Kill Paradise is a techno pop duo from Colorado who are really making a name for themselves outside of the Rocky Mountain state. The band recently completed a cross country tour with Breathe Carolina and are due to reappear on California again at Bamboozle Left at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Their CD The Second Effect is now available nationwide, featuring cool dance beats combines with both fun and introspective lyrics. We recently spoke with founding member Nick Cocozzella to find out more about this up and coming duo (which also features the talents of Bryce Hoops of Saving Verona by the way). The dance party starts now…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Kill Paradise, and how long the project has been together.
Well I’m Nick Cocozzella and I sing in Kill Paradise and make the music. I have had this project for 4 years. I started it in college just for fun, and now this is my career.
Where are you based out of and what is the local music scene like there?
I’m from Colorado and the local music scene here is incredible. It’s really neat because in Colorado it seems like every musician knows each other. It’s bizarre but really cool!
How did the tour with Breathe Carolina go and what were some of the highlights?
The tour was great!! It was something that we both wanted to do for so long. Breathe Carolina is from Colorado as well and I grew up playing music with them. Dave and I were in a band called The Autobiography. So touring with such close friends was so much fun! It was really neat to have Kyle actually come out on his part in our song All For You and actually scream his part.
What did you think about your show at the Roxy and Hollywood overall? Was it your first time playing there?
It was my first time playing there and I loved it. There is so much history there and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone there was great and the sound there was amazing. It was also neat to have a curtain there; it really adds to the suspense and the theatrical aspect of a show!
Were you able to perform the track All For You with Breathe Carolina while on tour? If so, how did it go?
I did and it was great! When we recorded it, we never thought that Kyle would one day be able to sing it every night on tour. We had so much fun and the kids did too. It was a real treat to have him come out every night!
Prior to being in Kill Paradise, were you ever involved with any metal or hardcore bands in your area?
Never in any real metal or hardcore bands, but that was a huge scene when in Colorado. When I was in The Autobiography with Dave we had some hard songs with a few breakdowns I guess, haha
How does The Second Effect compare to your previous efforts?
I really love this album. It’s like my child. It has 5 songs from The Effect and 6 new ones. It’s something I’m really proud of. If you think about it, I started recording songs for it 3 years ago, so it basically took my three years of work.
Where do you get the ideas for some of the lyrics that you write? Please cite two song examples from The Second Effect and what they are about.
A lot of them deal with my life in deep ways and some are about dreams or situation that I have encountered over the years. Some are easy day-to-day situations, some are not. Sometimes I like to get very personal, that people will never know what I mean. It’s like panting a picture; there are plenty of hiding meanings in paintings. Like a director would foreshadow I guess. It comes from so many different stems. In a song called Radio Arcade I sing “The more you know, the less you know, my more you try.” Which is basically a statement about how hard it is sometimes to figure someone out. The more you know about somebody, the less you know, and that just makes us try harder to figure it out. I’ve noticed for some reason Americans are infatuated with the “why,” including me! But, can’t someone just do something because they wanted to do it? This is just an observation. I’m in no way saying this in an angry tone. In another song called Candyland Wedding I sing about being wrapped in leather in my grave. This was a dream I had and I wrote that song backwards. (From the end of the song to the beginning) It deals with the subliminal beauty of life that a lot of people miss.
How did you wind up on Broken Silence Records?
Well… I released two records independently and really enjoyed that. There were a few offers that came and went from different labels, but what stuck out about the Break Silence was the type of family atmosphere they had!
What could one expect from a live Kill Paradise show?
We really value our live shows. We take a lot of pride in them and I think it shows. If you were to come to a Kill Paradise show you could expect to see two guys singing their hearts out. You might laugh and you might cry, but you will have an enjoyable experience. We just love to have fun and we love to entertain.
What was your favorite CD of 2009 and why?
I would have to say the new Say Anything album. It has not left my car’s CD player in months.
If you could be a donut, what kind would you be and why?
I don’t really eat a lot of donuts, but I guess I would be one that does not have a hole in the middle, because that would be normal, and that is what I try to avoid.
Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Kill Paradise?
Yes of course! Being a musician, Kill Paradise is only one of my musical outlets. I have a hip-hop project called “The Broadway” and another project called “The Midas Well” with my friend Aaron Rothe. I also have an acoustic project of my own, and a few other small side projects with some friends. Chances are if you are a musician, I’ll start a side project with you.
Any chance we’ll be seeing your band back on Southern California anytime soon?
Of course, I plan to be back many times over the year.
Do you have any messages for fans or for people who might want to check out your music for the very first time?
Well to my fans, thanks you so much for your support and kindness over the years. You are all truly a pleasure to have in my life! And I’m so glad you like my music as much as I do! Thanks!!!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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