English sextet Young Kato have been quite busy as of late. Between touring and recording their debut record, the band have been building a faithful audience while word spreads like wildfire of their wonderful music. Young Kato took some time to chat with AMBY about Carly Rae Jepson, burning coats and good key changes.
AMBY: How would you describe YOUNG KATO’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Young Kato: I guess we would describe our music as being ‘Pop’. It is quite a loose term in a way but we thrive off hooks and melodies and I think we make music that you can appreciate regardless of your age or what other types of bands/artists you listen to. Most of our songs are quite upbeat, fresh and youthful, and I also think they are pretty immediate.
AMBY: You are currently working on your debut album. What does the band have planned for 2013?
Young Kato: Yeah, I would say we are 70% there in terms of songs ready to go for our debut full length. We have been playing some of these songs on our recent tour and people seemed to be vibing to the tracks which are not even available to listen to on the internet or anything which is cool. I think we will aim to have the album out within the next year or so definitely but we don’t want to rush into anything. Hopefully we will release it when the time is right and when we are ready. In terms of other plans I think we will step up the touring a fair bit and hopefully play to as many people as possible. We just want to do as much as we possibly can and whatever gets thrown our way – seize the opportunity!
AMBY: Revolution is an splendid song, what is the story behind it?
Young Kato: Cheers! I didn’t write the lyrics myself but Revolution is about not worrying about stuff and taking each day as it comes really.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Young Kato: I stupidly put my coat very near a lamp backstage quite recently at a show in London. I didn’t realise that it was extremely hot, and somehow my coat started burning and quite nearly set on fire meaning I had to poor a can of beer on it to stop it going up in flames… Wasn’t that funny actually but it ruined my coat and made me get a few strange looks from people which is funny I guess!
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Young Kato: Make it a requirement to wear a bit of our merch at least one day a week? Maybe not…
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
Young Kato: U2 (aka; THE boys).
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Young Kato: Collectively as a band we actually enjoy listening to a lot of other contemporary bands/amongst amongst some older stuff so we always have an ear out for new music. I was really impressed by Peace who I saw when we played a thing called Underground Festival back in September so since then I have been enjoying their ‘Delicious’ EP. Haim as well I think are real cool with some great catchy tunes, they seem to be smashing it – and they are a band of girls which makes it even better. Also we all really like this band called Zulu Winter who we discovered when we both played an event called the Station Sessions at St Pancras Station in London a while back. They make interesting pop music and their album is definitely one I would recommend.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
Young Kato: Ian Brown ‘cos he’s real cool, Cheryl Cole ‘cos… well. Also David Attenborough ‘cos he seems to know a lot of interesting stuff from what I gather.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
Young Kato: Arguably Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about YOUNG KATO that nobody knows yet?
Young Kato: Bit of a tough one as it is hard to gauge what people do/don’t know. We love a good key-change? Not sure if that is a secret or not though…
Thank you Young Kato, for giving us your answers!
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