Karobela – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
K: Karobela is an heavy alternative rock band, the focus being dirty guitar riffs and big soaring vocals
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
K: The band has been going for some time now, but under a previous name and slightly different line up. However, this line up has remained solid for a couple of years now, and our sound has changed over time. Therefore, we thought it wise to change our name in the Spring to reflect the band that we are today. We’ve gigged all over Kent and London, we have 3 EPs worth of our own music under our belt, as well as a new single which came out in June and another due out in November.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
K: We’re heavily influenced by older acts such as Zeppelin and Hendrix but also with the modern twists of Kaleo, Royal Blood and The Pretty Reckless. We love the nuances from older rock gods and like to try and mix this with the edgier sounds of alternative rock today
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: The long term goal is of course to be able to quit our day jobs and for the band to be a full time job for us. It would be great to our music to be played on commercial radio shows, but also to hear them in adverts, television shows and games as well. We’d also love to be a support act for a major band such as Kaleo or Royal Blood, and then go on to doing our own headline shows across the country and then internationally as well
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: Our song writing is very collective. Someone will come to rehearsal with an idea, and everything grows around it. We all add our individual parts into a coherent idea and work on it continuously until we’re fully happy with how it sounds. Ultimately, songs aren’t fully written until they’re performed in front of an audience a few times. Our songs have different themes behind them, some reflect what we’ve been through as individuals and sometimes it’s things that have happened to our loved ones and sometimes it’s just something we want to draw attention to.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: Mainly through social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and also through word of mouth.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: As long as people are paying for their downloads then of course it’s great. It’s just a shame that the companies involved take so much money from their artists. We never recoup the money from what we sell online, which is a huge shame. Hopefully it will change, but it’s a continuing battle. Of course we prefer people to purchase physical CDs, but having music online does make it cheaper and easier for smaller artists to release singles, rather than having to get a CD printed every time a new single is released.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: Probably ‘No Good’ by Kaleo. It’s a staple in our set anyway and goes down an absolute storm. It’s fun, heavy, catchy, gets the crowd stomping and grinning from ear to ear. It’s also been used in countless TV shows, adverts and even the main track in Fifa 2017
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: We’re pretty laid back as musicians in fairness, but probably when other musicians turn up to a gig expecting to use your stuff, without having asked or arranging it first.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: We’re really proud every time we release new music. To hear the final track after months of hard work is amazing. Our recent single, No Mercy, received a great response and an incredible amount of support.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
K: We’ve just recorded a new music video for our next single which is out in November. We’re then recording another single at Anchor Baby Recording Company in October for release in the new year. Next year we’re thinking about releasing an EP, money permitted!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
K: We have a huge show coming up on the 4th October at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone supporting the massive Kent band, Salvation Jayne. The Ovines are also supporting. We then head off to Whitchurch on the 18th October to play Percy’s bar and Rotherham Trade on Saturday 19th October. We’re then playing in Canterbury at the Penny Theatre on the 8th November.