High Fives with … KID DAD

German rockers KID DAD chat to us about all things music, including their brand new single.

Stories of bizarre vulnerabilities told from the perspective of four young guys who met to form the band which combines hard hitting riffs to the melancholy of 90s Grunge with tales of loneliness and self doubt but underlined with raw distorted guitars. That band is Germany’s KID DAD.

Their successful single Happy, the third since the release of their debut EP Disorder, is now followed by their new song The Wish Of Being Alone. It is their quietest, but at the same time, their most intense song so far.

“The first demo of The Wish Of Being Alone sounded completely different compared to the how the song sounds now. We liked the first demo, but we were not fully convinced yet, so we spent one night in our studio and re-wrote the song. It all came very naturally and we now feel like this is our most intimate song to date.”

All sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? We wanted to get to know the band a bit more so we sat down and chatted to vocalist Marius Vieth about their influences, the new single and life on the road.

How did you get into music in the first place?
I started taking trumpet lessons in third grade because like every fifth person in my small hometown played a classical instrument. I think I was in 4th grade when I got into AC/DC and Bloodhound Gang and I wanted an electric guitar sooo bad because Angus Young played it like this life depended on it and I loved that. I only got one a few years later when I was 13 I think. I remember sitting in my mom’s car and ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ came on the radio – she had no chance what so ever in trying to calm me down. I used to rock out in the back seat like a mad man. I then discovered Green Day and dug Pop-Punk for a while. During this phase Martin and I started doing music together. At first we covered Songs playing gigs at home to our families, I really don’t know why they put up with it. It was only quite some time after, shortly after we started going to uni, when we decided to write our own music and take everything a bit more serious. That’s where we also found our bassist and drummer and it basically kicked off from there.

If you had to describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
dynamic, intimate and surprising

What has life been since the release of your debut EP last year?
A roller coaster ride! The songs on the EP were the first we ever wrote and people actually liked them – It all took off really fast after releasing our first EP. After getting our first feedback from fans and the industry, touring for the first time and having managers, agents and labels work for us, we knew we have to make the best out of this. And we did, and dedicated every last second of our time in doing what we love: Writing and doing music.

Tell us a bit more about the story behind your recent track The Wish Of Being Alone.
The title pretty much says it all.. Sometimes you just need to leave everything behind you and isolate yourself from the daily impressions that can really weigh heavy on oneself from time to time. I know it’s not the easiest thing to admit, but I think a lot of people can relate to having depressive phases and it was important for us as a band as well to acknowledge this and maybe even give these feelings a vent to people who listen to the song.

When on tour, what’s the ONE thing you always need to have with you?
Ginger. I mean – this little beast is full of Vitamine C and keeps your voice fresh and running. People look at me like I am eating little child when I take my bites off its root. I tell you, organic ginger – the size of two big thumbs – basically costs nothing and is my travel pharmacy.

What was your favorite ever on-stage moment?
Playing at a festival or as support in front of hundreds of people and asking the crowd who has seen us before and no one puts their hands up. I love the adrenaline of taking chances and seeing how people react to our music.

How would you describe your songwriting process? Do you have any rituals?
Our ritual is to have no rituals. It’s that simple. Take inspiration as it comes and always feed your hunger for doing things in a new manner. Don’t limit yourself by making rules. A song you whistle under the shower can be as beautiful as a song you co-write with Hans Zimmer and Thom Yorke.

What has been your biggest challenge as a musician?
Keeping your head up. Sometimes it gets really, really tough. In these moments you need real friends and a great team surrounding you who are able to pick you up every time you hit the ground. So Happy to be able to say that I have this!

Stories from the road – what’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on tour?
We once played a new song at the Fusion Festival in Germany and somehow our drummer had the wrong click in his ear. It was basically half the tempo it should have been. As professional as we are we just stuck with it. It sounded extremely doomy and I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Fusion Festival, it is actually mainly an electronic festival with not too many people being sober in front of the stage. Anyway, they loved it and came to us after the show asking if we are going to write more doomy, slow songs. We didn’t really know what to say, but hey, I guess if its a good song it works in all tempi? Haha. Not too sure about that and at the time it was confusing, but now we definately have a good laugh thinking about how we doomed the hell out of that song.

What was the first album you ever owned?
Future Sex/Lovesounds by Justin Timberlake, can’t you hear the influences? *smiles*