Dance, Hip Hop
Dizzee Rascal, Roni Size/Reprazent, Shapeshifter
Rehan : Digital Synthesis / Guitars / Samples Spex : Vocals / MC Hutch : Drums / Digital Synthesis / Samples D Tech : MC Slice : Dubs / MC / Samples
the Drum and Bass Jungle breakbeat scene of Europe, punk/metal bands from our school days, hip hop from the world all over
KOBRA KAI HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR SECOND ALBUM "INSESSION" Since being heralded Triple J’s state by state Unearthed winners in 2007, Kobra Kaihave continued to lead the future of live dance music in Australia. They have filled dancefloors for The Big Day Out, Futuremusic, Space Ibiza, Stereosonic, Creamfields, and Peats Ridge Festival, as well as a number of Australia’s thriving venues. They haveopened for international artists such as Roni Size & Dynamite MC, Killa Kella, DJ Marky & Stamina, Concord Dawn, The Upbeats, High Contrast, Andy C, and Skrillex. The live five-piece Bass Act is constantly pushing itself and its music, to deliver inspiring and memorable tracks to a wide audience. Following a successful LP(2011) and extensive Australian tour, the group spent most of 2012 in the studio working on its second LP titled ‘Insession’. The second LP is Kobra Kai’s best work to date. It takes Kobra Kai’s signature blend of drum n bass, jungle, breaks, grime, hip hop and dubstep to another level. ‘Insession’ witnesses the band exploring different styles and elements of music, as well as testing their abilities as individuals and as a group. Fans are to expect a large dose of bass heavy mania, with a technical blend of electronic and acoustic sounds. From intelligent rhymes and impressive vocal ranges, to technical drum beats and catchy riffs, Kobra Kai have cleverly combined musical genius with the catchy dance floor anthem. The second LP successfully exhibits Kobra Kai’s high level of instrumentation, musicianship, rhyme, and electronic production. Kobra Kai cleverly moulds the club scene with the live scene, working in a parallel world between the home digital studio and the live stage. Live drums, guitar and keyboards create a unique audio and visceral experience for spectators, who find themselves in a high energised dance floor frenzy! KOBRA-KAI! VIDEOS --------> Firestorm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP42QEYATZw Glass Eye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNntq7nrZbc Rollerball http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKRHuMLgTEw Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kobrakailive
- the Drum and Bass Jungle breakbeat scene of Europe ,
- 3 mc's and 2 jungle players (and no Dex) ,
- punk/metal bands from our school days , ...
They squeeze a hell of a lot of members on stage, and just as many influences into their music. Kobra Kai are a 100% live drum n bass, jungle, grime and hip hop outfit with energy in bucketloads.
Kobra Kai are the winners of our Parklife NSW competition. More about this competition »
What can the Parklife crowd expect when you take to the stage?
A dirty mash-up of drum'n'bass, grime, jungle, breaks... laced with jazz, metal, dub and reggae. Our live sound is raw. No sequencing. The beats are bashed out on a live hybrid electronic/acoustic kit. Our bass is played out live on a hybrid bass-guitar/MIDI setup. Synths are tweaked and played on live controllers, while we run the drums and other sounds through 3 different laptops and various hardware/software filters. (Yes, our cabling is a freakin nightmare). Not to mention 3 mc's that have the tendancy to grab any crowd by the scruff of the neck..
Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the Parklife line-up this year?
Well this year's lineup is particularly huge .... u can bet we'll be on the floor for MIA's crunked-up, bass-shakin sound. She's one of the freshest artists out there right now. Shapeshifter are also a huge influence on us, being one of the most extraordinary live-acts out there. And I'm sure we wouldn't wanna miss DJ's Craze's off-the-hook turntablsim either ... but damn, the whole lineup is big.
You appear to have a lot of varying influences. Does that ever cause conflict within the band?
It sure does, but it's all part of the fun of working with diverse band members. Luckily, everyone in our crew is open-minded and willing to experiment with other members 'hypothesis' on making music. Being in a band like ours is not so much about getting what u want, but seeing what happens when we put our heads together.
How do you go about writing your songs?
Usually one of makes a start on a song or groove and then rest of the members add on to it. Sometimes we write in sequencing on laptops and transfer it to live. Sometimes we just jam out noise and see what comes out. Lately we've found it's great being able to apply both sequencing and live playing in the song-writing process, just to experiment with different angles.
What have you got planned for the future?
We have an album in the works that we're producing ourselves, and hope to give people a taste of a tune or two within a month. And a tour of Aus/NZ should follow. Stay tuned...
Australian music is...
In a very healthy state right now. Plenty of people here are open to new styles, like the 'live' dance music that we do. We've branched out from being a country of producing just rock acts. Punters these days can go out and see quality local acts from all genres. There's so much talent here in Oz.. not to mention our neighbours across the Tasman. NZ music is off the hook these days. Big Ups!View Profile Hide Interview