Kimi Recor reigns out of the city of Angels and is about to release her new alt-pop album of Dreamy, Dark, Haze Pop sounds called The Eternal Lonesome. She has come into her own as an artist with captivating verses and chorus’ that find their way deep into your being. From pain comes greatness and her music is nothing short of eternal goodness. It’s our privilege to bring her story to the Dark Beauty readers…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Germany, and now I live in Echo Park.
You used to live in San Francisco and have been in LA for awhile now. What was the deciding factor for you to move to Los Angeles and why?
I always loved San Francisco, from the minute I stepped foot in it, it was like this dreamy world full of Peter Pans and surreal beautiful creatures. It was so easy to be there, to just live in suspended motion, because it was just its own little universe, you know? It’s changed a lot since then, and that world doesn’t exists there anymore, but at the time, when I lived there it did. It freaked me out how comfortable I was there. I felt like I was becoming stagnant, and I wanted a change. LA was kind of this new frontier for me, because I had only spent a little time there. It was super exciting to just go somewhere and have no idea what was going to happen. So that’s why I left SF and came to LA!
Let’s start with the meaning of your project, Draemings. Could you describe to our readers what it means to you?
Well, Draemings is a really personal project. I know that sounds ridiculous, because all projects should be personal. For me it was the first time that I was responsible and accountable for everything in a project. I spent my late teens/early twenties rolling around the floor, singing in bands with friends and doing a lot of drugs and partying. It was super fun, but I don’t think it made me a better musician. When I moved to LA I started a band with 6 of my friends, and decided to learn how to play guitar so that I could be a better songwriter. Draemings came about after that project broke up. After a long term relationship I was in ended, my entire life felt like it was spiraling, and the loneliness was insane. So I just locked myself away and wrote and produced my first Draemings EP. It was the first time that I had ever created something entirely by myself and even though I was in this really dark space, it lit me up like nothing ever had before.
I’m really loving your new single and video ‘Like A Ghost‘! This seems like a very personal track, describe it’s lyrics and meaning for us:
It’s a song about breaking up, the motions we go through, the way it feels when someone you’ve loved for so long becomes a stranger almost instantly. Breakups are so volatile but if you let them, they can teach you so much about yourself.
How did this project come into formation?
Once I had the first EP written, I recruited friends to play with me live, and it just went really fast from there. My best friend Chris Vick joined the band early on and I consider him a permanent member. He’s mega talented as a songwriter and guitarist. We got signed by Sumerian Records 4 months after playing our first show. Since then the band has gained Tom Thorsen as a bass player, he’s another incredible musician. Tom makes amazing dark electronic based music and has a voice like David Bowie. He’s also an incredible producer, and I think we’ll probably work together on doing a record together down the line. We rotate our drummer position between Alex Possell and my friend Jes Calcaterra. Alex is going to med-school next year, but I’m making him drum as much as possible until then. Jes was the drummer in my high school punk band, and she went on tour with us last spring. She’s an amazing drummer, and has the best vibes ever.
Your debut Album is Coming Soon, featuring performances by Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins of A Perfect Circle. Tell us more about this collaboration:
When I was recording the full-length with Eric Palmquist, I didn’t really have a band together. It was basically Chris and myself. So when it came down to having live drums and bass, we didn’t really have anyone. My label thought Matt and Jeff would be a great fit, and so Chris and I met with them one afternoon. We ended up spending the whole afternoon talking and laughing together. They are both such sweet, amazing souls and some of the best players I’ve ever played with. I was hesitant at first, because I didn’t want my record to sound super “hard rock”, but Jeff and Matt are such versatile players they added so much to the record.
You spent some time in New York, I’d love to hear some stories:
I don’t remember very much, haha. I moved to New York for a few years in my very early twenties, and I was wild. I have many memories of 6am, driving through the cold deserted streets in the back of a cab and drinking champagne on the rooftops of Bushwick. Falling in love every night. Pretending I was somebody else all the time. They were the best of times, they were the worst of times.
What is your ultimate goal and what mark would you like to leave on the world?
My goals shift, but I think the ultimate goal is to be happy and to leave the world a better place then when I found it.
What’s in your ipod?
Lately a lot of podcasts and books on tape. Music wise, I’m really into strange ambient soundscapes, The Cure, Ace of Base (when I want to dance) and old country music.
Favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?
Fiore Market Cafe in Pasadena- best vibe, great fresh food, and the owners are amazing as well as inspiring. If I’m feeling fancy, then Shojin.
You and I definitely have a history, we met around 8 years ago at our mutual friend Raj Lathigara’s loft. It’s so amazing to see you grow as an artist, could you tell us about your previous project back then:
I think when I met you I was still doing The Invisibles? I’ve had so many projects throughout the years, but I definitely remember meeting you. I think I was doing The Invisibles – it was an Electropunk band that was signed to DJ Hell’s label in Germany. I had a blonde mullet and drank strawberry Andre for breakfast lunch and dinner. It was a good time.
We’d love to hear about your upcoming plans:
I’ll be releasing my full length late spring/early summer. I’m planning a couple of West Coast tours for early spring and then hopefully touring throughout 2016. Of course, always writing and collaborating. ‘LIKE A GHOST’ OUT NOW! CLICK PIC BELOW TO ORDER:
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
For some reason all I can think of when I think of Dark Beauty, is Black Beauty, as in the horse from the movie. Beautiful, wild-tempered, and untamable.