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Killington Pit

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Answered by

Terry LeRoi from KILLINGTON PIT

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

I was around 14-15 years old and I started hearing music on the radio… Bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith…etc. I was instantly attracted to rock music.

My friends and I had a cool little garage band and we played our high school variety show… that moment and the way I felt when I was on stage performing in front of people for the first time …that was the moment I realized this is what I’m doing for the rest of my life!

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

Right off the rip… Rob Halford , Ronnie, James, Dio, Bruce Dickinson… I love Poppy, LP and Lzzy Hale… those artists and vocalists always inspired me. But let me go deeper…..

There’s kind of two categories inspiration for me. One is songwriting in general. Never ever underestimate the power of a great song. There are so many great songwriters in the world. Neil Diamond, Carole King, Prince, Linda Perry just to name a few. That’s one category for me. I just love good songs no matter what genre of music as long as they’re written well, that song now has my interest… that inspires me.

The other category would be just an overall artistic vibe from an artist. Let me use “Alice In Chains” for an example. Yes, many artists have a very distinctive sound and look… They are all unique in their own special ways. But I’d like to use “Alice In Chains” as a great example of a band that is immediately recognizable in their sound, and their look. Something about Jerry Cantrell’s mammoth, sludgy riffs… mix that into that trademark harmony with Layne Staley. It never gets old for me! I get inspired by that band so many times, in so many ways.

What song of yours best describes you and why?

Currently, we have only released cover versions of classic rock tunes. They don’t necessarily describe me, but I gravitated towards those songs because of how they make me feel. I love the old-school singing style….song structures… guitars. If I had to choose from the covers, what best describes me I would say “Riding On The Wind” I like this song because of the vocal range. Lyrically, I’m always inspired by words that are positive and triumphant. Halford writes a lot of lyrics that focus on ascending…moving upwards… Kicking ass and squeezing the life out of life.… I love that!

Remember… This band was born out of the pandemic. When the music industry shut down during that time… That’s how all of us in this project came together. We were having fun, just chilling, recording some cool tracks we’ve always admired.

But now Killington Pit is something much more than that. Original tracks are next on the dock for release. All of these original songs will best describe me in their own special ways.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

There have been countless gigs over the years… in the 13 projects I have been involved in. But one recent gig comes to mind. Just before the pandemic, the band I was in at the time “Granny 4 Barrel” played a gig at The Whiskey. Wendy Dio was in attendance. We were a part of the “Bowl for Ronnie” fundraiser. So we were in town for the week… We had that gig two days before the bowling event. Wendy was there for our whole show. We played a special version of “Stand Up and Shout”. She loved it and I got to meet her and hang out. It was really amazing!

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

Learning to master the art of living in this world. Life can be complicated and every day that I get to have another day to experience life and grow and evolve is a great accomplishment and achievement for me. I want to keep learning, growing and evolving.

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

Granny 4 Barrel played a gig in Chicago. There was an ice cream truck that two ladies were running… It was in the parking lot next to our tour bus. We went outside to get some ice cream and while we were talking to the ladies, we asked them… “Hey… Is ice cream the only thing you’re selling in this truck? Wink wink!“
We feel like you might be selling something more?” Then they proceeded to unveil the hidden cachet of cannabis!… that was awesome! I mean… Weed and ice cream go great together ha ha!

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

Freedom of expression through The art of music and imagery. There’s an infinite amount of possibilities. There are always limitless, topics and emotions to sing about.

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

I remember seeing Queen at the Syracuse war memorial… that was on their album “The Game” tour. I got to see Freddy and it was awesome!
My best friend, and I were super drunk, and during “Another one bites the dust” we kept kicking the seats in front of us to the beat of the music. Finally, they came unhinged and broke loose ….and we were like oh shit sorry about that ha ha! It was a great night …just some reckless, fun rocking out!

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

You have two ears and one mouth for a reason… Listen more than you speak!

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

I own a wellness center (AquaSpa Float Center) …and body jewellery manufacturing company (LeRoi Fine Jewellery) those businesses keep me hopping. But when I’m not doing that, I’m always doing some kind of fitness program… Currently, I’m doing calisthenics and body weight exercises. I love nature and animals …so many things.

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

I think it’s a great tool… but it’s a double edged sword. Let’s talk about the good points. It’s wonderful for promoting in real time. It’s really cool that you can instantly connect with fans from around the world. You can get your message out instantaneously.

The bad points. Chasing fans and likes and streams ….good comments. Everybody wants to be liked and everybody wants to be popular… But if that’s your driving force, then you’re diluting your truth and message in your music. Be original, and most importantly, be honest… The likes and the fans will come in their own time.
It’s an amazing tool, but it’s trying to find a balance of how to be in control of it and not let it control us.

How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

I think it’s very important. I mean, if an artist spends countless hours honing their sonic attributes….their music… I believe as much time should be spent on crafting a physical image or look. Why would you sell yourself short on expressing yourself in the best way possible. We are entertainers after all ….we are walking out onto a stage, expressing ourselves and entertaining people… Give them something worth looking at too!

How would you answer the question Who are Killington Pit and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

Killington Pit is A great collaboration between all of the incredible and talented members. It is a band that is evolving, naturally… An expression of all of us. I can’t speak for each member… But for me as an artist, my music is not a departure from me as an every day citizen walking down the street. I try to be authentic and in the moment… I’m always holding myself to the highest standard of self analysis… I want to be the best that I can be body, mind, spirit.

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

When I was around 14 or 15 years old I bought Meatloaf “Bat out of Hell” I didn’t really even know what the music was, but I loved the artwork on the front of the cover. I thought it was cool… Then I fell in love with the music… how would I have known that the record would end up being one of the best selling albums of all time.

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Don’t think… Just jump in!
I’d say congratulations…and join the brother and sister hood! I think it’s an incredible way of life… Musicians are the mouthpieces of society. We are the ones that are the narrators of the social climate. We are inspired and inspire other… I look at it is a great duty and privilege!

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

Do I have to pick just one? Lol! Well if I can have only one it would be “Poppy” I love Poppy’s ability and willingness to freely move around different genres and themes. There’s something about the juxtaposition of her seemingly innocent look and voice that can quickly turn violent and dark…that resonates with me in a big way!
Please let me add one more collaboration… that would be “Sleep Token.” Similar to Poppy in that they can’t be boxed into one genre. I love Vessel’s voice… I feel like our voices would blend well together, and I’d love to chill with those guys.

What has the rest of the year got in store for you and Killington Pit?

Releasing original music and playing select shows!!!

Will Killington Pit release original music?

As I said earlier original tracks are on the dock…we’ve got some incredible music we’re so proud of and can’t wait to release it for all of you!

Thanks for the great questions it’s been an honor!!

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