Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
K: We are an alternative rock band with influences from many other genres including indie-rock, pop-rock, and grunge.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
K: We started out in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2021 and found our sound inspired by a culmination of our favourite artists. We released our debut single ‘Sunny’ 8th April 2022 on all music platforms. After the single being a massive success for us, debuting on BBC RADIO INTRODUCING, and boasting over 700 streams on release day, we released our second single ‘Right Here’ on 13th May, and third single ‘Ghost’ released 1st July.
Since then Kulpa have been played multiple times on BBC Radio Introducing, Hard Rock Hell, Spark Sunderland & Amazing Radio/Amazing Radio USA, as well as racking in listeners from all around the globe via Spotify/Spotify Playlists.
Kulpa have played many important local festivals and venues across the North East including Generator Live 22’, Consett Music Fest, Newcastle Union SU, The Globe, Riverside, Bobiks, NE Volume Music Bar, Magnesia Bank, Zerox, as well as our headline shows at Little Buildings, just to name a few. The group were also selected by RISE Newcastle and the general public as one of the top 5 out of hundreds of alternative bands in the North East to compete for a spot at RISEFEST 22’ alongside Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes & Creeper.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
K: Some of our main musical influences are definitely Foo Fighters, Royal Blood and Muse!
We take influences from non-musical things all the time, such as things happening personally or globally, along with history and nature.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: The big dream is to obviously make it big doing what we love, giving it 110% on stage headlining Reading and Leeds Fest and Download!
Giving the crowd a night to remember and making every gig the best if could possibly be is one our main goals we strive to achieve every time we play.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: Musically, we all participate in writing new songs, making each single more unique than the last as we all have a variety of tastes in music from one another.
Jack and Liam do the majority of the lyrics and vocal melodies. Each song is about something different and can be influenced by many things happening either personally or globally such as love & feelings, economy & media, and history of past events.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: We primarily work through social media on Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok as well as spreading the word personally. However we are in the process of starting to make our own posters and stickers to put up around cities as we love the idea of catching someone’s eye and having the opportunity to play to a new audience in the hopes of gaining new fans.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: If you’re on about illegally, I mean I understand why people do it, especially with the whole cost of living going up, however it is taking profits out of musicians, a lot of whom struggle massively doing the art full time. It might seem like pittance each stream or sale but it does add up.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: I’m sure we’ll all have different answers for this one
but I think one track we can all agree on is ‘My Hero’ by the Foo Fighters. It’s such an iconic Foo’s track with the catchy vocals in the chorus, memorable drum intro and lyrics that just capture the raw passion behind the track. I’m sure it’s one everyone wishes they’d written!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: We have loads of proud moments but one that stands out is definitely our first headline gig! For our first time putting on a show not knowing if we’ll even make our money back, it went down an absolute blast and I’m sure its a night we’ll always remember. Another proud moment is when we released our first single and seeing all the amazing feedback from our friends and family to radio stations and people we’ve never even met was extremely rewarding.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
K: Well we have our newest single ‘Bloodshot’ out October 28th which has been a favourite of ours over the past year and always goes down well with the crowd so we’re stoked to finally get that out!
We’re also in the middle of writing a brand new set so we can hit 2023 hard with loads of brand new music and gigs!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
K: We are available to find everywhere you can get music online! Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Deezer, Soundcloud, etc. Just look up ‘Kulpa’ and you’ll find us or head to: https://www.facebook.com/CulpaSheeOfficial/