The Kaje talks December Sessions to Little Comets

Newcastle’s Little Comets have been a The Kaje favourite for a good few years. The lovely guerilla performers may still pop up here and there to do random gigs on the streets and on trains, but they have also seen a steady increase in their touring schedule. Having had label issues setting back the release of their refreshing debut album “In Search Of Elusive Little Comets”, the trio found their feet in 2011 and have hit the ground running. With 2012 set to be their year, we took a quick moment to chat big breaks…

Can you tell us about the one moment that gave you a big break in your career?

I’m not sure we’ve ever had a big break really but having the support of Huw Stephens at a very early stage was great – it gave us a lot of confidence and as an unsigned act being played on the radio it gave us a lot of exposure.

Was performing live important for you when you were trying to get a name for yourself?

Yeah, but in a quite structured way. We made sure we played at events where there would be a captive audience – on a bus, a lecture theatre, or a house party for example. Also, playing in such a close environment with a listener only centimeters away taught us a lot musically. Playing in somebody’s front room you simply have to capitalise on the immediacy of the situation to make the song connect.

People are saying right now that we need to nurture new talent more than ever because of record companies wanting to take less of a punt on new acts due to reduced budgets – would you agree and if so why do you think new talent is so important?

Not really… music should be reactive and capture a moment in time, provoke thoughts and feelings and counter societal indifference. The way talent is currently nurtured is crass, resulting in an output which is about as intellectual as sand. I think the role of A&R needs to be totally redefined, as does the record label as an entity. The digitalisation of music offers a unique opportunity for the artist to once again set the creative agenda and eschew many of the tired conventions that our industry currently adheres to. Basically, unless you are going to unearth a new wave of visionaries like Berry Gordy and Clive Davis, talent should ostensibly nurture itself.

What advice would you give to up an up and coming act trying to break through right now?

We’re still in that position haha… but to any artist I would always say do as much as you can for yourself – never forget your craft (performing and writing), but learn how to present your music in both a sonic and visual sense.

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