Kim and The Created booked for October residency at The Echo

shevakafai-kim&thecreated-7The reliably vehement Kim and The Created has been booked for the October residency at The Echo.


So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai (House After House) visited the charasmatic frontwoman Kimberly House at her Echo Park apartment to shoot some 120mm pics and ask some questions.

What made you decide to do a residency?

“I’ve always wanted to do a residency at The Echo and felt that with our European tour and second EP [Get Go] coming out next month it was the right time. I’ve always loved going to discover new music and also see bands I love at the free Monday night residency. It’s always a fun time.”


Why did you choose The Echo?

“As an Echo Park resident, The Echo has always stood out to me of course. I like that there’s local bands and big touring bands that all come together there. The first time I played there was Echo Park Rising in 2014. It was packed. I jumped into the crowd and literally almost lost an eyeball. It was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever played. Even though it’s corny, honestly, I have always wanted to see my band name on their marquee that I walk by every single day.”


Who are your opening bands?

Regrettes are these amazingly talented young girls who play doo-wop which I am a sucker for. The band Walter is Patrick from Meatbodies and Misha from SadGirl‘s project. I love all those bands and what they created together. Patrick’s stage performance is killer! Mind Meld is my friend Bert Hoover‘s band that I’ve been following and admiring for a long time. Been listening to his cassette on repeat in the car. I handpicked and personally booked each band because I believe in them and respect the hell out of them.”


Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“I don’t know why but I like to be alone and just be quiet. I think because I want to focus to make sure I’m not forgetting anything: backup dancers know where to go, lighting guy knows to make it dark and creepy. And because I get a bit frazzled at shows with giving my all on stage psychically and then emotionally to everyone after our set while managing things. It takes a lot of me, but I love it.”


What can we expect from your set every week? Any cameos?

“Yes! Randy Randall from No Age is going to play a song with me one of the nights –so excited and honored for that! And of course, the songs from the second EP that will be for sale at the shows each Monday.”


Will you be playing any covers?

“Recently doing T. Rex‘s “20th Century Boy” which I love performing. Everyone’s view on doing covers varies but I love it. I love making the crowd feel nostalgic and evoking emotion.”


What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echo?

“I hope that everyone who comes out has a great time and walks away effected in some way. I’m honored these bands are playing with me. I’m excited for my peers to watch us perform. I just want to put on a good show!”


What are you looking forward to the most?

“Accomplishing another goal slash dream. Bringing free music to everyone and bringing artists together. And seeing my band name on that damn marque!”

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