Kill Hannah: Interview with Johnny Radtke
House of Blues - Chicago, IL - April 18, 2006
Interview by Michelle Russo
Kill Hannah formed in 1995 in a dorm room at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Although the line-up morphed over the first few years, until the addition of Jon Radtke in 2000, one thing has remained consistent: From the very beginning Kill Hannah have been one of the hardest-working groups in the city. It was not uncommon to see members of the band endure rain and snow to hand out flyers to strangers after shows, as they still do to this day. Eventually the band's determination paid off as a following exploded to the point where Kill Hannah were selling out bi-monthly gigs at Chicago's world-famous Metro club, forging the same path as previous local legends, The Smashing Pumpkins. (Biography courtesy of KillHanna.com. April 2006.)
Michelle Russo: How do you feel this new upcoming album will take off?
Johnny Radtke: Our new album is not out but we feel when it comes out, that it will make its mark.
Michelle: Where did you get the name "Kill Hannah"?
Michelle Russo: You use Chicago landmarks in your songs, what is your favorite landmark in Chicago?
Michelle: Do you write your songs from personal experience, streams of consciousness, visions, or dreams?
Michelle: The song "Kennedy", what inspired that idea to be "earthshattering"?
Michelle: What is your take on Chicago's music scene (industry), is there artistic freedom with the record labels?
Michelle: Has success spoiled you yet?
Michelle: Do you feel you are portraying a message to the masses? Something that the people can relate to?
Michelle: What are some tips to surviving bands that are just starting out?