Season 2 - Ep. 3 - Songwriting, Breaking Labels and Making Great Music with Kali Masi

In this episode of The Powered By Rock Podcast, I get the chance to catch up with Sam Porter and John Garrison from the Chicago rock band Kali Masi about how their band really digs deep into emotion and lyrical connection to make some absolutely stellar music. We discuss the songwriting process, the songs that they have put out, making music and touring during a pandemic, and plenty more about the band and how they came to be Kali Masi as they are now.

These guys really bring some interesting insight to the rock genre, and it is an episode you are going to want to check out whether you have heard of them or not, because after this, you definitely SHOULD know who they are. Big things are on the horizon for Kali Masi!

Intro: "Colorado" by Birds Love Filters

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▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

0:00 - Intro
1:23 - Getting to know the band Kali Masi
5:37 - Does the band name of Kali Masi have a symbolic meaning based on the color of the chicken?
7:11 - Have you or would you ever eat Kali Masi chicken or is it cannibalism?
8:19 - How does Kali Masi go into the lyric writing process?
11:44 - Did Sam Porter have a mentor help shape his songwriting style?
13:42 - Does Kali Masi put any sort of expectations on creating songs that are radio friendly?
18:44 - Was there an intentional call back to palms in the Wind Instrument album?
20:31 - Sam Porter's thoughts on how personal songwriting should be
22:01 - John Garrison discusses whehter or not lyrical content helps shape the music behind Kali Masi
23:34 - Do Kali Masi make concept albums?
26:13 - Are the songs in Kali Masi about the same love interest and/or friends?
29:43 - Kali Masi talks about their tour from 2021 and upcoming plans
32:41 - Talking about the awesome music videos Kali Masi makes
39:37 - Final thoughts from Sam and John of Kali Masi
42:03 - Outro

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