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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act? My name is Fletch.  Vocalist for the band KOKTOPUS.

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group? We hail from Lenexa Kansas.

Afresh: How did the band get the name? I had came up with the name KOKTOPUS for the band as a complete joke when we first started jamming together.  We all agreed it was a funny and we would roll with it untill we could think of something better.  Then after a few months of researching names on the internet we found that everything under the fuckin’ sun was taken.  By this time we had decided that the name KOKTOPUS was too original not to use, so we stuck with it.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of? KOKTOPUS is:  Fletch – Vocals, Big Dave – Guitar, Adam – Drums, Nick – Bass

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before? I would best describe our music as one hell of a good time!  It’s heavy, brutal ass, beer-fueled, thrash metal that stays true to the old school!  And great stuff to mosh to!

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art? We started playing shows back in March of 2008.  In january of 2009 we released a demo and got a great response from the KC metal scene.  One year after our first show Joe from LIVE EVIL PROMOTIONS gave us the opportunity of a lifetime in opening EXODUS at The Riot Room on their U.S. tour.  In june we were also added to the first day of the AMERICAN WASTE FESTIVAL that included such killer bands as TESTAMENT, UNEARTH, LAZARUS A.D., THE ESOTERIC, etc.  We have also gotten to share the stage with so many killer bands and great national acts in 2009 such as PRO-PAIN, WARBRINGER, VAMPIRE MOOOSE, SWORN ENEMY, GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN, IMPAILER, EXMORTUS, MASTER, AVENGER OF BLOOD, etc.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art? This is the first band I’ve ever had the honor of being in.  We have been playing live for just over 2 years now.  The rest of the guys have been in bands and have been playing live years before KOKTOPUS came about.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

We have all been friends for many years now.  In my opinion, that is the best thing about this band.  Big Dave and Nick have known each other since they were in high school and were both friends with Adam’s older sister.  I had moved to KC in 2000 and met them all shortly after.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for the group? I would say that the biggest challenge for this group is our schedules.  We all have completely different work schedules.  It’s hard to get us all in the same place at the same time.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles? Well’ we just take them as they come.  We all know that there is no money in this.  We just make sure we have as much fun as possible when we’re doing what we do.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? Of course, the economy has hurt the music industry.  But in the same breath, the true metal fans always come out to the shows and show their support to the fullest extent.  The metal scene in KC has to be one of the best out there!

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today? Hahaha!  The last thing I would consider myself is a celebrity, but I would have to be cliché’ and say “follow your dreams and never doubt yourself”.  I always loved music, especially heavy metal.  I also always thought it would be awesome to be in a band and play the kind of music that i loved.  The only thing was that i never learned how to play an instrument.  My friends believed enough in me to give me a microphone and get f..k.n’ loud.  Since then I haven’t looked back yet.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

I consider myself soooo lucky to have such a great family that supports me in everything I do.  I have a lot of family in the KC area and they make it out to shows as much as possible.  Even though it’s as weird as it gets to hear your own mother brag that her son is in a band named KOKTOPUS, it’s cool as hell.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? Personally, I love being in the underground metal scene and having only the true fans, that love the music and what it stands for, come out to the shows.  As far as getting the public to support the live music, heavy metal has had such a stigma attached to it that none of the more “commercialized” ways of promoting would ever touch it.  It is just recently that there have been more outlets for us to get the word out.  On a local level, I believe that some of the “mainstream media” could help out by mentioning about live local shows on the air and giving some more attention to local bands.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Not really.  I have always been the black sheep of the family in that aspect.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? I have love for all types of music (especially if the band can play a good live show) but heavy metal has always been my favorite.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing? My strongest influence in performing has been the crowd and the response they have given us.  It has been amazing to have so many people come up and tell me how much they like what we are doing.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent? I am influenced by many great front-man/ vocalist’s but there are 2 that stand out far more than any other.  Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse/Six Feet Under) for the particular style of vocals and growling that he brought to death metal.  Also, Phil Anselmo (Pantera/ Down/ Superjoint Ritual) for the way that he always holds the crowd in the palm of his hand.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? We all actually all take part in the song writing.  Big Dave is the fkin’ riff master!  He comes up with all of the guitar parts first.  Then Adam comes in with the thunder and writes all of his drums while Nick finalizes his bass riffs.  Lastly, I write all the lyrics including the backing vocals.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? If I had to change one thing about my group it would have to be our schedules.  I know it’s kind of a lame thing to say to a question that is trying to dig up some dirt, but it’s true.  I would love to change it to where we all had the same work schedule.  We could get a hell of a lot more once you got to the bills though. ***If there are any record companies out there that are reading this and want to pay us so we can quit our shitty jobs to make the music that we make and jump on the road you are more than welcome to make us an offer***

