we caught up with liam kohlar of rival shadows for an intimate interview
question: We are loving your new single “Breathe.” Can you tell us a little about the backstory of that song? When was it written and recorded?
answer: Thanks, yeah, “Breathe” was the first track I tried to produce during the first lockdown. I’d never really had a go at it before, I found it quite intimidating – but with a world of spare time to hand, I thought why not, especially after my last band fell apart. The track started of as an experiment, just a mess of samples, but slowly it started to make more sense and eventually I landed on the piano ‘riff’ which I thought was capable of building the song around.
question: What has been your favorite city to spend a day off in? What was your most memorable high school experience?
answer: Liverpool, there’s just something magic about it! Hiding in the back rooms of the music studio when I was supposed to be elsewhere, writing my first songs with friends.
question: Who is your current favorite band? Who are some bands you cannot live without?
answer: I’m quite an obsessive listener, I only tend to listen to one or two bands for months at a time. At the minute, I’ve been listening to The National mostly, but when I was younger and establishing my influences it was Muse, Radiohead and Linkin Park for sure.
question: What has writing “Killing Floor” taught you? What was your personal favorite TV show growing up?
answer: Prior to release I’ve been tweaking the song for months as I learn more about production. It’s been a bit of a guinea pig, teaching me how to mix heavy guitars and drums to my liking! Off the top of my head, The Simpsons.
question: Do you collaborate with anyone on music? Do you have an ultimate goal for Rival Shadows?
answer: Not currently, though I’m desperate to get some female vocalists on some of my upcoming tracks – using the pitch shifter on myself has got old pretty quick! To just keep creating music and get better at producing tracks. That, and of course getting on to the stage and playing the tracks as loud as we can to loving crowds!
we also love listening to the national for months at a time, and we want to say thank you for the interview