Kos Mylon is bass guitarist in the band, Leapfrogtown – Break A Leg have been following the band closely as they develop new tracks and prepare for future gigs and festivals. Here, Kos talks about his career in music and what life would be like without music.
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about Leapfrogtown and what the challenges and highlights are of being part of the band.
First of all I’d like to thank you for inviting me for the interview. It is great to be part of the band. We have spent a good time together working on songs and recordings in the studio and we have played a few shows. We are working hard in updating our repertoire with new material as we want our fans to get updated regularly with Leapfrogtown music. Apart from playing music, a typical Leapfrogtown day consists of having endless conversations about every little thing that can be possible. You have to come and join us for a day in the studio to understand what I’m talking about! There is a good relationship and understanding between the band and that’s the most important reason for me to be happy being a part of the band.
What is/are your favourite track/s and what brings this/those to the forefront of your mind?
My favourite Leapfrogtown track is ‘Love you more’ from the latest band’s EP, I can easily listen to it 40 times in a row and I cannot get bored. It touched me straightaway from the first time we played it together in the studio, it has something about the melody and of course the great lyrics by Chris.
What key elements must a piece of music have to inspire you?
Whatever the style, the arrangement or the structure of the piece-it has to talk to your soul straightaway. You definitely get these vibes when you’re listening to an artist that really enjoys what he/she is doing. On the other hand, it is also subjective, so I can say that for me it’s easier to listen to a song there’s lot of guitar playing inside because I was raised listening to music in which the guitar is prominent within the songs. So it is automatically becoming a standard for me because of that reason. This is not always the case though, for example, if I want to get away at times I love to listen to Indian traditional music.
Who are your musical influences?
I was raised listening to Blues, Country and Rock music and mainly those styles have influenced my approach to guitar and music over the years. I have to mention Duane Allman, John Fahey and Jimmy Page as my first guitar idols and Iron Maiden as the band that got me into the guitar for the first time.
What led you to become a guitarist? Did you learn to play from a young age?
I first picked up the guitar when I was 11. My friend’s brother who was 18 at that time was a big fan of Rock and Metal music. So it happened that way and I ended up listening to Iron Maiden CD’s and video cassettes. When I first saw them live on the video I was ecstatic. How did this band have that huge sound and how would it be possible to learn how to play like them? My parents bought me an electric guitar and that’s how it started. I can still remember buying the Metal Hammer magazine and looking in the ‘musicians wanted’ section of it, I wanted so much to play in a band but I was very young back then. 2-3 years later I was very lucky to have lessons with a very good Rock guitar teacher, who I owe a lot to in my career and I played in a band as a guitarist for the first time when I was 15.
What do you think your life would be like without music?
Sometimes it works good for me to take a break out of music for a small period of time. Then I can get back stronger physically and mentally. But for living without music generally-well I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it will be weird!
Finally, sell the band to me, why should everybody listen to Leapfrogtown’s sound?
If you like authentic Rock bands then you must listen to Leapfrogtown. And if you like seeing adrenaline high live bands then you should come and see us in our next show!
Thanks to Kos for his time and a great interview, here is an example of that adrenaline, watch the live in-house gig played in March this year.
Visit the band’s website to find out more and keep up to date with their news: Leapfrogtown Website