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Interview: A Conversation With Eddie Veliz of Kyng Before Their Show With Zakk Sabbath and Clutch

Little Rock experienced a true rock and roll show at the Metroplex on October 10, featuring Kyng, Clutch and Zakk Sabbath. Kyng, a trio out of Los Angeles, kicked the show off playing both new material from their newest album and their hits. Next, the rock legends that make up Zakk Sabbath: Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo absolutely stole the show with their killer set covering Black Sabbath classics. Finally, headlining the night was Clutch, who are touring in support of their eleventh studio album and are still captivating audience members with their energetic live performances.

Zakk Sabbath

Zakk Sabbath


Zakk Sabbath

Zakk Sabbath


Clutch

Clutch


Clutch

Clutch

We sat down with Eddie Veliz, lead vocalist and guitarist for Kyng before the show. The three bands continue touring through November. You can find dates here.

So you’ve been out on the road with Clutch and Zakk Sabbath for almost 2 weeks. How has this tour been so far?
It’s been great! It has been absolutely amazing. It’s really cool for us to be out on the road with Clutch because we absolutely love them so much, and they’ve taken us out a handful of times. They are a great band and their fans are amazing and they accept us in a weird way, so it’s always good for us to do that. Then we’ve got the legends in Zakk Sabbath. Zakk Wylde has been playing some killer Sabbath tunes, and it’s the best.

Did you grow up listening to Zakk Wylde’s music?
Yeah, of course! I’ve followed Zakk’s career for quite some time. I remember Pride And Joy, which was his rock n’ roll band directly after Ozzy (Osbourne) when he was doing that whole thing. I recall it all. Clutch is the same way. I’ve been listening to them for quite some time.

Kyng

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Kyng

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Kyng

Kyng

Have you picked up any tips from the other bands?
From Zakk, I’ve just been learning how to smell good. You know? You just gotta drench yourself in some body spray and walk around. Haha

Your new record was released Friday. My favorite songs have to be the title track, Breathe In The Water, and Closer To The End. What was the inspiration behind them?
Those are my two favorites as well. Just a lot of craziness that happens in life. In a lot of my songs, the lyrical content comes from something I’ve either lived or read or saw that affected me in some way or pulled on my heart in a sense. Breathe In The Water is one of those where I saw a story and it was pretty intense. I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of descriptions of it, but I felt like there should have been a song written about the loss of this fellow who lost his entire family in this whole Syrian refugee thing. He lost two kids and a wife, and he was the only one that survived. Having to go through that, for anybody to lose their family, it’s tough. That would be an amazingly hard struggle, so I kind of put my eyes through his and tried to feel that pain. It’s all there. I mean, I really couldn’t because I’ve never lost my entire family, but I’ve lost my brother and that hurt immensely and I can’t imagine what that fella is going through.

Kyng

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What was the idea behind breaking Rekoning into two seperate pieces and placing them on opposite sides of the record?
Really, it was creating this mini story within the album. You start this record and it takes you on this little roller coaster ride. A lot of ups and downs in the beginning and then towards the middle of the record, it gets really somber and sad, if you will. Then, it brings you back up towards the end of the record. Rekoning – Pt. 1 was just this massive riff. It was just like ‘Oh, this riff is so good!’ and it was just a really heavy, stony classic. At the end of What I’m Made Of, I felt like it would be so massive if we bring that riff back at the end of the record. It closes off that whole section. It’s all encompassing what we are, so it did very well in my head. I don’t know how it translated. I hope people get that. You’re actually the first person who brought that up. There is art in creating a record and laying these songs out the way they are.

The Beginning Of What Was and The Battle Of The Saint / Lines flowed perfectly together. Did you plan for them to flow so smoothly?
There was a thing that I did with a twelve string guitar at the beginning of The Battle Of The Saint. It was this opening, and it sounded really cool. I eventually finished the song and it was kind of a weird thing that there was only six seconds of a riff, so I sat back and started to write something to entertwine those two pieces. Like a Jimmy Page thing from Led Zeppelin. He has these cool thing acoustic things that are just ear candy. I took what I did in the beginning of The Battle Of The Saint, and arranged something in that key in the twelve string and slapped them together.

Are there any new bands or albums out that you’ve been listening to?
Most of the stuff I listen to is from the past, but the new Gojira record is really awesome. Our boys in Crobot. Take a listen to that. They’re really cool. The new Clutch record is awesome for sure.

Is there anything you want to let your fans know?
Buy our new record, Breathe In The Water. It came out on October 7th, so you can go online and pick it up on iTunes. Don’t stream it on Spotify or any of that crap because we get no money for it. Please buy all your music and support the bands because we need it. Us rock n’ rollers are a dying breed.