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

I personally haven’t had any stalker types after me but my bass player Nick might have a few stories.  He’s the ladies man of the group and i know for a fact that he has had a few crazy ones after him.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who have snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal? First and foremost all of us are fans of the music, so you can usually find us out in the crowd watching the other bands or drinking beers and partying with our fans and friends before we go on stage.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us? Nothing to bad or embarrassing has happened to us on stage outside of the occasional technical difficulty, but those happen to the best of bands.  Well, one time I was on stage and at about our 3rd song my girlfriend made her way to the front of the stage to tell me that my fly was down but i don’t really get embarrassed about that kind of stuff.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react? We do get the occasional person getting thrown around the mosh pit that flies onstage and will knock over our beers and sometimes a monitor.  Through that I have learned to always set up a barstool next to the drum kit for me to put my beers on.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group? That would definitely be when some died and was recessitated at one of our shows.  We were playing one night (at a bar that will remain nameless) when about halfway through our set I noticed an ambulance and fire truck in the parking lot with their lights on.  After our set was finished I asked around about what had happened.  Some people were saying that that someone had passed out in the corner and had no pulse.  When the paramedics got there they did their magic and the guy gets to live another day.  The crazy thing about the whole story is that i was having my cousin record the show and he got the whole thing on tape.  Everything from the guy walking to the corner, to him passing out, to the bouncers dragging him out, to the ambulance coming and saving the guys life.  I like to tell the story by saying that our heavy, brutal-ass, thrash metal killed him and then brought him back to life but all credit goes to the KCMO Paramedics.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News? Well, we have taken a couple of months off from booking and playing so many shows to write a few new songs.  We are hoping to get into the studio in the next couple months to record the new stuff and hopefully have something out by the end of the year.  As far as shows go, we have our next one May 29 @ The Riot Room for our good friends HAMMERLORD’s cd release party.  After that we are headlining, for what i think is the first of its kind in KC, Heavy Metal Wedding on June 6th @ The Voodoo Lounge.  From there we will be playing in the KC area throughout the summer.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done? Lamoni, Iowa at a place called the Longhorn Pub with our good friends DYSERN.  That was one hell of a place but I think it’s been closed down since we were there.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping? Personally, I don’t do it.  I’m probably one of the only fools left on the planet that would rather go out to the store and buy the actual cd.  That’s just because I like to have the whole thing, lyrics, artwork, and all.  As an artist in a band I understand that only in a perfect world would everyone get paid for their music and no one would steal it but that’s just the price you pay if you want to get your name out there.  With that being said, I guess I would take it as a compliment from being in such high demand.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved? We were asked to play a benefit show at the end of last year by our friends in THE FAMILY BAND MASSACRE and the KANSAS CITY HORROR CLUB to help out on hospital expenses for Paul Burns, friend and member of the horror club.  He was sliced in the face with a knife while trying to protect a friend of his that was physically incapable of protecting himself.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.? Not currently but if there is anyone out there (such as an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.) that can help us out and vice versa feel free to contact us.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing? We have done a few other interviews.  This is a link to one we did with The Pitch in march of 2009.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you? Our friend Rerun made a music video for our song “Submission”:

And this is us live @ The Riot Room performing “Drink the Fuck Up” with our good friend Jeff from the band TROGLODYTE.  The sound quality isn’t the greatest but it’s the only tape of it out there.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

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