Dangerkids are awesome, fact. The second their song We’re All In Danger started I was hooked.
They are currently on tour in the US with Ghost Town and they were recently played on the Radio One Rock Show which made me all kinds of happy. I got the chance to have a chat with Dangerkids drummer Katie Cole.
First things first, tell us a little bit about Dangerkids. How did you get started? How long have you been going? How did you pick the name?
We started about 3 years ago. We all knew each other from our local bands in the Dayton area and decided to come together to form Dangerkids. And it was just one of those names that we thought sounded cool.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you?
It’s a good mix of heavy and radio style rock. I think just about anyone can get into it.
What would you consider to be your highest and lowest points whilst being in Dangerkids?
The coolest things so far have been being able to travel so much and meet so many different people. We played Soundwave in Australia about a year and a half ago, that was definitely one of my favorite experiences. And I really can’t think of any bad times. We’ve all been really lucky to have such a great experience with the band and to have come so far.
What’s you’re favourite song to play?
I really enjoying playing the songs off our new album at the moment, we’ve been playing a couple of the new ones on the past few tours. My favorite song to play off of Collapse has to be We’re All In Danger.
What are your three tour ‘must-haves’?
My skateboard, flip flops, and any assorted fruits.
Have you felt any negativity directed towards you as a girl in music that isn’t directed at the boys in the band?
I haven’t really had to deal with much negativity. It’s mostly just people assuming I’m not in the band lol.
Do you feel any pressure to look/dress/act a certain way because you’re a girl in a band?
I think I definitely did when I was younger, mostly just from looking up to other females in bands. You kind of think that’s what you’re supposed to look like and how you’re supposed to act. Eventually I realized how important it is just to be yourself and create your own image.
How do you think women in music/punk are viewed and has this changed/is this changing?
I think women have definitely gained a lot more respect over the past few years in music. I feel like people used to see it more as a gimmick. Now there’s so many talented females coming up in the music industry. People are finally realizing women can have the same talents as men, and it’s not as much of a shock to see a girl in a band.
How do you think punk music affects our mental health? Can it heal?
I think any sort of music is good for your mental health. I know that I can listen to certain songs or types of music and it can completely change my mood. I think it can definitely be a good tool to get you out of tough times.
Who are your hero’s / influences?
As a drummer I’ve always been inspired by Aaron Gillespie, he has such great energy live and is very creative with his drumming. I’m also a huge fan of Haley Williams, I think she’s such a great role model and a total badass.
Any plans for a UK tour?
I’m sure we will be back soon after our new album comes out 🙂
Where do you see yourself and the band in 5 years time?
Hopefully just being successful and continuing to tour more and more of the world. Eventually I want to play in space.