On the back of their latest single release, Don’t You Think So? Sheffield indie rock band Kartica have been busy. I caught up with them recently to find out how things have been going since the release. Read the interview below.
1. You’ve been recently described as “solid Sheffield indie-rock.” How far do you agree, or is there more to it?
Well from what I can tell, that was probably a comment that was generated on the back of maybe one listen of a very old demo. I don’t see it as a bad thing necessarily, but I’d like to think we’re a tad more exciting, uplifting and perhaps inspirational than just “solid”. Also, when I see “rock”, I instantly think of heavy stuff and we certainly couldn’t be classed as that, but maybe that’s just me!
2. Would you describe yourselves as the beginning of a much needed big comeback for British indie-rock?
That would be nice! In all seriousness, the type of music we play has a huge audience out there as it always has done, and always will. Therefore, it’s just about us getting out there to as many people as possible and seeing where it goes. I honestly think that the music loving people are waiting for a band like us. We don’t play this style of music for that reason though – it wasn’t a conscious decision, more natural (influences, favourite bands etc) as it probably is with every single band in the world…or at least should be!
3. What was it like for you guys to play with artists like The Twang, The South and The Complete Stone Roses?
It was terrific. At gigs like that, it feels like everything is “up a notch” if that makes sense, in terms of how the day is organised, the sound checks, the equipment…the rider!
It was great to be asked to do it in the first place, and none of the gigs were as a result of “knowing somebody” as is so often the case. Also, it gives us a chance to play to a bigger crowd and hopefully gain new fans, which I think we did at each. The bigger stages are also a bonus, particularly when it comes to Hook’s swaggering vicinity.
4. What do you guys get up to when you want to unwind and spend time away from the music? Anything interesting?
Nothing out of the ordinary to be honest! We’re all into our sports and spend probably too much time (and definitely too much money) supporting our preferred football teams. We don’t all support the same one though, which can at least keep the practices lively! Being in a band – and wanting to be successful – tends to take up a lot of what would otherwise be free time.
5. What’s next after “Don’t You Think So?” Can we expect to be seeing more from you soon?
Yes. First and foremost, as I alluded to before, we want to get this song out to as many people as possible and that obviously takes time. Later on in the year though, we will be looking to release and it least one more single and accompanying video. We’re sat on quite a few new, recorded songs at the moment so it’s a case of selecting which one to get out there next, and hoping the momentum continues! Aside from that, we will be looking to gig plenty, and are in the process of organising a big gig in Sheffield. We’ve done a few big ones before and have had some fantastic nights, so there’s quite a bit to live up to but, as ever, we’re pretty confident!
US based singer-songwriter Alex Kelly releases her first full length studio album, Orange Circle this month. I caught up with her recently to find out how things are going and what her plans are for the future. Read the interview below.
Orange Circle is your first full length studio album, since going solo. Excited?
Yes! It’s a wild ride.
2. Has the road to Orange Circle’s release been a smooth one, or has it been tough?
It’s been a bit of both. Even at times of extreme frustration, I enjoy finding the answers, I enjoy my process.
3. Who are your main influences? How far can they be heard on Orange Circle?
During vocal practices, I sing songs from my real book. I purposely made references to that music when it came to the vocal styling of Orange Circle. You can really hear it in Splendor Solis.
4. What’s your creative source? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration mostly in nature. There is an underlying intelligence in nature that keeps me in a state of wonder. Sometimes I just listen to birds sing, sometimes I stare at trees.
5. Can we expect to be seeing you in Europe any time soon?
I certainly hope so. With any luck we will be there by the end of the year (hint hint).
6. Any other outlets than music?
Many. Too many. I like to cook, hula-hoop, write poetry, and grow watermelons (just to name a few things).
7. What’s next? Any plans for after the release?
We want to do a tour in Europe, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed. We have a few music videos in the works and of course, more shows in NYC. Check out calendar at alexkellymusic.com for future dates.
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