Are you[Brett] a self taught piano player? If so, how long have you been playing?
-Basically! I learned a couple chords from school and my mom and immediately fell in love with the piano. I elaborated on those simple chords and simultaneously learned piano and songwriting through experimenting and then learning what I was actually playing. I took jazz piano lessons for a couple months with a fantastic teacher, but I was always drawn to pop/rock songwriting so I stopped and just
continued learning on my own. Listening to as many different artists as possible also helps increase my palette of creativity songwriting-wise/instrumentally/sonically/etc.
What is the concept behind ‘Learn to Grow’?
-It's a song containing advice I am giving to anyone who needs it, including myself. A lot of advice I give out I could usually take myself. It's a reminder of letting go of what is already set in stone and looking to the promising future that still exists and is more tangible than what has already come and gone.
How long have you been a band and what made you all want to pursue music?
-We've been a band for around 6 months. We've always been drawn to music in one way or another. I have been writing music for over 7 years and have done various projects, but Tyler (bassist) approached me around a year ago and said that he wanted to play music live with me under my solo project. We loved our chemistry on stage and wanted to start a band - shortly after we met Alex (guitarist). He also wrote and performed on his own. We all have different influences but also share a lot of common ground. Jonah (drummer) has played drums since he was a kid and is family friends with Alex. We all just connected on the fact that we all love music and want to do it for the rest of our lives. Music deeply affects us each in different ways yet to the same extent. We all rely on music to ignite our souls and spirits on a daily basis.
What are some of the deeper messages within your lyrics?
-I call it realistic hope. I write about some of the growing pains of trying to stay optimistic when the world is not such a warm and kind place. You can hear the struggles that we all go through in the lyrics, but it always ends with a message of all is not lost, no matter how bleak things might seem in the moment.
Individually and as a group, who are your biggest musical influences?
-For me - Coldplay; Tyler - Three Days Grace; Alex - Hey Rosetta!; Jonah - Streetlight manifesto. We all share a mutual love for Imagine Dragons and Ed Sheeran, among MANY other artists. As different as some of our tastes are, we can always jam out to mutually enjoyed music on
As for my thoughts on Kalimur’s “Learn to Grow,” I found the track to be absolutely splendid. In many ways it reminded me of both Paradise Fears and Parachute with its gentle piano-driven melody and catchy percussive backing. Furthermore, the lyrics exude positivity in an authentically reassuring way with a delightful spoken-word phrase towards the end that ties the track together beautifully. Overall, I found it to be, as cliche as it might sound, a breath of much-needed fresh air.
Thank you to the amazing gentlemen of Kalimur for their time and be sure to check out Kalimur on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
Their debut album Ghosts We Used to Know can be purchased on iTunes.