The Kaje talks establishing motives to Young Kato

Young Kato are a six-piece from Cheltenham who are set to become the band of their generation. Every so often the music scene needs shaking up, then a band springs up taking the lead from those that went before, but delivering it with their own style and swagger. Young Kato do exactly that. While their influences may be worn on their plush sleeves, they channel their creative spark into a new mould. Though they will be the recipients of comparisons to everyone from The Horrors to The Maccabees, The Arctic Monkeys to Pulp and Foals to The Smiths, we predict that Young Kato will be so big by the turn of 2013, that the need for comparison will fade by the time you finish listening to debut single “Drink, Dance, Play”. Luckily it appears that guitarist Jack Edwards has similar dreams and ambitions..
So we know you are a six piece and you are from Cheltenham, but tell us a little bit more about how Young Kato came to be… How did you settle on the name Young Kato?
We didn’t! 2 of the 6 band members were totally against the name but after a week of brainstorming and only have one or two people liking the names being suggested, 4 out of 6 was quite good! I suppose being such a big band doesnt make it easy when it comes to things like that… So many of us to please!
Who brings what influences to the table?
We are all into bands such as Foals, The Maccabees, Friendly Fires, Dog is Dead, The Vaccines etc but then we all have other influences. For example, Tom (vocals) is into his 80s stuff… the likes of Duran Duran and The Smiths. Harry (keyboard) loves his jazz and often listens to Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman and Hiromi. I’m also into the slightly heavier side of the current Pop/Rock scene – Bands such as Twin Atlantic and Deaf Havana, so we get quite a wide spread of influence that probably comes through in our music.
As with all newcomers your sound is being compared to those that have gone before… What have been the best and worst comparisons you have heard?
The best comparision we’ve heard I think was “They’re like One Direction meets Arctic Monkeys, meets Morrisey”, another being “The Smiths with attitude” which was quite cool. Worst one would have to be “A cheap Two Door Cinema Club”, which was pretty bad.
If you had to draw your own comparisons-who would they be with and why?
I’d probably say The Killers with a hint of Morrisey and U2 because people have described our songs having “massive chorus’, and “lighters in the air” verses similar to that of an arena band sound. People also often comment on Tom’s Vocals saying “he sounds like Morrissey”.
You are about to release your debut EP-you have opted for the self-titled route.. Why?
Simply just an introduction to our music, we feel having the name directly alongside the music gets people knowing what we’re all about – we are Young Kato and this is our music.
Can you tell us a bit more about each of the four tracks…
Without giving too much away…
TRACK 1, ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ – A vibrant, youthful track showing off our bands energy. This song has always been the fan favourite with chants and stage invasions.
TRACK 2, ‘Break Out’ – Lyrically this is our strongest song as we co-wrote with Chelt born Ian Dench (EMF). Yet again a song with energy and a song that we connect to, as we sing/shout about breaking away from our daily routines of college/school/work.
TRACK 3, ‘Life’s Good’ – An upbeat love song that simply tells her that life is what you make of it, its time to stop moping around and get on with it.
TRACK, 4 ‘Revolution’ – Predominantly the bands favourtie song, another co-write – this time with Gordon Mills Jnr. A great bloke who works with lots of up and coming bands/artists including Ed Sheeran. The lyrics are strong, surreal and honest and rounds off our EP perfectly as we feel even though we wrote and recorded it in a day we feel we have found our sound.
How did you know which tracks were worthy of being on your introductory EP?
All four of the tracks have a big pop sound which is youthful and upbeat we felt the first release needed to be happy so that everyone can relate to them, not soleum and miserable like many songs around at present.
How did you select “Drink, Dance, Play” as the lead single?
There are so many “indie” guitar bands out there at the moment and we feel “Drink, Dance, Play” play has a completely different vibe to anything else. The combined factor of it’s uniqueness, the joyful vibe and the raw fact we are not ashamed to admit were making pop music the way it should be are the reasons we’ve chosen it as the single.
What hopes do you have for the single?
We’re not hoping to conquer the world for starters (even though that would be nice), after all it is our first release. We just hope it can raise awareness of the band and our name, then hopefully we can go from strength to strength after its release.
With the EP all set to be unleashed, are you looking forward to a life on the road?
Most definitely, the best part of being in a band is playing shows – what could be better than playing shows every night for weeks in a row, going to places
we’ve never been and meeting new people who all have a huge passion for live music? So yeah, really looking forward to it!
Where in the world would you most like to play?
I can’t speak for the whole band, but myself I’d love to play in Japan. I love how music acts as a worldwide language, it doesn’t even need to be literally translated for people to enjoy it or relate to it.
If you could define one ambition that you’d like to achieve by the turn of 2013, what would it be?
Have Album No.1 completed and ready to tour.
Lastly, complete this sentence Young Kato are set to be….
The new era of pop music.
Interview by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Camp Bestival – Just 8 weeks to go!!

