Interview~ Jon Benjamin Of Karma Kids Talks About The Band and New Music…
Indianapolis’ Karma Kids has dropped a new single “Matrix” featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. The track appears on the trio’s upcoming album “Dystopian Dream Part Two: Land of the Free” available April 17. Part one of the double album “Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind” dropped Feb 21.
Listen to “Matrix” on Youtube: https://youtu.be/F_-mFNtLdnw.
Stream on all DSPs here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/karmakids/matrix-feat-jaret-reddick .
Joe Benjamin gave us a little insight to the band and himself in the interview below…Give it a read..
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
We’ve been a band for about 6 months now, it actually started out as a test for my recording and production and ended up with a double concept album that were all very passionate about!
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
I’ve been into music my whole life. I’ve been in plenty of bands and toured the country multiple times. It always has and always will be my passion!
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We released “Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind” in February and planned on dropping part two late summer, but given that anything music related besides digital content is on hold, we decided to go ahead and drop the record!
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Probably still managing my pizza store I’m currently at.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
I’ve been asked to sign a Jerry Garcia picture by a dude tripping face.
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
Musically I want to be remembered for really defining our emocore genre. Ive yet to hear a band strictly have late 90’s/early 00’s instrumentals with screaming vocals but no breakdowns. I’m excited to see it evolve as well.
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
That’s a hard one. Some of my favorites are probably Rx, Matrix, Hypochondria, Behind, and Blue Book. The latter, you’ll hear on our upcoming part two record April 17!
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
You can always get better. Just gotta keep at it daily!
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I’ve performed with both Blink-182 and Green Day. Fun stuff.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Glow in the dark
Who are you inspired by?
Green Day, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, The Devil Wears Prada, Haste the Day, Neck Deep
What’s an average day like for you?
Wake up, get my daughter and wife up, check emails, hang out/clean the house then head to work!
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
Always down to have any conversation with anyone!
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Performing seems to be the only thing I don’t get anxiety from, I’m just so in my zone on stage. I’m just as comfortable playing in front of 10 people as I am 20,000.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
I love Healer, Old National Center, Irving Theater, and Ruoff Home Mortgage center in our hometown of Indianapolis. Nationally some of my favorites are the Whisky A Gogo in Hollywood, Bottom of the Hill in San Fran, The Pin in Spokane, J&J’s Pizza in Denton is always fun too. So many to name!
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps
Don’t give up. Cliche but that’s the biggest thing. Push your product and market your brand right!
Karma Kids was formed in 2019 by Jon Benjamin and Zaac Wesco. Both members had backgrounds in emo, pop punk, and metalcore and decided to fuse the genres into their newly dubbed “emocore.” In February 2020, after bringing on drummer Matt Hicks they released “Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind,” a record where each song touches on a different aspect of common mental disorders. “Dystopian Dream Part Two: Land of the Free” is slated to drop April 18. The second part of the double album is all about different conspiracies affecting our modern society.