Kill Paris: "A lot of musical artists today, in fifty or sixty years, no one will have heard of them."
Corey Baker, who performs as Kill Paris, is an old soul trapped in a young body. Through a series of sporadic moves that have taken him from his home in Indiana to Nashville then Los Angeles and now Boulder, Baker has found his own corner in a rapidly evolving electronic music scene. He grew up listening to rock & roll and punk, and eventually he picked up the guitar and bass. Now, he translates his experience playing in bands to composing dance music that moves rooms small and large all over the world. At the moment, he's working on an EP for Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, a headlining national tour alongside Candyland, and a new life in a new state with a clean slate.
Source: V2 Presents
Westword:You're pretty new to Boulder. How long has it been and what do you think of Colorado so far?
Corey Baker (Kill Paris):I've been here for four months so far, and it's just the best, ever. There is nothing that I could be negative about. In general, Colorado is just a beautiful place, and I love the small town vibe of Boulder.
What prompted the move?
I was looking for a new place out in LA where I had lived for two years, already, and I was thinking about moving to Colorado because it's just awesome. I grew up in Indiana, so I love woods and nature, and I missed that in LA. I've moved a lot anyway, like, I've lived in Nashville, Tampa, Sarasota, Indiana and LA, and I thought that since I was young, why not? It all happened in about two weeks. I couldn't be happier out here.
Did the thriving scene kind of draw you in?
Yes, and not only that, but my response has always been the best when I've played here. They are more receptive to my music here, whether it's the electro-soul style, or whatever, but the people here just understand it. That's really inspiring. When you're in LA, there is so much stuff going with pop music, and everyone is always on the verge of making it big. Everyone you talk to is about to break out. I don't have patience for that stuff. For me, it's about the music. It's about making something you are happy with. That's the really inspiring thing about Colorado.
Had you made connections prior to moving out?
It was a bit of a blind move, but I'm pretty good friends with [Dominic Lalli] of Big Gigantic, and originally I was just going to come out and check it out and just see if I really liked it. Some of the best choices I've ever made in my life have been on the fly. I don't worry about what's going to happen, as long as I can do what I want when I get there. I don't regret it at all. It's far exceeded my expectations.
Have you noticed a change in your own mind state and how you are producing music being in a new city?
I've noticed my music has been a lot more experimental and trying new things. Being able to walk off my driveway and onto a trail into the mountains is very inspiring. When you are producing music or in the studio for hours on end, it can be a pain. Since I can take breaks and go out in nature and not be looking at a screen or on my phone, I notice a difference in my own well-being. Colorado is so open, especially Boulder. We don't have skyscrapers! I loved LA, but there was traffic, and buildings, and so Colorado is just more conducive to feeling open minded about things.
I'm not a music producer, but I heard that "artists are working when they look out the window and the smallest thing can spark and inspire." Do you agree?
For anyone doing something creative, the things you are doing in daily life directly influence your work. It's all about your state of mind. You are constantly getting inspired or uninspired by your surroundings. That's the coolest thing about the mountains; they make you feel really small, and it changes your perspective. It makes me realize that whatever problems I have don't mean anything. The mountains don't care. There are bigger things going on.
What have you been working on lately? To a New Earth was with OWSLA. Will you be staying with them for the next release?
I have an ep coming out soon, and my friend Marty Rod is on a couple of the songs, and it will be released with OWSLA again. He was on a track called "Falling In Love Again" that came out a few months ago, and we did a new version of that on this album coming. That's going to be out around the end of March.