KILLCODE on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Killcode

KILLCODE is a five piece band based in New York City. Their unique sound is a product of their diverse influences and has been described as “Southern infused Metal / Rock with modern vocals.” KILLCODE’s songs are hooky super charged sing along anthems with BIG guitars and driving rhythms.

The band has appeared on Prog Sphere’s Progstravaganza XVIII: Transforma compilation. Bass player, Erric Bonesmith answered the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.

How did you come to do what you do?

I went for a ride in my older brothers Impala Convertible  (I think the car was a 71′) and he put on Van Halen’s Diver Down. I knew right then that I wanted to make rock&roll my life. After hearing the first Black Sabbath album, I was pushed in a little heavier direction but, it’s all rock&roll man.

What is your first musical memory?

Listening to Johnny Cash and Charlie Daniels with my Pop.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everywhere, every breath, everything! For real… I can’t imagine that it’s possible to be a real “artist” if you don’t have it in you to just be singing, writing, painting… Whatever it is you do, all day everyday. It doesn’t have to be physical but, there should ALWAYS be a song or a picture or words flowing in your mind.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

Nah. It never starts the same way. It might be the rhythm first or the melody or whatever but we are also lucky to have 5 guys in this band that are real musicians and real writers. That’s why :::KILLCODE::: is so eclectic. It’s not just one vision for five guys but, instead, five guys for one vision.

What is your method of songwriting?

Live, drink, f*ck, eat, rock and at the end of the day… Tell a story about it.

How do you see your music evolving?

Much like a jellyfish. Beautiful and fluid but, one helluva sting when necessary.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Just do it and don’t take anything for granted. There is no entitlement and no one owes you anything. You need to work hard then work more. Boots in the ground getting your name out there and establish a brand for people to recognize you by. Get your sound, get your image and bust your ass.

What are you looking forward to?

Sitting on a porch in the mountains, dog at my feet, surrounded by family and looking at my platinum albums on the wall thinking “that was a helluva ride”.


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