The Kobolds are a New York, NY rock band with a home-base in Astoria, Queens.
Nicholas DiMichele and Alex Grau started playing together at the age of 16 in College Station, TX as Mercury Falls. Several years later, Spencer Synwolt joined their musical ventures rounded by a steady rotation of ragtag drummers to form The Flying Trees. Nick and Alex moved to New York to attend NYU, searching for a solid drummer for almost a year before stumbling upon Andrew Benson at Guitar Center. Soon after, Spencer moved North to join the team, and The Kobolds were born in 2009.
The Kobolds released their first album, The Kobolds EP, in 2010. The Kobolds EP II was released earlier this year.
How do you describe your
music to people, Nicholas?
Funky Alt-Rock with heavy vibes.
Tell me about how you
originally got into your craft.
We've all been playing our
instruments for a while; our
Drummer, Andrew, had been playing
the longest when we got together. Alex, Spencer and I had done some playing together in High School, but mostly everything we made was terrible! We reunited after NYU and met Andrew in a chance encounter at Guitar Center.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Play Music. Or write emails to people asking opportunities to play music.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping up with all the threads of management. Since we're independent, we have to run the whole show ourselves, and most of that responsibility falls on me. I do all the graphics and web designs for The Kobolds as well as manage, create, and administer newsletters, fliers, performance nights, etc. It's a full-time job, really, but we don't have much of a choice. Luckily, it affords us the opportunity to perform, and that, to me, is my time off.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An actor. I did go to acting school at NYU's Tisch, and I do still audition, so I'm still in that world. Acting, though, puts a lot of things out of your control: you have to be picked to work. With music, we get to work whenever we want to!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
New York is far and away the best place to do this. There is so much diversity and opportunity, even though the competition is stiff. We're always happy, though, when we find other musicians we admire and want to play with. We're just now really starting to connect with a group of bands we really like and we're hoping to form a Coalition with them. We'll play shows together, look at touring opportunities, etc.
What other artists out there do you love?
Locally? My favorite band at the moment is Teen Girl Scientist Monthly. They're some awesome guys I know from NYU, and every time I see them I hurt my neck from rocking out too hard. They're so incredible. We hope to continue growing a relationship with them so you may see them playing with us from time to time!
What does your future hold?
Hopefully the opportunity to pursue this on the next level. We're more or less land-locked in New York at the moment despite a desire to take our music around the world. We're reaching out through the internet to try and grow a fan-base all over, but I'm personally dying to go on tour!