Sure, Saturday night’s Summer Sessions concert series installment at Flying Dog Brewery is sold out. But hey: When that show features the always-energetic, ageless and fabulously pumped-up Matt and Kim, we feel it incumbent upon us to at least reach out for at least a few before such an experience comes to town. So, well, we did. Behold five questions with Kim Schifino, the drummer half of the duo, who told us a little about her ACL injury, being in a two-piece band and what kind of beer her and Matt like to drink these days.
I read that you had an ACL injury in the past couple years — how has it been touring again? Are there any issues you’re having with performing?
It feels great to be touring again. That year off was horrible. It felt like we were retired and we hated that feeling. We love playing so it was important to me to go hard in rehab so I was strong when we got back on the stage. I still have half a year till I am 100 percent but Matt thinks I go even harder on stage now.
Who are the three artists we can almost always expect to find on your current playlists and why?
Always TI and Meek Mill. I actually have a pre-show warmup I add to every week on Spotify called “Kim’s pre-show warm up.” It’s what I use to get hyped for a show or just going out!
Do you think it’s easier or harder to be in a two-piece band, and why?
I don’t know any other way. This is the only band I’ve ever been in. It works out really well for us so I would never want to change that.
That in mind, what were some of the biggest inspirations behind your band, putting it together style-wise and also the decision to keep it only between the two of you?
We accidentally started the band. I wanted to learn how to play the drums and Matt had this keyboard he was figuring out. A friend of ours forced us to play a show. We didn’t have a band name so they put us down as Matt and Kim. It all just kind of happened. Matt and I see eye to eye on almost everything, so when working on music, it just comes naturally. We like the same stuff which works when writing because we hardly hate what the other writes.
Finally, you guys are playing Flying Dog. If Flying Dog isn’t your favorite brand of beer, what is, and do you have a specific beer that you like the most?
I drink Budweiser. Matt is more flexible and will drink whatever, but right now he is on a tequila kick!