As an artist LESS KILLJOY really only has one wish “I hope my music will speak for itself, because for real, that’s the only way I know how to express myself and interact with humans and there’s a lot I want to say”.
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LESS KILLJOY grew up playing in bands. “I played acoustic guitar, I played drums and I sang my heart out. Rock bands, wedding bands, coffee shops; she’d sing anywhere anyone asked her to sing. “I’ve written what feels like a million songs. Only now does it feel like I’m doing it for me.”
Toronto’s LESS KILLJOY, brings a truly unstoppable energy to the alternative music scene. “Palm Trees”, LESS KILLJOY’s debut single from her forthcoming EP “Pink Grenade” takes a daring sonic leap – smashing together 90’s grunge, Alternative hip hop shoegaze and indie rock into a sound all her own.
“Growing up, I smoked weed, and listened to records in my Grandma’s basement; I dreamt of playing my own songs in front of people just like me. Now all I do is write songs about how I used to get high and how all I ever wanted to do was lose myself on a paradise island somewhere with the girls of my dreams. This “hallucination” was the inspo behind Palm Trees. “I really just want everyone around me to be happy, so I wrote a song about finding happiness and hanging on to it.”
The track glistens with echoing vocal energy, dreamy synthesizers, grungy acoustic guitar and an obnoxiously in your face 808 bassline. “alt-hop lo-fi shoegaze indie punk. Fuxk a genre”, she says. “I just try to find stories and beauty in everything. Photography and film inspire me just as much as music does.” Raised on the music of Nirvana, No Doubt, Linkin Park,kid Cudi Rihanna and Paramore, LESS KILLJOY always found inspiration in music of all kinds but the one thing that kept her coming back to her favorite artists was always the shared experience of an artist with their fans. “I can’t begin to count the number of times music has been my escape and my way of communicating. I truly don’t know any other way and if I can connect with even one person in a positive way I think I’ve won.
You can expect an overload of honesty, self-help therapy songs on LESS KILLJOY’s freshmen EP. She shares the truth about growing up in the suburbs, losing friends, coping with depression, loneliness, bullying, all while living with secrets… like being in love with girls. Being an only child and living in a place where she felt like no one understood her definitely shaped LESS KILLJOY “the writer” and having nothing better to do than play guitar/drums/piano and go to concerts definitely made her into the energetic live performer she is today.
Unapologetically exploring themes of self-evaluation and acceptance, she says, “I want people that listen, to somehow feel like they’re being seen and accepted for exactly who they are. As an artist I’m trying to be fearless with what I share with the world. I don’t want to hide my true feelings about life and the world I live in. I want to be me on and off stage. Authenticity shouldn’t be a selling point in an artist bio… it should be a prerequisite for making music. We all have a voice inside us, the only way I can fail is to ignore that voice. I did that for too long.”
LESS KILLJOY hopes to build a community of people who feel safe around one another, despite their race, gender, sexuality, age, or socioeconomic status, her raw honesty and true passion for inclusivity makes her one to watch. Having already established a significant social media following, there’s no doubt that LESS KILLJOY is set to have a very successful year off the back of her daring debut.
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