R360. Speaking of acting, you have been in three films, Sister Mary's Angel in 2011), Liquid and Visible Scars in 2012. You released The Left Atrium in 2013. Was the album going on in your head while you were acting?
Kris. Oh yes. I was writing those songs for years. Some of those were written while I making films. It is sort of constant. I find that it flows out me when I am doing something creative. The more I am doing something creative, the more creative things come out. I am sure that I was writing music while I was waiting to go on the set.
R360. Have you moved from acting to music or do you still have the itch to get back in front of the camera?
Kris. I do. I have focused on music for the past couple of years, but I have done some acting. I was with my twin sister in a Bud Light Commercial with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was in another commercial where I got to play 6 different character. Let me brag about my twin sister here. She is going to be in the Magnificent 7 with Denzel Washington that will be coming out around Christmas.
R360. Your song “Rust”; I love the concept of rust in love. And I love the lines, I will keep myself intact and you can keep your pride, and then later so I waded in the water hoping you might throw me a line/all I got was soaking wet. Did you write that in a rainstorm, or were you scraping the rust off of a relationship?
Kris. That is really an awesome way to put it. I used to date a musician and it is about that relationship. Most of the lyrics are in direct reference to the lyrics he wrote about me. Then he put out an album that references the lyrics in this song. I won’t say who and throw him under the bus...
R360. You are part of a fundraising drive to raise money for child soldiers.
Kris. It is called Project AK-47 by the Live Music Cares organization which goes into countries and rescues child soldiers and victims of sex trafficking and helps them set up schools and safe houses. So they not only rescue trafficked children, they build the foundations to stop the practice. It just stuck out to me – I hear a lot about it and how awful it is and I liked the preventative aspect.
Patrick. You were also part of the Extreme Tour for At-Risk Youth. How did that happen?
Kris. They contacted me and said they liked my music and thought I would fit in with the tour. I toured in California. We would play in state parks and schools and we got to meet these youth who were so amazing. Many were in communities with no arts or music funding that they were hungry for it…it made me realize the benefit that music can have.
R360. And we will also see you raising money for a children’s hospital next week in LA?
Kris. Yes, on May 22 I will playing at the Love For Life Foundation benefit for Children’s Hospital of LA. On the day before that, I will be doing a fundraiser for the HARA Motion Picture Conservatory to raise money for at-risk youth music and film programs and they will make a feature film produced by children under 18.
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