Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
We’ve recently released our first eponymously entitled EP recorded by Zarven Kara at Reel to Reel Studios in Tasmania. There are five tracks of fine funk and soul goodness on the EP with upbeat vibes and deliciously funky grooves mixed with mellower sounds and laid back feels in songs about mountains, Hollywood and the holy trinity!
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Apart from the songs on the EP, I’m excited to begin demoing new material with the band.
There are a couple of favourite songs that I’m looking forward to recording: ‘World Keep On Turning’, inspired by the attacks on Paris in November 2015 and which has been part of our live set for a while now, and a brand new song called ‘Say George’ about the music and impact of funk innovator George Clinton and P-Funk.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
We had a gig in Hobart the night that Prince died, and just before going on we decided to play one of his songs as a small tribute to the musical giant that he was. We decided on ‘Kiss’, picked the key for our vocalists Kalo and Ruth, and off we went without any run through or rehearsal! It was a lot of fun – such a fantastic song and groove – and the only time that KashKin have ever played a song written by somebody else.
What, or who, inspires you?
Positivity and creativity inspire me, and those themes find their way into my music. I was following a blog called Planet C written by Nile Rodgers in which he describes his battle with prostate cancer. I thought he had a fantastically positive attitude in the difficult journey dealing with cancer, and it inspired me to write a song with a positive vibe and message for us all to celebrate and make the most of life. I called the song ‘Smile Like Nile’.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
There are so many great songs and songwriters that it would be impossible pick just one song! Having said that I’ve recently been listening to Ed Sheeran’s album ‘Divide’ and there’s a great song on there called ‘What Do I Know’ that I’d loved to have written. It’s a brilliant pop song – great lyric and message, simple arrangement with guitar and voice, a great performance from Ed, and the lyric, melody, harmony and rhythm all come together to make it something special. It makes me want to get up and dance which I always take as a good sign!
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Like a bento box – a generous main serving of funk, with side dishes of soul, jazz, and rock, and a little spice thrown in…….all packaged together in one deliciously convenient serve for your listening and dancing pleasure!
What’s next for you?
Promoting the EP through gigs, radio airplay, interviews etc, and looking forward to starting work on a new album later in the year.
What’s your scene?
Take a fat slice of funk, a side of soul, mix in some rock and jazz and what have you got? KashKin – purveyors of fine funk and soul for your listening and dancing pleasure!
KashKin are a seven-piece band hailing from Australia’s deep south on the edge of the Southern Ocean. Since coming together in March 2015 the band have been playing their brand of infectious funk to a growing and enthusiastic fanbase, including performances at the Taste of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Composers Festival and Concert, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and and live radio broadcasts.
In addition to live performances, the band have been receiving airplay nationally and internationally in the US and Europe, including being featured on BBC radio o the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show where they were on the playlist alongside artists such as James Brown, Funkadelic, Michael Jackson, Maceo Parker and others.
The band have recently released their first EP – listen/buy here.