Adelaide 5-piece It's A Hoax are a band driven by a love for creating something out of nothing. Their left-field indie rock is born out of constant improvisation and inspired by everything from math rock to NYC jazz.
Kucka has been mucking around for a few years now in her Perth bedroom making some unique sounding, weird and wonderful electronic music. They play live as a three piece and their music can do anything from make you sway to all out dance, check 'em out this week as our feature artist.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started experimenting with electronics a while ago, just playing around on garage band with my guitar and vocals. From there I found ableton and have continued to experiment ever since. I also studied music composition at uni, which helped me learn about theory and about how classical music and harmony works, which has helped alot with my production too.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I love buying world music records from op-shops. You can usually pick old ones up for about $1. The other day I bought a Balinese Gamelan record and the sounds are really unique and inspiring. I find that it's good to listen to stuff that isn't conventional pop when I'm writing, to keep things a bit different.
What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?
We play live as a 3 piece, I sing and hit off samples on a keytar, Jake plays synths and also controls our visuals and Katie plays the beats on her Maschine. We amp up the tracks a bit more for the live show so people can get into it and have a dance. The visuals are made by an artist from Vienna called Martina Menegon, she usually works with installation art so they are really immersive and unique.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My best friend always tells me to take 20 mins out of the day to meditate and not think about anything at all. I find that it helps when I'm writing, I always come back with a fresh perspective.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Taku - I miss you
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Catlips - Kanimbla
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was a tour fundraiser for the band Mudlark. They got a few bands to collaborate on a fresh project for the night, so I got to see lots of local musicians improvise and experiment, I even got up and had a jam with Ben Witt from the Chemist which was really fun.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
My latest favourite Perth band is Mudlark who I mentioned before, they are a two piece, just guitar and drums, but the rhythms and textures they create are incredible. Other artists who inspire me are Mei Saraswati and Doctopus, for very different reasons. Mei writes beautiful, groovin beats and has an amazing voice, and Doctopus are an energy/good vibes explosion.
What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?
At the moment I'm finishing my next EP, which is due out in October and then a tour over East after that.View Profile Hide Interview
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