Killer Kaya

Album Out Now: 29 Lives


Fueled by Cats, love, and Tecate


Killer Kaya is a five piece psychedelic funk outfit based out of Santa Barbara, California. Named after a rather large house cat, Killer Kaya has a 60’s era psychedelic sound with funk and soul elements and is composed of Apoorva Chiplunkar on vocals, Zach Rengert on guitar/drums, Eric Engel on drums/guitar, Alex Pavellas on bass, and Josh Sheltzer on saxophone and keys. The lovechild of scientists and hippies, Killer Kaya is reminiscent of the days where flower children roamed free and incense swirled about in whimsical billows. Sun soaked melodic threads run through Killer Kaya’s rainbow prism of sound, evocative of bands like Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane.

Killer Kaya released their first EP titled Cigarette Echolocation in 2015 and their first full length album, 29 Lives in August 2017. They recently completed recording their second record at Skylab Studios with Tommy Dietrick (formerly of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, curently of Sky Parade). Having played throughout the Central Coast, Northern California, and Los Angeles areas. Having made their festival debut at Starry Nites Festival alongside acts like the Kills, The Dandy Warhols, Cat Power, and Teenage Fanclub last year. The band has played on bills with bands such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Send Medicine, Julian Porte of Levitation Room, My Dallas Teens, The Love Dimension, Spiral Electric, and Spindrift to name a few. 


Vocals / Apoorva Chiplunkar

Drums, Guitar / Zach Rengert

Bass, Guitar / Alex Pavellas

Drums, Guitar / Eric Engel

Sax, Keyboard / Josh Sheltzer


 Photos by: Benjamin Hurst and Richie De Maria


upcoming Shows

Killer Kaya at the tavern, ventura

Saturday sep. 29 @ 9pm

211 e santa clara street, ventura, ca 93001


killer kaya & the blank tapes

soho restaurant & lounge

Saturday nov 3 @ 9 PM

1221 state street, #205, santa barbara, ca 93101















Album: 29 Lives

by Killer Kaya

EP: Cigarette Echolocation

by Killer Kaya


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