She’s outspoken, independent, badass, and does not give a damn about anything besides her music. KILLBOY has made her way across the country from Texas, to Nashville, and now Los Angeles, writing, recording, engineering, and producing her own Pop-smash singles.
Today, KILLBOY has released her first single of the New Year, “U + ME“. The song is a product of her crush, and simply, how she “can’t get this bitch up out her head”.
Photo taken by: Daniel Kelly
BTS: Introduce yourself to the readers.
KILLBOY: Hey my name’s KILLBOY. I’m an artist, producer, singer, songwriter, musician, engineer, and basically, I just fucking love making music.
BTS: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?
KILLBOY: Well, I feel like Trap and Death Metal inside, but then I sit down to make music and it just poops out pop. 🙁
BTS: What are/who are some inspirations for your music?
KILLBOY: I’m inspired to write about my life and say things exactly how they happen; it’s less to make up, and I feel like I usually get further connecting with people by just telling the truth. As far as music inspiration, I listen to a lot of Rap, Pop, Rock, and anything with hardcore guitars. I also stay listening to music I hate because it teaches me a lot about things I never thought to do, and sparks new ideas by reminding me what I want to do the opposite of.
BTS: Tell me about your first single, “U + Me”. What is the inspiration behind this track?
KILLBOY: I was home alone. My crush was sending me paragraphs and being mad because I had a boyfriend. I said something heartless to which she responded “Wow” proceeded to block me, and I got bored and started writing this song. Like any other song I write, I just started describing what happened: We were in the whip, on the I-5, I was on the phone, she was about to cry, I couldn’t understand why she was so mad at me… find out what happens next by streaming “U + ME” today.
BTS: You’re also releasing a music video for “U + Me” alongside the single — What was it like working on a music video and being a part of that process for this song?
KILLBOY: I had this idea of a party in a house floating in space where I’m with my crush and time stops and it’s magical. Then, I just kick her out into oblivion for no apparent reason —I drew pictures and everything. I was looking for directors with styles I liked and found STRIPMALL on Instagram and knew they would kill it.
They were so chill & professional. The shoot was really laid back. I had text-invited all my favorite friends and expected maybe 2 or 3 to show up, but they all showed up. My video commissioner, Emily, was really stressed at the amount of people there, but I was just like, damn, I must be a good friend for everyone to show up – and that was a great feeling!
BTS: You write, produce, AND perform — Take me through your journey as an artist — where did it all begin?
KILLBOY: I’m not sure how young I was, but I always made up songs. I had found this tape recorder in the house and I figured out you could record two tracks on top of each other, so I would record me humming a melody and then sing over it. My parents told me if I sang in the fourth grade talent show they would get me an electric guitar — I sang “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne. Next, I got a laptop, Office Depot desk mic, and this free music program called Audacity, and ever since then, it’s been over for you, bitches.
BTS: How do you connect with your listeners?
KILLBOY: We do Instagram Lives a lot and hang out, talk, mess around with music, play unreleased stuff. I love Twitter. I always try to comment back on my videos and stuff. I’m thinking about making a Discord in 2021.
BTS: What’s something readers should know about you?
KILLBOY: That I don’t fucking care and you shouldn’t either. We get one chance and that’s it. Do everything. Be everything. Accept yourself already. Say how you feel. Say what you’re thinking. Do things you like to do.
BTS: What does the rest of 2020 and beyond look like for you?
KILLBOY: Writing music, practicing guitar, feeding my cats & fish, pumping iron at the gym, hanging with friends way past the LA curfew, watching Anime, snowboarding, hoping quarantine will end, and wondering why everyone except my crush is texting me back.