Kissin’ Dynamite interview with Jim Müller
The seeds of Germany’s Kissin’ Dynamite were planted in the heavy metal hearts of five teenage boys back in 2002. The group spent its early years known as Blues Kids, before stealing their current band name from an AC/DC tune in 2007. The following year, the quintet would release its debut album of traditional metal, Steel of Swabia. While a bit rough around the edges, the record showed great promise for things to come.
The line-up of Kissin’ Dynamite has remained settled for the duration, a group of best friends and likeminded rock and roll addicts. The line-up features drummer Andreas Schnitzer, bassist Steffen Haile, guitarist Jim Müller, vocalist Hannes Braun and his brother, guitarist Ande Braun.
Kissin’ Dynamite is an over-the-top live band, and it did not take long for people to take notice. One of those standing in the wings with a watchful eye–legendary metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) who turned in a cameo performance for the title track of the band’s 2010 sophomore album, Addicted to Metal. The band combined elements of classic metal with power metal influences, and showcased a band defining and refining its young sound.
The Kissin’ Dynamite evolution continued on 2012’s Money, Sex & Power which found the boys dipping into more of the 80s glam metal scene for inspiration. Müller talked to Metalholic about the band’s voyage of self discovery:
“The first two albums were kind of like finding ourselves. On Addicted to Metal we were searching for the heaviness. On album number three we were talking about music a lot before we were writing it.”
For Kissin’ Dynamite, playing hard rock and metal is not about making social or political statements but rather living life like it is a party. That feel good vibe shows up more so than ever on the band’s 2014 summer release, Megalomania. Once again the band has taken the sound of its previous record and twisted the screws a bit to further develop the Kissin’ Dynamite signature. Müller talks about the band’s latest sonic explorations:
“It all started in Japan as we were touring there in 2013. We started to think about where we should go [musically]. We were going to different clubs. Not just rock clubs but especially dance clubs. We were totally flashed by the insanity and power which was in that club actually, and we said, heavy metal isn’t that far from dance music when it comes to touching people. So we were influenced by that for sure. So out of the natural progression we were listening to different music and we sat down and said hey, we’re no 80’s copy band. We wanna be Kissin’ Dynamite. And Kissin’ Dynamite is a band which takes place in 2014 and not nineteen-eighty-whatever. So we wanted to have this 80’s influenced music we were doing combined with something modern like a little bit of dance music, drop beats, etcetera, and what came out is something I think is quite unique.”
You can check out the full interview with Jim below as well as the video for the first single, “DNA”.