[published]: 1985, January
[in]: Headbanger, No. 10, p. 8-9
[article]: Interview with drummer Brian Gillstrom
[by]: Kiki B. Moretti

Q- Why choose to call yourselves Kick Axe?

A- We needed a standout name and Kick Axe is a crunchy R&R name that sound good although it doesn't matter what your name is, it's the music you play and the way that the people see you in their minds that really matters.

Q- Why did you take up the drums?

A- Originally I started playing guitar than I switched to drums and I have been playing drums since I was nine. I'm more a drummer but I still enjoy the guitar.

Q- How was Kick Axe originated?

A- When I was eleven I was going crazy listening to music. I wanted to be in a band and make music so I started one called "Hobbit" and wrote my first song about ten years ago. Later Larry and I got together and Kick Axe started out in Regina Saskatchewan, then we moved to Vancouver to get more exposure. We started looking for a new singer and George sent us his tape. The rest is history in the making.

Q- Who is the main songwriter?

A- We all collaborate on everything but Larry writes most of the lyrics.

Q- Kick Axe originated in Canada, do you all live there?

A- Well we have no homes really. We all have homes but we don't live there. We tour all year round, it saves us time and money and we are constantly exposed. This is our first time in the U.S. and we like it very much.

Q- Does Kick Axe constantly tour?

A- Yes. We have toured with Ratt, The Scorpions, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, even BTO and we have hit 35 states already with Judas Priest. Every tour is usualy a new experience. We are a very energetic band and very entertaining onstage. Our audience response is tremendous.

Q- Are you planning a European tour?

A- Yes. We will be hitting Japan and we will try to go to England.

Q- How did you like playing the L.A. Streetscene?

A- It was a very interesting show except it ran late. Hellion sounded good but we didn't get a chance to see them. We really enjoyed it.

Q- Has it been a long hard climb or has success come fairly easy?

A- It's been a long hard climb and it's not over yet. We work so hard that we really just get one or two weeks off a year. The rest is mostly spent on the road or in the studio. That's how your life is mostly, but if you don't work hard you will never achieve your set goals.

Q- What is Kick Axe's goals for the future?

A- To make a killer album and wake up the world. Our next LP release will probably be in April.

Q- How is your album Vices charting?

A- Good! We've had good album reviews and on the English import charts it's charting #30.

Q- What advice would you give anyone considering a career in the music industry?

A- Keep on working hard and believe in yourself and your music, if you can't believe in yourself then get out of the music industry because half the time it's like being in another world with fake smiles and promises and you find yourself not being yourself anymore. If you are a weak person you will snap or go insane while on the road. If someone thinks they have it, they should definitely go for it. Get a band together and make tapes. You have to prove to a record company that you can handle yourselves and your concept before anything is accomplished.