EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KAYA TARSUS OF BLOOD YOUTH @ LEGEND CLUB, MILAN, ITALY.
Live @ LEGEND CLUB, Milan with Krashah and Deep As Ocean
on March 27th, 2019
Hailing from Yorkshire, United Kingdom, nu metal hardcore bruisers BLOOD YOUTH return to the scene with sophomore album STARVE out on February 22nd, 2019 via Rude Records. This is following up first LP Beyond Repair dating back to 2017. The band formed in Harrogate in 2014 and features vocalist Kaya Tarsus, guitarist Chris Pritchard, bassist Matt Hollinson and drummer Sam Hallett.
Our editor-in-chief Alex had a fabulous opportunity to have a chat with KAYA TARSUS of Blood Youth just before their live show at Legend Club, in Milan, Italy on March 27th, 2019 as part of their Starve UK/EU Headline Tour held in March 2019.
Hi Kaya, it’s really nice to meet you.
Hi nice to meet you too.
My name’s Alex. I got just a very quick interview for you, just a few questions really.
Yeah, that’s cool.
Let’s talk about you background and how BLOOD YOUTH has been put together back in the days.
Blood Youth was kinda put together through I guess lots of friends just coming together and just kind of craving just writing music together. Once I got the call to be in Blood Youth I was actually in Barcelona at that time, and then I kind of quit my job on the second day, I was working in an office and I got a phone call from Chris our guitarist and he said : ”Do you wanna start a band? You have to come back right now” so I walked into the manager’s office and I said “I quit” and I walked out and..here we are.
I would love to talk about your album STARVE. So in terms of the writing process, what was different for this record as opposed to Beyond Repair dating back to 2017?
Yeah, I guess Beyond Repair was kind of just an extension of our EPs, we were very safe and we knew the songs we were writing were gonna be accepted straight away and it was just songs that our fans would want to hear basically. With Starve we just kind of wanted to turn anything on its head and we just wanted to do something that nobody was expecting us to do because at the end of the album cycle for Beyond Repair we saw that everybody had figured this out as a band, everybody had pigeonholed us and knew what they were going to expect from Blood Youth. So we just kind of wanted to just really change all up and just kinda be crazy with it.
Photo credit KARMA PHOTO. Right to use permitted by courtesy of Emanuela Giurano photographer.
Ok, that’s cool. So what lyrical themes were important for you to discuss in STARVE?
It’s all just about to be honest really and it’s about kind of opening up to how you really feel and not really holding back and when I was writing the lyrics that was kind of what I wanted to do, I have always just played very safe and didn’t say things because I thought it was just too kind of honest. Well for this time I was like fuck it, what’s the point of, you know, holding back. So we just kind of went for it and it could have come either way, people could have been like, you know, I don’t like this, but people seems they really like this so that’s really cool.
So it seems that you guys have recorded the album on a farm, haven’t you?
So how was it like and what mindset was behind that choice?
Well, because of the album. Its sound is quite scary. And we wanted the album to sound a bit like a nightmare, to sound a bit like it could be the soundtrack to like a horror movie or something. So we wanted to kind of submerge ourselves into that kind of claustrophobic mindset so we were like, we had to escape from everything for a while so we just went to this farm in the middle of nowhere, and no signal no anything like that and you know, the closest shops were at three hour walk away. So we were just in there and we only had each other for three weeks, and it was just crazy. At the end of it we were just kind of we felt like the outside world just didn’t really exist, it felt really weird.
Oh, I see. And what were the most challenging aspects working on the record?
I guess it’s just more about personal challenges of changing everything up and just a whole new sound and everything like that. And it’s more just kind of about a personal battle with yourself, yourself as a musician and as a writer, you’re always questioning yourself. We recorded this album last July, so we had it for a long time. So I had just to stop listening to it, because I was just judging myself all the time. And then I listened to it for the first time on the day it was released and I was just like: “Oh this is kind of good” ahaha.
That’s cool, so what about the easiest ones then?
The easiest? I guess it’s just doing what we do, this is what we do and it’s just really cool to kind of write and it always kind of flows really well when you’re working with people that you’re very close with.
Just give me an idea of a couple of songs your fans are digging along this tour and you always have on your setlist.
From the new stuff, people are really like Keep You Alive.
I like it too, that’s a really great song.
They really like Nerve as well. Just it’s kind of, our sound has always hit like a hundred miles per hour, so it’s just like punching them in the face constantly so..it’s really cool just to kinda play those slower songs and just kind of change it up a bit and just slow things down for a little bit. It kinda makes it more of a show. That’s really cool.
So last year you have shared the stage with Stone Sour, in 2018, so I would love you to share just an amazing memory on stage with Stone Sour.
You know that was really strange, that was really surreal for us because actually the first day of the Stone Sour tour we did, was the day after we came out of the studio recording stuff. So we showed up looking like zombie. We were just all like a bit really tired and then all of a sudden we’re just in catering and Corey Taylor walks up to our table and he’s like: “Hey how is it going?” And it was like: “Wow” you know.
Oh My God.
That’s what we did, we were like: “Oh my God”. So it was really cool and it was just really awesome to get to hang with one of your heroes and just be in that presence and they’re just so cool. They always, you know, always say: “Don’t meet your heroes and don’t do this”. But honestly Corey Taylor is the most down to earth person we’ve ever met in this industry, it’s crazy.
It’s really nice. So you got a Slipknot influence too in your sound.
A last question. What do you have in store in 2019 after your tour?
We’re just gonna be touring ever more, we’re playing a lot of festivals so I guess the right answer to your question, it’s more touring really. We’ve just started the album cycle so we’re just gonna be on the road for now on and just a lot of festivals. We’re really looking forward to playing festivals, we’re playing Reading and Leeds this summer for the second year in a row, so that’s really cool.
We’re done, thank you so much for your time, it was really nice to speak to you Kaya and good luck for your show in Milan!
Thank you very much, thank you.
SICK AND SOUND is thankful and grateful to KINDA Agency for making it possible for us to access the show and being also honored with this exclusive personal interview with KAYA TARSUS of BLOOD YOUTH.
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