Chris Luca of KillSET Discusses Kris Kross, STFU, and Nu-Metal with MUEN Magazine!

August 9, 2017 by: Shauna O'Donnell

Contributor’s Note:  STFU by KillSET is definitely an album that brings people back to rap-core and nu-metal!  They included a quite unique cover of “Jump” by Kris Kross.  Check out KillSET at Facebook at www.facebook.com/killsetofficial.  Here is my conversation with Chris Luca, the vocalist of KillSET!


Matty: Chris, thank you for taking the time to interview with me for Madness To Creation.  What inspired you to join KillSET?
Chris: No problem. I joined the band because from the moment we sat down and started creating music, it was clear that the guys had the same vision as I did. The “anything goes” attitude towards writing really got me excited and I knew right then, that we would make diverse music that encompassed all the styles that I already loved.

Matty: I feel like nu-metal is going through a resurgence in today’s mainstream rock scene, what do you feel this genre offers that other genres don’t necessarily offer?
Chris: I think the nu-metal era was awesome and I love that people are back to embracing it so much!  It offers flavor!  It was a time where bands could embrace various genres with their music. I think people are sick of hearing the same generic, bland stuff.  It’s funny because I truly had no idea that our style would be so much compared to or categorized as nu-metal until a lot of these reviews started happening. We set out to create a very diverse and flavorful album and I think we accomplished that. I love all styles/genres of music. For me, as long as it gets me bouncing the hook is solid, I’m into it!
Matty:   Congratulations on the release of “STFU”, I really enjoyed how your band is not afraid to push the musical boundaries.  Give me a day in the life of the writing process for a KillSET song?
Chris: Thank you. The writing process is simple and is governed by one rule…..”If it’s cool, then it’s cool”, haha! We don’t stress on what style/genre it is, which is evident with S.T.F.U.  If something feels right musically, then we simply go for it.

Matty:  Tell us about the parody video for “Jump”.  Craziest moment in the music video that will cause viewers to pay attention.
Chris: That was the most fun we ever had shooting a music video!  Personally, I think the twist at the end really shows that we are just having fun with what we do and are cool with poking fun at ourselves.  I mean, if you aren’t enjoying creating music and shooting videos, then why the hell are you in this crazy industry?  For those who haven’t seen it yet, you’ll just have to go check it out!

Matty:  Has Kris Kross responded to the video?  If so, what was their reaction? If they haven’t what do you think Kris Kross’s reaction will be?
Chris: They haven’t. I would love to hear what the people that were involved in creating the original think of our version.  I tagged the producer, Jermaine Dupri in a post, but he has yet to respond. I feel we did it justice and hope that they would dig it.

Matty: I really enjoyed the song “Bully”, was this based upon personal experience or is it more of a social commentary take on it?  What can we do as a society to stop bullying?
Chris: “Bully” is a personal experience of mine, but I feel like there are many people that can relate to it. Ultimately it’s about standing up to those who bully.  I’m not sure what can be done about bullying as a whole in society, but it is an important issue and if the song can help someone that is going through it,  then that would be awesome.
Matty:  We have lost the beloved Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.  What was your reaction and would you say he influenced you as a vocalist?  If he didn’t, who are your influences in your vocals?
Chris: I’m devastated. Chester was an amazing frontman and was incredibly influential to me growing up.  As a singer, he was definitely someone to look up to and I am very saddened by what happened.

Matty: What can fans expect from a KillSET concert?
Chris: A good time, high energy and destruction!
I always tell the guys that if we don’t come of stage, out of breath, drenched in sweat, and about to throw up, then we didn’t do our job!
Matty:  What can fans expect from this album?
Chris:  A rollercoaster ride of flavor!

Matty:  Giving you the floor to give a shoutout to your fans and where people can find you!
Chris: We want to thank all of our friends/fans…The Killers! Without their incredible support, we wouldn’t have even been able to make this album. People can find us everywhere!

Matty:  Thank you very much for taking the time to interview with me for MUEN Magazine!
Chris: Thanks for having me and for the positive review of S.T.F.U.!

And there you have it!  Go pick up a copy of S.T.F.U. at any digital online retailer.  Here is the video of “Jump” by KillSET.  Check it out here.
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