Kill Ferelli is a dutch pop-rock band who just released their second studio-album 'Bastards and Sweethearts'.
We reviewed this album, if you want to take a look, click here.
Kill Ferelli is on the rise! Armed with two albums and an insanely energetic live performance they're ready to conquor the world with their catchy rock songs! I suggest you get in on this!
Recently, we've had a chat with Rob Jacobs, guitarist from Kill Ferelli and asked him a few questions about Kill Ferelli.
Amongst other things we chatted about touring, the new album & future plans.
Get comfortable, enjoy the read & get to know Kill Ferelli!
So your new album, Bastards and Sweethearts, came out last friday, how are you feeling about that?
Proud and happy are two words that come to mind. We worked very hard on this for the past two years and
finally being able to release it puts a smile on our face. We're really proud of this release, and we've definitely
grown as songwriters and musicians along the way. We think it's a step up from our previous effort, as it has
more sense of direction and “as cliche as it may sound” is more mature. We had a few setbacks during the
making of this album so we're also kind of relieved the record is finally out.
What was your inspiration to write this album?
Our inspiration for this album came from many places. Themes coming from our own experiences, or stuff
we read about and saw on TV. In the end we roughly ended up with 5 tracks written for “bastards”, and 5
tracks for “sweethearts”.
You’ve released a couple of slower emotional songs in this album, what sort of reaction are you expecting
We intented to branche out a little bit more on this record. During the pre-production and mixing stage of the
album we've asked people we trusted for their opinions. They all liked the slower stuff a lot. So we kind of
knew it could work for us before releasing it last Friday. We got a lot of reaction when we streamed our piano
ballad “Stay With Me”. People really connected with it, but we think that's also due to the theme of the song.
We think the same will apply for the other slower, emotional ones. It's all really recognizable.
Do you think you’ll release any music videos any time soon?
We hope to be able to release a music video sometime soon. We definitely have lots of ideas!
What was the first gig you ever played as a band?
The first gig we ever played was in “de Azijnfabriek, Roermond”. The exact same place we played November
6th during the release of “Bastards and Sweethearts”. Kind of funny when you think about how everything
has come full circle.
What has been the most memorable show you’ve ever played and why?
I'm gonna hand this one to Kelly because she played more than a hundred shows with Kill Ferelli.
Kelly: Definitely Café du Moulin Rouge in Paris. What a lovely place and what a lovely city! It was also one of
our best shows too. The audience was great and it was sold-out. Such a cool vibe there. Hopefully we’ll be
back there sometime.
You’ve been a band for about 5 years now, how did you guys meet?
I (Rob) was not in the band until about 2 years ago, but I'll try to tell the story.
In those 5 years we've gone through some line-up changes. First, I replaced the original guitarist. Then our
bass player also moved on and got replaced by Kai. We eventually ended up adding Marlouk to the line-up,
helping us out with vocals, guitar and keys.
Kelly and the original guitarist Punto (Ferry Duijsens) met during their time in the band Viberider. Kill Ferelli
kind of started as side-project but slowly evolved into a full-blown band. Both of them had song ideas laying
around so they decided to turn those ideas into full songs. Those songs ended up on our first record “A
After she knew that Punto wanted to move on, Kelly asked me (Rob) to co-write some songs with her for Kill
Ferelli's second record. That collaberation went so well, that she eventually asked me to join the band.
...and the rest is history.
Who inspires you to make music?
When I started playing music I was all about Blink 182. I also played drums back then so Travis Barker was a
huge influence! Eventually I moved on to play guitar. I'm pretty self-taught, and me being the pop-punk addict
that I was (...and still am) I learned every song I could wrap my head around. Sitting in my room for hours on
end playing New Found Glory songs.
However, I really knew I wanted to pursue music when I first heard The Starting Line in '01. That was it. I just
had to do exactly that! And I've been playing in bands ever since.
Of course my musical taste evolved through the years, but a band like The Starting Line will always be dear
Where do you see yourselves taking your music career?
We hope to keep growing as a band, getting better as musicians and songwriters and hope all the hard work
we put in this will pay off. It would be awesome to eventually end up having a steady following and play
shows all over the world. Being able to make this a “modest living” would be a dream come true. But hey, a
band can dream right?
What can we expect from Kill Ferelli in the near future?
We're playing one or two shows before the holidays. Starting Januari 2016, we plan on doing a run across
the Netherlands trying to catch every corner of the country. Dates will be up soon!
What songs are on your most played at the moment?
I'm a huge sucker for pop music. I discoved this artist called Betty Who who released my favorite pop record
of 2015 so far. Furthermore I'm listening to the new State Champs record and Every Time I Die's “From Parts
Any last advice for our readers?
Don't overthink everything and just go do it. If you don't try, you'll never know if you could do it. If you really
believe in it, keep going even if people tell you otherwise.
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