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Meet Kid Planet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kid Planet.

Please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hi there! We’re Kid Planet. Our band was formed when our lead singer, Hannah, made the move from Nashville to Los Angeles. When she arrived on the west coast, she uploaded the songs she’d been writing online. Those songs would eventually be the majority of our first EP. Her post reached Steven (drums) and Dan (bass). Gotta love craigslist. After months of rehearsing and tightening up the songs, we released our first EP, Most Days, in July of 2018. Following our debut release, we were in need of a lead guitar player. Steven introduced us to his childhood friend, Chris, who ended up being exactly what we needed. The four of us have been performing around Los Angeles and writing new material for the past year in preparation for our next release, which will be out in early 2020.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
We usually describe our style as grungy, alternative rock, but we struggle putting a genre to it. The four of us all have our own unique personalities and influences that, when combined, create our sound. For example, Chris is influenced by a lot of metal and instrumental music, where the majority of Hannah’s inspiration comes from 90s grunge and indie rock. Steven holds it down on the drums with high energy rock beats and a sprinkle of punk, though his influences are wide ranging as well. Lastly, Dan’s bass lines are the piece that bring it all together. He’s always thinking outside the box and creating unique parts that take our songs to the next level and really set us apart.  Writing together pushes us out of our usual comfort zone, which leads us to new and exciting material. We don’t always mesh on what we listen to on our own time, but when we get together, we all seem to have an unspoken understanding of what Kid Planet should sound like. It’s definitely a unique hybrid of our individual styles.

We don’t have a formula for how we write music, as the four of us are always bringing new ideas to the table. Lyrically, Hannah writes about her own personal experiences involving love, friendships, life experiences and interactions that she hopes are relatable to people from all different walks of life.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
That’s a tough one. The industry is changing so much that a lot of the challenges can also be opportunities… as cheesy as that sounds. Unfortunately, the majority of people aren’t listening to full albums like they used to. We’re constantly searching for entertainment, but we’re so quick to skip a song after the first 10 seconds. For current artists, it’s all about adapting. There’s so much content out there – truly an endless volume of entertainment, and you have to find new and creative ways to get your music heard. But at the same time, it’s all at our fingertips.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I’m not sure that we can say the role of artists have changed. Art is a reflection of our environment. Local, national and international events/issues have and will always affect art. For us, music is our personal outlet to voice our outlook on the world we live in. Lately, there’s a lot to be angry about and there’s a lot of turmoil in our country. I do think that comes out in our music. Music is our platform to share our opinions, frustrations, hopes, etc. and I think you’ll hear that in the songs and feel that in our live performances. At the end of the day, the best thing about music is that it brings people from all different walks of life together and can start conversations that might not have usually begun.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Our music is available on all major platforms. We’re active on social media and would love to connect with anyone that enjoys our music. Soon, we will be launching a crowdfunded campaign for our next release. We’re stoked to share what we’ve been working on for the past year. Catch us at our last live show of 2019 this December 15th at Harvard & Stone, as we close out the year.

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Kid Planet, other photos were taken by Dion Aghajani

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