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Spotlight on Kikamora with interview

The amazingly colourful, ever expansive and absolutely thrilling world of unsigned and independent bands and artists is an absolutely fantastic place. One never needs to look too hard before something jumps out and grabs your attention. One downside of this is that occasionally, especially from my point of view, is that you can easily miss what joys may be right under nose.

What this is leading to is another band that I am compelled and thrilled to highlight here. Named after a mythical Norwegian house witch, Kikamora are inconceivably radiant. While I was happily engrossed perusing new pastures and horizons I managed to overlook a phenomenal band who have surfaced in my region during this year. Fortunately for me, Jimi from this band recently got in contact requesting me to check them out.

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I am truly grateful to Jimi for this as from just a few seconds into Kikamora’s video for their song ‘Old Rosie’ I was and am deeply hooked!

I am feeling slightly embarrassed as this red hot band are based not far from my home!

My next port of call was Kikamora’s Soundcloud page where I found a great selection of rock solid hard rock and blues tracks starting with a few stunning and alluring live acoustic numbers.

I highly recommend that every fan of rock, hard rock and blues check out Kikamora, this band have got more than enough talent and style to go a very long way.

I have recently had a little a chat with Jimi from the band to expand our insight into Kikamora

Nick – I have found most of the info on Kikamora in a great little article in the Clevedon Mercury written by Mark Cardwell. Do you have any plans to set up an official website for the band?

Jimi – Well the thing is as far as the band goes we are still very much in our infancy. Although we are all accomplished musicians who have played together in many other projects we only officially started the band as a hard rock outfit at the start of 2015. We have been very busy this year writing and recording so we have some material to get us out there. An official website is definitely something on the list of things lined up to do.

Nick – Who does what in the band, it is easy to see who plays what but who is the main lyricist, who is acts as manager and who does or where do you go for production etc?

Jimi – Lyrics have always been done by Wilf… He is a very good writer and works hard on it while the rest of us build up the bones of a track. As far as managing goes I book most of the gigs we do and everyone chips on on merch, design of posters and tickets etc. We went to a place in Weston Super Mare called the emarty academy to record our first four tracks but it closed down shortly after

Nick – It is obvious that you are all experienced and accomplished musicians, it is clearly heard. Do any of you have any other musical background or training?

Jimi – No, none of us. I had guitar lessons for a year when I was fifteen. Wilf (vocals) also plays guitar bass… and a bit of piano but don’t think he has ever had any training

Nick – That’s cool, after all Ozzy once stated that his training was as a horn tester for British Leyland! What inspires your songs?

Jimi – We all love classic rock it’s something me and the bassist Alex( bassist) grew up listening too. My dad took me to see Sabbath when I was 9 in 97 and me and Alex went to see them again with our dad’s on the last supper tour in 2002. We just love classic rock so I guess the inspiration is already there inside us haha. We just have to pick up our instruments and let it out hahaha. We all get together and play and the songs just come from there. I think a lot of Wilf lyrics tend to be from life experiences and things that grind his gears.

Nick – You have kindly sent me a wicked pair of tracks which are going to be in the playlist of my next Mixcloud show, are you able to give us an idea of when your first EP or album may be ready?

Jimi – We are hoping to get more recording done before the end of this year. The tracks we have done our purely for fans to have something to check out.

Nick – Which platforms/websites are you most likely to use?

Jimi – We are looking to get the website up before an official release, hopefully that the site will be ready by late November.

Nick – What have been your highs and lows in 2015 and what are your hopes and dreams for the future of Kikamora?

Jimi – A high has been recording our first tracks which although was quite a stressful process but it came out really good. I would love to get on some festivals and release a full length album by the end of 2016 songs and material isn’t an issue, it’s just money and time as we all have full time jobs which are a necessity but this does restrict our time working together as a band.

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Charlton Lane is an artist based in South West UK and is set to release the ten track album Get Off The Good Foot on the 23rd March 2015 through Weiner/Burger Records, iTunes and also Bandcamp. There are only one hundred copies available on a high bias, high quality cassette which comes with unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp App plus high quality downloads in various formats.

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You can check out the bands main website HERE

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