I spoke to the Brighton group about playing Glastonbury and their upcoming EP.
Q: Hi, how are you? K.B.: Good thanks. COLD. But good. Feeling positive vibes. Q: Can you please tell me how you started as a band? K.B: The four of us came together about 5 years ago now in 2015, as a production collective. Brighton is just a big melting pot of music and arts, and the three lads in Kudu had been making music around Brighton for quite a few years beforehand. Clem (vocals/production) moved down to Brighton from Birmingham and met Tom (bass/production) on the first day that she came down.
Q: Can you tell me about your latest single, 'AYWM'? What inspired it? K.B.: 'Are You With Me?' is track rooted in a few different styles of dance music. It sort of has a drum and bass sensibility but is at a Garage/2 step tempo. Yeah it's really a celebration of UK dance and it sums up a lot of what we try to achieve with our production. The lyrics focus on meeting someone and trying to work out if they're with you in the early stages of your relationship. If they get you. If they're on your side.
Q: Who are your musical influences? K.B: Massive Attack, Bonobo, Four Tet, MJ Cole, Hot Chip to name a few.
Q: Do you all have similar tastes in music? K.B.: It varies a fair bit but we have similar sensibilities. Owen (Synths/ Production) is into electronic and ambient stuff, Creeda (Drums) much more into hip hop. Tom's background is in Dub/Reggae but is now listening to a lot of Indian classical music, and Clem comes from a more UK garage and 90's dance background. But yeah when we come together we think the styles complement each other.
Q: What is the most exciting thing that's happened to your so far, as a band? K.B.: Most probably playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year. That was great. Though supporting Tennyson on their European tour was also amazing
Q: Who would you love to collaborate with? K.B.: A vocalist like Moses Sumney/ A producer like Four Tet/ a pioneer like Nile Rodgers.