A swirling of colors might be a thought that comes to mind when you think of Detroit’s own Kaleido, And now you can add Dirt Fest 2015!
Christina Chriss (Vocals), Joey Fava (Drums), Cody Morales (Bass), Ronnie Rosolino (Guitar), and Jamie Allen Burnham (Guitar) make up this tight little five piece from the streets of gritty Detroit.
This band has opened for some large names already in just a short amount of time. They recently ended a six-week run with LA-based Alien Ant Farm earlier this year as well. The band’s often mohawked vocalist, Christina, gave National Rock Review a few minutes to talk shop on DF2015 and a few other topics that show being a rock star is just another shade in the colors of life.
NRR: You guys have been on the move a lot. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Christina Chriss: We’ve been touring like crazy. Over the last year, we’ve played in nearly every one of the lower 48 states. We’re also working on new music with a producer in Los Angeles, so we have been back and forth out there quite a bit.
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015?
Christina Chriss: We’ve never played in Birch Run and we’ve never played Dirt Fest before, so we’re looking forward to a killer first time experience. Also looking forward to catching a bunch of the bands on the bill that we haven’t had the chance to see live yet.
NRR: You were out recently with Alien Ant Farm for six weeks. What does that kind of experience mean for you as a band?
Christina Chriss: It was huge. It was our first introduction to real touring. We had the best time ever and have gone out and played with them again since. They’re great guys and have been so awesome to us. They’re like our ‘big brother’ band and we love them like family. Touring isn’t just a ton of driving and playing a different city every night. It’s full of new experiences and relationships… and isn’t that what life is all about?!
NRR: Being from Detroit, is playing at a homegrown festival a little more special to you?
Christina Chriss: We have a lot of respect for anything homegrown, probably because that’s how we have done it. It’s special to be a part of something that had heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears poured into it.
NRR: What’s your biggest fear of something happening on stage?
Christina Chriss: Ahhh… I’m going to have to go with any kind of bathroom emergency!!!
NRR: What can we expect from Kaleido in the next few months?
Christina Chriss: New music. New music videos. More touring.
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Christina Chriss: We’re excited to see our buds in Psychostick, we’re big fans of those dudes. We’re also very excited to see Down and Hellyeah on a bill together. We grew up listening to Pantera.
NRR: How important is the merch table for a band like yours at a festival like this?
Christina Chriss: Huge. It’s where you get to connect with fans and brand new people outside of the stage environment, and for us, this is one of our favorite parts of the day. We love taking pictures, getting to know people, messing around, and getting our product into people’s hands so they have something of ours to walk away from the festival with.
Kaleido – Degenerate & Young (Official Music Video)
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what kind of vibe can they expect to see from you guys live?
Christina Chriss: Intense, high energy, super interactive, in your face, rock!
NRR: On the drive up to Birch Run, who gets to control the radio and what will be the most unusual thing you’re forced to listen to?
Christina Chriss: Typically we all rock our own music via headphones, but if we fall asleep we usually wake up to Cody jammin’ to some Japanese Pop.
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