Klashing Black - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
We always participated in anything musically driven in school, so with Kane being in band most of his middle/high school career, and Kyle being involved with every musical since middle school, along with choir, our small town high school was really a catalyst for our desire to create. The moment where we began the “band” aspect was every year at the Talent Show. At that age, with that crowd, we figured we’d metaphorically throw paint on the wall to see what happened. And what happened was that we fell in love with live performance.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Crazy bad things include terrible sound guys, our van breaking down at 3am on the way back from Cincinnati, and the occasional heckler. The crazy good things include meeting people who tell us stories of how our music and lyrics connect with their lives personally. That’s always crazy to learn and keeps us going.
What has been the high point of your music path?
A big high point for us was playing a headlining set at Toledo Pride in 2019. We toured all spring and summer of that year, and in August, we got to play the night time slot in front of hundreds of people which was the most we’d played for at that point. The love radiating from the crowd was something we’ll never forget. That was one of the shows that felt like lightning in a bottle and solidified why we do what we do.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We each write individually, and sometimes bring one song to the other and we cross-critique to make it the best it can be. Other times, the songs come to us when we’re together and those are usually some of the coolest and more abstract ones.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
While streaming is amazing when it comes to discovering new music, it makes it very hard for anyone not getting millions of streams to make a living off of their work. Also, the over-saturation of the music landscape is tough, so it challenges us every day to innovate in our journey up.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Coldplay have always been such an inspiration to us. They blend every aspect of their music perfectly in their live show, and playing with them would be such an amazing experience.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We go all out in rehearsal. We have a space in the basement at our dads house where we are able to run sound and run our light show. We basically run our set over and over until it’s muscle memory and we can do it without thinking. Sometimes we even practice set up/tear down.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song Who We Are was one that came to us when we were recording another song. While sifting through bass synths, we found one and found a melody, which ended up starting the song. From there, we made a crazy good beat which felt effortless. The problem with that solid foundation is that you have this overwhelming pressure to make the lyrics and song structure perfect. So we went back and forth on different iterations before we landed on the final version.
What's coming up in the future?
We’re prepping even more new music to go along with “Hold Us Down” and “Willit?”. This is the longest we’ve ever spent on a group of songs, and we hope that translates. We’re also prepping for more electric shows—the first since pre-pandemic. We can’t wait to get out there again and show people what we’re about.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find all links to all of our music on our site!
About Klashing Black
Klashing Black is comprised of twin brothers Kane and Kyle Benner. Since 2006, they've been writing, recording, and performing original music together, developing their sound in every iteration of the group. In 2017, they became a duo and created a sound, unlike any other act, blending soaring guitar melodies, sibling vocal harmonies, lush synths, and lyrics with meaning.