There are just less than eight weeks to go until we all make the journey to Dorset’s glorious Jurassic coast for a weekend of joy at Lulworth Castle and we have got some super-exiting news for you including the fact that the Jousting will be on every day! With 53 sleeps before Camp Bestival throws open its gates it’s not long until we can enjoy three full days of partying with Madness, Friendly Fires, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Human League, Calvin Harris, Tinchy Stryder and many more musical pleasures.  Plus there will be literally hundreds of free things for kids to do, amazing food from the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage Café, enlightened and erudite entertainment at the East Lulworth Literary Institute, Fairy Tale fancy dress, Zippos Circus, The House of Fairy Tales and much, much more.

Rob da Bank says: “Jousting is the new black, its official. Anyone who saw the shows last year knows how exhilarating a bit of jousting looks after a pint of real ale… and the kids were screaming for more too. So its back and it’s now every day, gang! Our ‘How To …’ series for budding creative types from eight to eighty year olds already has film director Andrea Arnold, über producer William Orbit and DJ Derek onboard so we’re delighted that Gavin Turk one of the original Young British Artists and also the curator of the House Of Fairytales is joining the bill to tell us How To … Be An Artist. See you down the front.”

A firm favourite with kids young and old, the Knights of Lulworth Castle will be performing their dramatic battles on horseback every day at this year’s Camp Bestival. Join Horses Impossible, the celebrated stunt riders from films such as First Knight, The Clash of the Titans, Van Helsing and Russell’s Crowe’s Robin Hood, as they delight you with their amazing show.  With spectacular period costumes, and set to an exciting soundtrack, the medieval show will leave you breathless, as you witness the skill of the Games and the danger of the Joust.  As well as mounted knights with lances, you’ll see displays with swords, staffs and even a flaming mace! The evil black knight, Lord Odious Black, has issued a challenge to the knights to come and show their skills, but will he cheat? Probably!  So be prepared to Boo!  Our Herald will lead you through the history of knights and the tournaments – all the gore and more – get involved and cheer on your favourite knights as they face one another for the competition.  The jousting never fails to impress and with performances every day there’s no excuse to miss the majesty of medieval combat.

Following their amazing shows last year, the English National Ballet are back by popular demand to wow the crowd with their sublime performances but not only will they be performing live they will also be showing films of their recent ballets and conducting ballet hair an make-up sessions, so your budding ballerinas can perfect their look!

The ‘How To…’ sessions, that already feature acclaimed film director Andrea Arnold, William Orbit and legendary rock photographer Kevin Cummins will lay bare the mysterious world of the arts for all to see, giving you the opportunity to learn from the real masters, so we are very pleased that the line up will be completed by a special session from Gavin Turk. At the forefront of the Young British Artists movement that also spawned Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most important artists. Alongside Deborah Curtis, The House of Fairy Tales is one of the most exciting attractions coming to Camp Bestival this year, so it’s a huge honour to have him baring the secrets of his success.

Plus, so you can enjoy your time at Camp Bestival in some serious style we have 4 beautiful Cabanas available for hire, located in the Castle Field and facing the main outdoor Castle Stage. These Cabanas are traditional 12ft pole tents which are lined floor to ceiling in stunning sumptuous hand worked velvet and they each come with a day bed loaded with cushions, a table and have a carpeted floor.  If you’re celebrating a birthday for a little ‘un, want an intimate knees-up with old muckers or just want to enjoy the main stage in lavish style the Cabanas are available to hire for part or whole days, so you and your friends and family have a base to relax and enjoy the music and ambience. There are two hire periods each day –  Day (midday to 6pm) and Night (6pm to midnight). Day hire costs £250 and Night hire costs £300. If you would like to book one please email providing your address and phone number. These will go very quickly so you’d best be quick!

With so much to see and do, Camp Bestival 2010 is set to be a fairytale extravaganza but just to get you in the mood Rob da Bank has put together a special Camp Bestival Podcast packed with oodles of exciting news and music from this year’s line-up plus info about the other little oddities to be found at this year’s festival.  If you haven’t already got it click this link and enjoy!

Don’t forget, Bestival is sold out and tickets are going fast for Camp Bestival so get in there whilst you still can.  For all the latest news remember to keep checking

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