Skylar Kilborn and Logan Grimé make up Midi Matilda. The duo started getting attention with their YouTube videos and this led to them getting signed to Five Seven Music. They released their debut EP, Red Light District this past March and they’re currently working on their debut album to be released sometime in early 2014. Alternative Addiction caught up with the guys to talk about their duo and a little bit about what inspires their music. They had played together in different bands in the past, but working on Midi Matilda music, they started their approach differently than with previous projects.
“I feel more and more people are finding different ways of coming up with songs,” said Midi Matilda’s drummer Logan Grimé. “Sometimes we make songs in the classic way of stripping it down with a guitar or a piano or something. But a lot of times we’ll make music in the computer and then we’ll record the entire song and then learn how to play it. That’s happened with a bunch of our songs. We made them that way and then we figured out a way to play them when it came time to play them in front of people.”
The main reason why the band can make music this way is because there aren’t as many variables with only two members. They don’t have to worry about somebody not being able to play something they write or wanting to incorporate something they don’t necessarily like. Talking with Midi Matilda vocalist Skylar Kilborn about why being a duo works so well for Midi, he said they’ve thought about doings things a different way but they haven’t needed to change it up just yet.
“The duo thing works for us because we’ve been making music together for a really long time and we know each other really well,” started Kilborn. “We see eye to eye musically. We’re both willing to make our schedules match up and we’re willing to do things to further the band along; getting other people involved, things like that. It just happens to be the way things have worked out. We’ve been in a band with multiple people and that’s awesome, we love that too. But for this particular project it’s worked as a two-piece. We’ve talked about adding other people, but as of right now we really like it the way it is.”
If you’ve caught the band’s videos or if you’ve been lucky enough to catch a show, one of the first things you’ll notice happens to be Logan Grimé. He bounces around like a maniac. If there’s a real life version of Animal from The Muppets, it might be Grimé. We asked Logan why he’s able to be so active with this music.
“From playing a lot of shows with different types of bands I picked that up. With this band we wanted to make it more of an exciting thing. I’ve always liked to dance and with this band it’s only a two piece band. It was decided that I was going to take up a lot more space with this and be as entertaining as possible. Honestly, I’ve got to do some things I’ve always wanted to do. Instead of saying, ‘oh I’m the drummer...’ I took that idea and I didn’t want to conform to it. I just do whatever I want to do when I’m up there.”
Midi Matilda has an 80’s influenced sound. It’s a fresh take on something classic, in fact a lot of music that’s been released over the past couple of years is that way. We asked Skylar and Logan why they thought that was, and why their music leans that way too.
“What happened in the 80s was technology, drum machines, and digital instruments and things starting to come into play,” said Logan. “That really shaped the sound. I think that’s kind of what’s happening now with technology, people using sounds they haven’t heard before. Things go in waves, things go in cycles. I think it’s just happening right now, people are into those sounds. They’re a little nostalgic too. They just naturally find their way into the music we make.”
“A lot of times I listen to certain 80s songs. I like some elements of them; some sounds and things. I think that’s cool,” added Kilborn. “That’s helped us sound fresh, we pick those things up and then we try and put bigger production behind them to make them more massive or more make them more modern; make them sound more like a ‘2013 and beyond’ kind of way. It sounds fresh and unique but it pays ode to that sound. I think that helps us sound fresh but it sounds like we’re reaching to the past for things here and there too. Really, I think a lot of my favorite music that I listen to does that. It’s nice to hear something new but hear something you love from the past too.”
Look for new music from Midi Matilda in 2014. Be sure to check out the Red Light District EP now.