-Interview- Kayotik (2/20/17)

Kayotik talks about their "Enslaved To Chaos" album, their brutal live show and much more.


From: Berlin, CT
Sounds like: Extreme Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Kayotik” and is there any meaning behind it?

Darrin: I got started in music playing guitar then drums. I've been playing instruments for over 20 years. Listening to metal bands molded the way I play today. I came up with the name and the way it's spelled. It's a more fitting name for the extreme metal that we play, and I wanted the spelling to be different so it would stand out. The sound just developed from playing with my brother Dave. There was no pushing to be anything. We just became who we are by what we wrote. Over the years, the sound has changed and we are settled with what we write and the sound we have developed.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Enslaved To Chaos" album?

As this is our second release, I want people to see the improvement in our song writing, speed and tightness. We continue to push ourselves and each other to write better and preform better for our fans.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

An experience in brutality and professionalism. We take every show seriously and give 100% no matter what the crowd size. What you hear on the album, we want to be amplified 10 fold live.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

That's s hard question! All of them!!

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Immolation, Nile and Dying Fetus.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We opened for Deicide! Having Jack Owen side stage watching us was damn cool! We have blown the PA power twice at shows. Not our fault we believe but very odd none the less.

7. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

I think that there are some great new bands coming up, but I love to see the bands the got me into metal are making comebacks. Like Bloodfeast! It's cool to see them ripping it up after 20 years of retirement. With the expansion of the Internet, we are flooded with new bands and everyone it clamoring for a spot. Not like the older days where you knew every band in the local scene. We couldn't name them all now. There is a lot of talent out there.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Connecticut both locally and state wide?

CT is a small state and there a lot of bands here. Every weekend you can find a show! But Death Metal isn't as popular as it used to be in CT, so it can challenging to get on a lineup that works well for Kayotik. Being a small state too, the scene can get overwhelmed with the same bands every weekend. That may bring the overall draw down. We try to play when it makes sense.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It's good and bad. We'd like to be financially secure, but we'd also like to get our music out to as many people as possible. So if people pay for our music, that's a bonus! We can't ever see it coming under control. As long as the bands get a cut of something, it's not a bad thing.

10. What’s next for Kayotik?

We are currently writing new music and plan to record another release. This new batch of tunes will be even heavier and more brutal than our previous releases! The writing sessions have been productive and we are looking forward to playing live out of Connecticut more often!

11. Any shoutouts?

To the crew at Cherry Street Station. You guys have always treated us great! And Jeremy Pavano at JSP Studios. He really did a great job for us.