1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
What is your name and what do you do for the band?
Twisted Dragon. We originally name the band Skewer, but had conflicts with another artist with that name, so we changed it to Twisted Dragon. It came from a lyric from a track we had already written called “Used 2 B”.
Garrett Kleitz, Drums.
William Keen, Vocals and Guitar/Bass
2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.
Kansas City. There is a lot of music in KC, but I’d say the rock genre is the least prevalent.
Since there isn’t a lot of rock bands, we stand out against the crowd. We are unique, and it’s very easy to be original here.
3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?
Everything from Billie Eilish to Stevie Ray Vaughn. We really are influenced by an extreme amount of styles, artists, and genres.
4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?
No, we aren’t currently endorsed by anyone. We aren’t very picky, but that’s because there are a lot of companies out there that make high quality gear. Obviously, there are the big ones like Fender, Zildjian, etc… but to everyone one of those brands is another one just as equal in quality and style.
5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?
The initial goal was really to be in a band and play music, but since we’ve grown as musicians our goals do as well. Right now our primary goal is to start touring, and spreading our name as far and wide as we can, in hopes that people rock out everywhere.
6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?
Producing quality, relevant content. Social media connectivity is a must for bands and music in this generation. We just try to be as influential as possible.
7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?
I wouldn’t say “lose respect”, because when you’re creating an album it’s another world compared to playing live. I might be disappointed, but the only reason I would be at the show in the first place was if I really enjoyed their music on the album or knew they put on a good show, so no biggie.
8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?
9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?
Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?
Considering how unknown we are, we wouldn’t consider ourselves “popular”. We think we are good. We’ve had national artists compliment us intently on our music, sound, and performance which has brought us pride in our music.
If it isn’t for the talent, then is it worth it? We strive to be good enough that it impresses people, which takes talent.
10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?
People don’t bob their heads to our music, they bang them. It’s high power, and intensity via our sound. We are a band that doesn’t move around much, but we are good enough that the crowd wants to interact with us.
11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?
June 28th we released a full length called “Mirage”. Before that we dropped a single for Mirage called Rose of a Thorn. We are always writing, so if you follow our social media you’ll likely see new stuff all the time.
12. If you have videos where can we see them?
Hit the little voice button on your phone and search for Twisted Dragon. It’s that easy. We are all over the internet.
13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?
I think it’s important to get your music on every platform you can, because it will maximize your reach to find people that will like your music and follow you. Even if it’s free, a follower is more important than money in the early stages of building a band.
14.Best moment of your career so far?
Garrett- Playing Providence Amphitheater here in KC. I saw Ozzy as my first concert there when I was 8 years old. It was amazing to be backstage and think about all the greats that had been in that same spot. We also killed our set--
Will- Playing Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino is KC. Also having the opportunity to open for artists like Texas Hippie Coalition, and Them Evils.
15.Your message to the fans?
We’re glad that you enjoy what we do, and we hope to continue to bring the best we can for as long as we can!
Bonus Question who do you bring back
Dime , Cliff , Dio , Lemmy , Randy
Garrett- I say Randy or Dime. They still had a lot left to give.
Will- Randy, because he’s the best out of all of them.