Kudu Blue

We interviewed pop band Kudu Blue to discuss their new single Drink Alone, their EP Shaded and more!

Interview by Jane Howkins.

You recently released a new single called Drink Alone. What can you tell us about that, and why did you pick that song to be a single?

Drink Alone is one of the first tracks that we wrote as a band. It has been in our set for pretty much the whole time we’ve been playing. It felt right to put it out as a single alongside Sugar Lemz and Enemy, it’s definitely a different kind of sound to the music we write now, but to us there’s almost a sense of nostalgia about it and it’s the track people seem to go away with in their heads after a show. The lyric idea came about when Clem was working in a pub in Brighton. We used to have a drink during our shift and one day he didn’t feel like it, the girl he was working with said “please don’t make me drink alone” and it gave him the idea for the song.

Do you have any plans for an album, or are you focusing on releasing singles at the moment?

No plans for an album as yet. Shaded is the first EP we have put out and it feels good to put out a body of work rather than singles, it feels like it’s a better representation of the music we want to be recognised for. We’re currently writing and recording loads of new material and are really looking forward to sharing it in the future.

Your music has a rather varied sound to it, and it seems clear to us that you must have a wide range of influences. What sort of things are you influenced by, and what have you been listening to recently?

Yeah, we all definitely have varied tastes. Owen’s background is mainly trip-Hop and electronica, Tom is into Jazz World music, Creeda’s big on hip hop, and Clem grew up listening to soul, r ‘n’ b and garage. Although we’ve been influenced by different music and as a collective we’re all in to each others tastes. At the moment we’re listening to Nicolas Jaar, Kendrick Lamar, and 808 ink to name a few, we love all good music to be fair.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It varies from track to track. We’re lucky that we’re able to produce and record everything for ourselves, it makes the process really fluid and adaptable. Sometimes we will sit with our instruments in a rehearsal room and write a track then record it, sometimes we’ll sit around a computer and program the sounds, it all depends. It’s great though, it keeps the creative process fresh.

We see you’re playing at the Dot To Dot Festival this year – are you excited for that?

Yeah, we’re really looking forward to it! There’s loads of other great bands playing too so we’re looking forward to hearing some new music as well.

Have you been to the festival before? Who else are you looking forward to seeing?

No, it will be a first for us but we’ve heard great things! We’re looking forward to see Croox, Yonaka, Yellow Days, Cosmo Pyke, and Nilufer Yanya.

Do you have any other gigs coming up, either on a headline tour or as support?

Yeah, we’ve got our show on the 3rd May at Camden Assembly, then The Great Escape which we can’t wait for, there’s also Funk the Format and a couple of other bits over the summer. We’re mainly focusing on writing though at the moment.

You’re originally from Brighton. What is the music scene like there? We imagine it to be quite a creative place!

Yep! Except for Clem who’s actually from Birmingham. It’s a great place, there are so many talented musicians, artists and other creatives about. It’s been perfect for us to grow as a band because the people of Brighton really support creativity and it feels like we’ve got a great base here. Also being by the sea is the best.

Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can people expect from a Kudu Blue gig?

We really do give it our all live, it’s our favourite part of what we do. We rehearse so much and when it comes to playing a show we’re just so ready and full of energy. Expect some proper movements from all of us haha.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for listening! And if you’re about on the 3rd of May, come to Camden Assembly, we promise it’s going to be a good one. Aside from that, have a good day!