The Kaje talks international acclaim to Django Django

Django Django have come a long way in the three years since their formation in 2009 at art school in Edinburgh, with the now London based quartet dominating the musical press worldwide. Having received universal praise for their long-awaited eponymous debut album, the boys (David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace) are currently loving the festival circuit and feeding off the positive response to their sound. With the boys on football break before their set at Summer Sundae, The Kaje crashed to chat potential global domination to the laid back lads.

It has been quite a manic year for you, would you be able to pin-point a highlight?

Tommy: We went to Japan and Australia a few weeks ago, that was the first time that we had experienced a massive Festival crowd. It just felt really foreign and a lot different to the UK and Europe. That was quite a cool thing.

Then we played New York back in February before SXSW, which was the first time we had been out of Europe. That was quite a momentous experience.You are going places and you don’t know how you will be perceived or received or anything. We got really good reactions, which was totally strange.

How have you found the crowds differ?

David: I think we have got quite a broad fanbase. I think we appeal to really old people as much as we do to toddlers. I think abroad it is much more teens to thirty age group, but in Britain it is really broad. We get a slightly older and slightly younger audience here.

Tommy: Everything seems to be going pretty well in all the regions, so we don’t really worry. We know in other places that we are getting radio play, but it is not until you get there that you realise that there are people wanting to see you play. It is bizarre to get 20,000 people in Japan. We did not know what to expect. It could have been a couple of hundred people and we would have been pretty happy.

David: I like the way we don’t appeal to a specific demographic. It is interesting to be like that.

Your success around the world has bought you the chance to perform on some massive stages. Do you miss the intimate spaces?

Tommy: When it works out, the big festival thing can be amazing. When it doesn’t it can be absolutely terrifying. Sometimes it doesn’t really take off the way you had hoped. That can just happen, whether it is the atmosphere or sound.

David: My favourite shows are sweaty midnight club gigs where everyone is drunk, and there is a really clubby soundsystem. Deep base is harder to recreate when there are big winds. It suits our music a bit better. It is hard to generalise, but those tend to be my favourite gigs.

Tommy: In Australia they have lots of sideshows, so we did our first club night in about 4 months. It was so surreal being that close up again as you get used to there being a barrier. People put cokes over your monitor or spill their drinks over your stuff, but that was the way we came up. It is still good to do that.

This year has seen the release of your album-how does it feel to have finally hit that landmark? Also, what do you prefer-the live or recorded?

Tommy: They are two different types of process. The recorded stuff leads to the live.

David: That is not normally the case, for most the live leads to the the recorded.

Tommy: That was what I was just about to say. That is how it has worked on this one. A lot of the songs were done in a bedroom, with people going in individually. It was only after that that we had to transpose it all to a live setting. The original has not been adhered to closely as we just couldn’t. They are too layered. We had to take the bare essence of what the song was, then do something with that.

David: There are some tracks which came a bit later that we sketched out in the studio then played them live, changing them slightly as to what worked and what didn’t, then took them back to the studio. But on the whole they were all songs already and we had to work out how to reproduce them live.

Were you expecting the immense commercial and critical acclaim you have received?

Tommy: I guess we didn’t really think what we were doing. We personally liked it. It was a personal achievement but we didn’t know where we would fit in. Certainly in London there are lots of other music scenes which were more popular. We live in East London and that sort of area does influence national music, but we don’t necessarily fit in there. For us it was just about doing parties and making them fun. It was about dressing up a bit and not taking it too seriously. It was about not making it super cool.

We went into the charts when the album came out and I didn’t even know that the charts still existed. I thought Simon Cowell was in charge of the charts. I thought he said what went in the charts. I don’t know how. I was almost a wee bit like I don’t even know if the charts are where I want to be.

David: We have just been so totally shocked by the general response to it. Really we are just really introverted and concentrated on getting it out. It wasn’t until we actually had the real physical thing that we stopped and went “Amazing!” Everything that has come after has just been an amazing bonus.

How do you think your success has changed the expectations of others?

David: I don’t think we care much about what other people want. It is good that we are going to have more time and resources to make something due to the way it was received. At the end of the day we are just trying to make things that interest us. It may sound cheesy, but that is the way it is.

http://www.djangodjango.co.uk

Interview and Photographs by Jeremy Williams

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Summer Sundae, Leicester

Summer Sundae is a The Kaje favourite. A city festival which is so far removed from the city. Just a stone’s throw from Leicester city centre, Victoria Park is transported for one weekend a year to a world of artistic wonder. With performers including Adam
Ant, Katy B, Ocean Colour Scene and Patrick Wolf on the line-up, 2012 was full of early promise.

