorite genre or type of music to make?

It’s usually just whatever I’m working on in the moment. A lot of times I’ll pick a tempo to start with and get jamming and see where that goes.

So, I hear you’re kind of a gamer.

*laughs* Kind of?!

What are your thoughts on Zelda: Ocarina of Time? [This happens to be my personal favorite video game, a game-changer in its style]

I’m playing that on the 3DS right now. I love Zelda games but I’m so bad at them, I get lost. All the time.

Do you have to go online and look at some cheats to see where to go next?

I try not to go on YouTube and find where I am and see where I should go. I try not to do that…but sometimes you just have to. I’ve been stuck on that game for like weeks at a time because I just don’t know where to go.

Have you ever finished it?

No.

Neither have I. I’m at the final boss battle. Ganondorf. I just haven’t finished it.

Why not?

Just haven’t had the time to sit down and do it. I also had to return the N64 to its owner. 

A lot of times that’s why I don’t play Zelda games for a while because once you start playing them you’re just in it. You’re in it, and you’re gonna be playing for a couple hours. You’re not just going to sit down and play for a little bit, it doesn’t work like that.

Have you ever heard of Team Teamwork’s Ocarina of Rhyme? It’s a bunch of 90’s hip hop mashed together with the music from Ocarina of Time, it’s pretty interesting.

Wow. No, I haven’t. *takes out phone to make a memo*

Check it out. So who takes care of your dog while you’re gone?

My girlfriend. She’s at home with the dog.

All right. I actually have another question that can be asked differently depending on whether or not you have a significant other. It’s a fan question coming from a friend who loves electronic music: How much sex have you gotten purely because of the second drop in your remix of Bassnectar’s “Hold On”? *We both have a little laugh*

I don’t even know what to say to that question! How do you answer that diligently? We’ll just say a lot.

Awesome, glad we could go there for a second. So what do you think is your least favorite part about doing an interview like this after having done so many?

Least favorite part? As long as it’s not awkward then its fine. Have you done interviews with people where it’s awkward?

Yes!

Doesn’t make for a good interview, does it?

Nope, it really just depends on the person, though. There was one time where I don’t know if they were just tired or what, but they were not having it. It was after a string of interviews before me and those were after a Meet and Greet, so I can understand.

It’s draining. It also depends on where you’re at and the show. Because sometimes it can be really cool people that are down-to-earth and easy to talk to, and sometimes it’s just people who are just rolling their faces off. You can’t even carry on a conversation with them. Makes me think, “Do your parents know you’re out here tonight? Do you have a ride home? What’s your end–what’s your plan for tonight, because right now things are going south real quick for you.”

We both laugh, having both encountered those people at electronic shows and festivals many times.

So what do you think about the whole culture when it comes to that [MDMA] and electronic music?

I think it varies. I think the issue is that a lot of people generalize when they look at someone. When people look at EDM they generalize and think that it’s all just banging house and they’re all on drugs. And that’s totally not true, as you know. We all enjoy it differently with different avenues. EDM now has gotten so popular. The underground is always going to be there, the guys on the ground floor will always be there, but it’s just turned into Pop music now, the Beatport Top 100, all that stuff on iTunes. It depends on what kind of scene you’re into. People on drugs are soul searching, they’re gonna do what they gotta do. Does it help some people, I don’t know, I guess it’s just whatever you’re into.

Walking out of the green room, we found Tyler Mindford aka Louis Futon munching on some sushi from a popular nearby place. He and Corey declared it perfect pre-set food. It sure did something, because once he took the stage, the Majestic came alive with his energy. It was the perfect way to get those dance moves warmed up for Kill Paris’s set, and oh what a set it was! By the time Kill Paris started, the Majestic was packed with music lovers. Whatever their state of mind, the music brought everyone together. Regardless of how much soul searching it took to get there, it was an amazing night.

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Ashley Cizek

Went to school at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in psychology. I hula-hoop, I write, I enjoy sunlight.

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