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Life & Work with Kris Butcher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kris Butcher.

Kris Butcher

Hi Kris, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been performing and writing music for over twenty years now. In the past, I’ve always played a supporting role in someone else’s band or project, which I love doing. But after having toured the world a handful of times doing that, I felt a growing curiosity about starting a band of my own. In 2018, I recorded and released the first Kilo Bravo record. It started out as a bit of a solo project, but I knew I wanted it to be a band. In 2019, I got our bassist Dave Pelusi and drummer Greg Anderson involved to work on the next record ‘Chew This Slow’ both of whom I’d known from playing in other projects throughout the years. During the pandemic, we enlisted Adrian Sanchez on guitar, and the four of us are the band you see and hear today. Currently, we are in the process of planning the release of our next record ‘Good Grief’ due out in early 2024.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s a never-ending struggle. That’s life isn’t it? Today as an artist I think just getting people’s attention and maintaining their interest is tough. Especially being someone who’s not content-driven. I always prefer quality over quantity. In the realm of what we do the hurdles generally remain the same; it can be especially financially challenging. A career in music, or any creative endeavor for that matter is going to be an uphill battle I think. But, it’s a labor of love as they say. Personally, a big challenge for me is being able to balance and manage my time day to day between my day job and my pursuits as a creative. Time is not on our side, haha.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I think if you were to ask around I’m best known as a guitarist, more specifically my slide guitar playing given my work in other bands over the last decade. But what I always say is I’m a songwriter who happens to also play guitar. I’ve always thought of myself as a songwriter. The great thing about being a songwriter is if you’re any good at it, your voice is what you specialize in. Having a unique but relatable perspective. I’d like to think I specialize in being myself. I also think that in terms of being a “rock band” as a listener, what the four of us do together feels like a refreshing take on what can at times feel like a tired genre. We really shine in a live environment.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I actually don’t consider myself a big risk taker, but there’s inherent risk in pursuing a creative path. I mean I’ve flown to Europe to be on tour for a month with $40 in my pocket not knowing if we had hotels to stay in or if the tour we booked with this agent was legit. I guess that was pretty risky… or maybe reckless? Either way, it all worked out. The types of risks I generally take is betting on myself and investing in myself. I think that’s always worth it. Even when it doesn’t go as planned, there’s always an opportunity to learn and gain a new perspective.

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Photos of full band – Devin O’Brien

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