An Interview with The Hollywood Kills

The Hollywood Kills is composed of Vocalist & Guitarist Brent Powelson, Guitarist Cody Wilson, Drummer Johnny Angel and Bassist Preston Jackson.

The Hollywood Kills is composed of Vocalist & Guitarist Brent Powelson, Guitarist Cody Wilson, Drummer Johnny Angel and Bassist Preston Jackson.

Fifteen Minute Media sat down with The Hollywood Kills, a rock band from Nashville, and talked about their favorite tour, writing process, and craziest fan encounter. Spoiler: Lead Singer Brent Powelson's mustache is a total crowd pleaser. 

Q: Before The Hollywood Kills was created each of you played in different Nashville-based bands. Can you tell me the names of those bands you were previously a part of?

A: Covington, Farewell Fighter, Static Revival, Frances and the Foundation.

Q: You have shared the stage with Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down, Cage The Elephant, and Everclear. You’ve also toured with The Pretty Reckless and even played on Vans Warped Tour. Out of all those shows, which one was the most exciting to be apart of?

A: The Pretty Reckless. There were 30 dates on the tour and all had great crowds. We ended up getting really close to the band. The end of this tour was awesome too—at the end we ended up in Orlando and went to Disney World, which was awesome.

Q: Speaking of great crowds, do you have any stories about any crazy fan encounters?

A: Once we got asked to sign a mother’s shirt. It turns out the shirt was really low cut. She was hot though. Fans usually just ask if they can touch Brent’s ‘stache. He’s just like, sure, but wash your hands first.

Q: What is your creative process when writing songs? Are you most motivated to write when you are experiencing sadness, love, anger or happiness?

A: Sadness usually gets us singing. We create some random songs—like, we just made a song about an X-Men character.

Q: How do you think music affects you and the world around you?

Growing up in Nashville, the music capital of the world, music had a lot to do with shaping who we are. Music is something that has the ability to bring people together, because it is something we all love and are touched by. Music has the power to not only affect your mood; it also has an impact on the way we perceive the world.  

Q: With that in mind, how do you hope to influence the world through your music?

A: Art is neglected—nowadays it’s about creating music that people are going to react to. It used to be so much more than creating songs just to make a profit. We believe music that is honest is more important than anything.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share—from new merchandise, to upcoming shows, tours, songs, albums or a message to your fans?

A: Next month one of our band members, Preston, is getting married. Since the band is more tied down now time is limited to go on tour. However, we are still committed to bringing music to the fans.