Interview with LokkisKott

Photo Credit: @markbondphotograhy

Your track “Deep Inside” develops with intrigue, from chiming guitar lushness into  impassioned vocals. It’s great! Is there a particular theme you’re conveying on the  track? 

Hell yeah there is! The theme is literally reflecting the song’s title “Deep Inside”. It was written  to resonate with the beauty and fullness of life, time, and how short it all is, whilst battling the  gut-wrenching darkness we can all carry “deep down inside”. It swirls around ideas like the  anxiety of the clock not stopping and how our thoughts and emotions can blind us from  moving forward, wasting that time.  

The chorus blasting the idea of killing “them”, is referring to asking for help to kill our horrible thoughts, and “so slowly, so that he stops crying” being to only fix the problem one step at a time, as too much change can have a negative effect. “I just want you to feel their  pain, drivin’ you insane, because it’s driving me crazy” is saying, I want you to feel my  thoughts’ pain, drive you insane because I am sick of it. I want to get rid of it and I want you to  have it. But I also want you to understand it to help me. It’s a very weird, multi-idea part  which shadows our primitive self-preservation and even envy, but us begging for help as well. 

You note your biggest vocal influence as Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. What  struck you about his fantastic, immersive vocal delivery the most when you  discovered him in high school? 

So, I’m sure it was the song “The Messenger” from their “A Thousand Suns” album which I  mentioned was the first track where I really paid attention to his voice. What struck me at  that point, for that song, was how bright, bold, and emotionally engaging his voice was.  Before that song, I don’t recall paying attention to it, really. Even his aggressive vocals, which  ironically became the mother of my style. That aside though, as much as I love him and Linkin Park, and will always remember where I came from, I don’t want to be defined by that. I want  to be known for my artistry.

You note an interest in cinema and theatre as well. Do you have any particular  inspirations in that realm? 

Oh, God. Here we go, haha!  

I loved drama in high school, for a start. I think that’s where all these creative sparks were  really fed and watered! I performed and also saw a few stage-plays back then, one with Hugo  Weaving in it. I just loved everything about all of it. It lit a fire in my guts. 

Leaving that time and going onwards, the biggest sparks were Heath Ledger’s Joker in the  movie “The Dark Knight”, and Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise in the 2017 remake of “IT”. After  watching “IT”, I actually spent five eighteen-hour days writing a script, which now is a  finished screen play waiting for its time. I think around this time, or just before it too, I started  pursuing acting, but it wasn’t the right time. Maybe later. 

What’s your favorite venue to perform at? 

Anywhere my fans and I have the best of times, honestly! I really can’t wait for big stadiums  one day. Not just because I love it, but because I will also get to see all my fans for real and  that’s something gorgeous to me! 

Do you have a specific process or ritual when creating new music?

No. For me, it’s however it comes about is the way it should flow until later when it’s polished. 

Any favorite artists or albums you’re listening to at the moment? 

Memorist’s song “The Empiric” is a killer. Sam Smith’s song “Unholy” is bringing back some  nostalgia from a year ago, and the same for Linkin Park’s “Lost”. Kanye West’s song  “Heartless” is also amongst these.

What do you find is the most satisfying part of being an artist? 

I love watching ideas become reality, and we haven’t even gotten to the big stuff yet. This  doesn’t just mean in music either. I love to accomplish goals in everything. That’s our power as  humans. 

What is the biggest challenge you find in today’s music industry? 

I think it’s the same challenges that we are faced with from the entire world with everything.  The world and society are constantly changing, and the generational cultures and norms are  changing as well. The industry has evolved the way it was predicted to go, I guess.  

Overall, the biggest challenge, I think, is the density of it, and the niche versus the mainstream.  However, all of this being said, everything seems to have its place, for now. But this will only  last for as long we keep anything and everything alive. As the great Stephen Hawking once  said, “While there is life, there is hope”. Only one monthly listener on Spotify could’ve been a  producer listening who is about to blow your career up. So, never give up! 

What’s upcoming for the project?

Ooooh, this question! Fun! Fun! Fun!  

An album and all of its glory is on its way! I’m unsure of the details. But, it’s planned to be  drip-fed over the next year or two. By the end of this year, we should see some action. Keep an eye on the socials, and you’ll see the momentum pick up.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

Send your music to [email protected].

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.