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Zakk Sabbath

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Interview: A Conversation With Eddie Veliz of Kyng Before Their Show With Zakk Sabbath and Clutch

Little Rock experienced a true rock and roll show at the Metroplex on October 10, featuring Kyng, Clutch and Zakk Sabbath. Kyng, a trio out of Los Angeles, kicked the show off playing both new material from their newest album and their hits. Next, the rock legends that make up Zakk Sabbath: Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo absolutely stole the show with their killer set covering Black Sabbath classics. Finally, headlining the night was Clutch, who are touring in support of their eleventh studio album and are still captivating audience members with their energetic live performances.

Zakk Sabbath

Zakk Sabbath


Zakk Sabbath

Zakk Sabbath


Clutch

Clutch


Clutch

Clutch

We sat down with Eddie Veliz, lead vocalist and guitarist for Kyng before the show. The three bands continue touring through November. You can find dates here.

So you’ve been out on the road with Clutch and Zakk Sabbath for almost 2 weeks. How has this tour been so far?
It’s been great! It has been absolutely amazing. It’s really cool for us to be out on the road with Clutch because we absolutely love them so much, and they’ve taken us out a handful of times. They are a great band and their fans are amazing and they accept us in a weird way, so it’s always good for us to do that. Then we’ve got the legends in Zakk Sabbath. Zakk Wylde has been playing some killer Sabbath tunes, and it’s the best.

Did you grow up listening to Zakk Wylde’s music?
Yeah, of course! I’ve followed Zakk’s career for quite some time. I remember Pride And Joy, which was his rock n’ roll band directly after Ozzy (Osbourne) when he was doing that whole thing. I recall it all. Clutch is the same way. I’ve been listening to them for quite some time.

Kyng

Kyng


Kyng

Kyng


Kyng

Kyng

Have you picked up any tips from the other bands?
From Zakk, I’ve just been learning how to smell good. You know? You just gotta drench yourself in some body spray and walk around. Haha

Your new record was released Friday. My favorite songs have to be the title track, Breathe In The Water, and Closer To The End. What was the inspiration behind them?
Those are my two favorites as well. Just a lot of craziness that happens in life. In a lot of my songs, the lyrical content comes from something I’ve either lived or read or saw that affected me in some way or pulled on my heart in a sense. Breathe In The Water is one of those where I saw a story and it was pretty intense. I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of descriptions of it, but I felt like there should have been a song written about the loss of this fellow who lost his entire family in this whole Syrian refugee thing. He lost two kids and a wife, and he was the only one that survived. Having to go through that, for anybody to lose their family, it’s tough. That would be an amazingly hard struggle, so I kind of put my eyes through his and tried to feel that pain. It’s all there. I mean, I really couldn’t because I’ve never lost my entire family, but I’ve lost my brother and that hurt immensely and I can’t imagine what that fella is going through.

Kyng

Kyng


fans-1500x986

What was the idea behind breaking Rekoning into two seperate pieces and placing them on opposite sides of the record?
Really, it was creating this mini story within the album. You start this record and it takes you on this little roller coaster ride. A lot of ups and downs in the beginning and then towards the middle of the record, it gets really somber and sad, if you will. Then, it brings you back up towards the end of the record. Rekoning – Pt. 1 was just this massive riff. It was just like ‘Oh, this riff is so good!’ and it was just a really heavy, stony classic. At the end of What I’m Made Of, I felt like it would be so massive if we bring that riff back at the end of the record. It closes off that whole section. It’s all encompassing what we are, so it did very well in my head. I don’t know how it translated. I hope people get that. You’re actually the first person who brought that up. There is art in creating a record and laying these songs out the way they are.

The Beginning Of What Was and The Battle Of The Saint / Lines flowed perfectly together. Did you plan for them to flow so smoothly?
There was a thing that I did with a twelve string guitar at the beginning of The Battle Of The Saint. It was this opening, and it sounded really cool. I eventually finished the song and it was kind of a weird thing that there was only six seconds of a riff, so I sat back and started to write something to entertwine those two pieces. Like a Jimmy Page thing from Led Zeppelin. He has these cool thing acoustic things that are just ear candy. I took what I did in the beginning of The Battle Of The Saint, and arranged something in that key in the twelve string and slapped them together.

Are there any new bands or albums out that you’ve been listening to?
Most of the stuff I listen to is from the past, but the new Gojira record is really awesome. Our boys in Crobot. Take a listen to that. They’re really cool. The new Clutch record is awesome for sure.

Is there anything you want to let your fans know?
Buy our new record, Breathe In The Water. It came out on October 7th, so you can go online and pick it up on iTunes. Don’t stream it on Spotify or any of that crap because we get no money for it. Please buy all your music and support the bands because we need it. Us rock n’ rollers are a dying breed.

Clutch

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clutch-3-1500x861
clutch-5
clutch-10
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Zakk Sabbath

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