In this performer question and answer session, I speak with Kite Flying Robot, who will be performing a free show at the Norman Music Festival. Kite Flying Robot will perform at Fowler VW Opolis/Blackwatch Outdoor Stage on Saturday, April 25 at 5:00 PM. Since this is the eighth year for the festival, here are eight questions to get to know the performers, as answered by Nikolas Thompson.
1. For those unfamiliar, how would you describe yourself and your music?
“Well if you asked ten different people what Kite Flying Robot sounds like, you’d get ten different answers.”Well if you asked ten different people what Kite Flying Robot sounds like, you’d get ten different answers. The best I can describe it is retro-futurist, there’s a strong rock influence rhythmically and aggressively, but the arrangements are pretty lush on synths and strings and other instruments. For better or worse, there aren’t really any two songs that sound alike. Some songs are a little New Wave, a la Depeche Mode, some are a little more pop, some incorporate hip hop beats, and some are a little more aggressive rock. Short answer, imagine the 80s went on forever into a Tron-like futurescape where Atari-pixelated David Bowie rules the light-up dance floors.
2. What song would like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
It’s hard to say, because our listeners all lean toward different songs. Off our new album, “Fire with Me” and “On Your Merry Way” seem to be popular with listeners in ways I didn’t expect, and “Red Phone Booth” off our last album is still a crowd favorite.
3. What’s your song writing process?
The song-writing process is always different, which is good because I end up with varied results. Sometimes I hear an entire arrangement in my head and I run to a recording device to get it all down. Sometimes I write a beat first, sometimes a melody, it just depends. You have to be open to inspiration at all times. Sometimes I’ll be singing a beat idea into my phone in the work bathroom so I can remember it when i get home.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
“There are so many incredible Oklahoma-based bands that audiences need to be introduced to and NMF is fantastic platform for these bands to be heard.”I love the Norman Music Festival and I can’t wait to perform in it again. There are so many incredible Oklahoma-based bands that audiences need to be introduced to and NMF is fantastic platform for these bands to be heard.
5. In general, what inspires you?
I’m mostly influenced by the unexpected weirdness of life. If I ever allow myself to get comfortable or bored in life, my songwriting will probably suffer. Luckily I have a lot of unique people and experiences to keep the fire burning for a long time methinks.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I’ve traveled a lot, and while I love it and will keep doing it, I would probably elect to tour the world with my band.
7. Any plans while you’re in the area?
I’m planning to see a lot of fabulous friends, musicians, and weirdos I love.
8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
Existence is pretty weird isn’t it? Let’s have a good time, and be excellent to each other, while pondering the strangeness of what it is to be alive. Also come check out our live show, haha.