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An Interview With WKNDR

A new single release from WKNDR boasts quite a universally beautiful sound with a contemporary pop single that reflects classic rock undertones and comes through with a passion and a cinematic backbone.

"Color Of Your Love" is a gorgeous track that shines with a message that has an impactful and powerful approach and it's meant for just about everyone out there.

The song has such a moving statement and sound that it can make the hairs on your arms stand up.

The instrumentation is lush and colorful with flute trickling through the piece giving it this full-bodied style.

You really get this feeling as the song plays on. It sinks in and you can understand more from it. It's so important to have music like this now.

The track is bountiful and has a pallet that's unforgettable.

Vocals are massive and vast with harmonies that grab at you and flow like water letting you just swim through it all.

This was such a gracefully performed single that it's hard to shake off.

With such a wonderful release, we wanted to have a chat with WKNDR about the song to find out where it came from and what may be next for them. Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with the "Color of Your Love". This record has such a great classic contemporary rock feel to it. Where did this single come from?

From Jim, our lead singer, who wrote it: When I began writing this song, I was thinking about a good friendship that had recently ended – an empty room I would frequently encounter kept reminding me of how much I missed that person. At the same time, Richmond was seeing a summer of protests in reaction to the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. After participating in a protest march in July (the only one I did, so I really didn't do much), I realized that a song about estrangement between 2 people could also speak to the alienation between people of different color. So with the third verse, the song expands to recognize that as a people, we remain divided and unknown to each other. I want to somehow sing into that darkness and know the other person – their name, their language, their experience. In the end, the song is about how we often draw lines and pick those we love based on the color of their skin. What is the color of your love?

Buzz Slayers: When did this all start for you guys?

((The band or the song? Let me know and I'll answer this))

Buzz Slayers: This record has some great styles! Can you all give us some of your top musical influences?

One of the things that makes our band unique is the combination of musical backgrounds. We have roots in Americana, jam bands, EDM/pop, classical, alternative, and more. Combining those in a way that gets everyone excited and fits the music is challenging, but it's very rewarding when it all comes together! Together, our biggest influences as a band are definitely Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Wilco, and the Head and the Heart.

Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

We all have day jobs - Jim is a doctor, Ali is a medical editor, Adam is a physical therapist, and Aaron is a project manager at a power company. We all have families, so a lot of our free time is spent with them. Elliot is the bachelor of the group and gives music lessons and has a side solo project.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?

Personally, I (Ali) am all over the place. My main playlist has everything from Mary J. Blige to Radiohead, and all sorts of genres. I like to bounce around!

Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?

Oh, definitely! We play live shows around twice a month. We just played two big shows last week at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden here in Richmond, VA, and then at the Ting Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA. We have two shows coming up at popular breweries here over Labor Day weekend.

Buzz Slayers: This track feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?

Be true to yourself and the music that moves you. Yeah, you want to please your audience, but changing your music to fit a certain mold or do what's trendy is not going to pay off in the long run. Take the time to make music you feel good about, make a recording plan, and follow through with your plan. Pay attention at every point during the recording process so you feel good about how it's coming along.

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

We're going to continue to play live shows on the regular, and we have some more singles coming out probably over the next few months. Beyond that, we have lots of ideas, so we'll see what bubbles to the surface! I think a music video will have to be on the horizon. It's been a while since we've done one of those.

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

We do this all for the love of our fans. Hearing from you all how much one of our songs pumps you up or speaks to you is just the best. Playing live shows and feeling the energy from the crowd is an experience like no other. We want you all to feel like this is YOUR journey, too, and we thank you for coming along with us!!

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