However, the Katy B headlined Friday night failed to live up to expectations. With a distinctly small audience wandering between four performance spaces, it was difficult for any real buzz to be created. While Bastille packed out a sweaty Watering Hole, Patrick Wolf mourned diminished audiences in Crocodile’s Lagoon for his tender acoustic set. For her part, Katy B pulled in the punters and had all ages bouncing to her euphoric pop-dub.

Thankfully the sun shone on Saturday and the audience arrived in droves. With a spring in everyone’s step, Victoria Park was abuzz. Hotly tipped girl rockers Savages brought a touch of Juliette Lewis inspires glamour to the day, while the lush Lucy Rose won hearts with her wistful woes. Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin’s Stornoway-esque folk captured hearts, while Adam Ant made everyone ‘Stand Up and Deliver’ with a riotous set. Ocean Colour Scene were worthy headliners, though the stand out performances of the day came from the enchanting Agnes Obel and addictive Lianne La Havas.

Sunday saw rain but few were deterred. Appearing far too early in the line-up were Leicester’s finest Midnight Wire, who out in a set so fresh and energetic that memories of early Arctic Monkeys were provoked. Equally exciting are Norway’s Team Me who whip the main stage into a frenzy. Beth Rowley and Juan Zelada both inject a little blues into the day, but it is Sheffield’s Hey Sholay that steal the crown with an unforgettable romp.

As ever Summer Sundae does not disappoint. An eclectic line up celebrates an array of artists and caters to all tastes. While there were a handful of lowlights, notably the over-hyped Friends and frantic Japandroids, here at The Kaje we say roll on 2013-though next time have La Havas headline!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Mark Chalmers
Photographer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Final Summer Sundae Acts Announced

Summer Sundae Weekender are delighted to announcethe final wave of artists on 2012’s line up, establishing the event once again as an essentialdate in the summer music calendar!

Mercury nominated Ed Harcourt is the finalact to join the Drowned in Sound bill.Having released five studio albums to date, the singer-songwriter hasrightfully gained the reputation for being the British answer to Jeff Buckley. Drivenby their desire to create a sound that is indestructible and musically solid,all girl four piece Savages invokethe radical spirit of the great post punk bands to achieve this. You can catch themon Saturday 18th August at the Crocodile’s Lagoon indoors at DeMontfort Hall. Unique electronic project Dark Dark Horse are also announced as winners of the local competition for anEast Midlands band to open the Summer Sundae Main Stage this year. TheLeicestershire three-piece were selected and announced live on air by BBC RadioDJ Dean Jackson during his show ‘The Beat’. Dean Jackson will also bepresenting a BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s festival on Saturday 18thAugust at The Watering Hole, featuring the very best of East Midlands talentincluding rising star Jake Bugg and talented youngster Mahalia.

In addition to Dean Jackson from BBC’s The Beat, we are also excited to announce our other MCs forSummer Sundae Weekender 2012. They will include: BBC6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio Leicester’s Jonathan Lampon & Ed Stagg andLeicestershire singer-songwriters Kevin Hewick and Stevie Jones, withmore to be added across the weekend.

TICKETS:

There are a limited number of Day,Weekend and Camping tickets still available.

2012 tickets are pegged back to 2010prices. For more ticketing information including live-in vehicle tickets,please see our website www.summersundae.com/tickets.

NEWS: Summer Sundae Announce More Acts!

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER 2012!
DE MONTFORT HALL AND GARDENS
17th 18th 19th AUGUST 2012
Presented by Coda and DMH

FIFTH WAVE OF ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SUMMER SUNDAE 2012 BILL:

MICACHU AND THE SHAPES/ MAN LIKE ME
JAPANDROIDS/ BETH ROWLEY
THE STAVES/ BASTILLE
HER NAME IS CALLA
CHARLEE DREW/ KYTE/ VOWS
COWBOY/ BELLAWAVE

 AND THE ACOUSTIC CAFÉ WITH:
SIOBHAN MAZZEI/ PRASH GOR/ THE SIMPLETONES/
THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT

Summer Sundae Weekender are delighted to announce the fifth wave of artists on 2012’s line up, establishing the event once again as an essential date in the summer music calendar.

Micachu and the Shapes take pop into unchartered territory and have been known to take to the stage with an array of customized and homemade instruments. Amongst their musical inventions is a xylophone constructed from light bulbs, and a musical ‘Cloud Chamber’ made out of Pyrex dishes. Signed to Mike Skinner’s record label, Man Like Me is one of the most hotly tipped acts around. Their highly energetic mix of vibrant beats, cheap synths and strange sounds is intoxicating. Brit Award nominee Beth Rowley drifts seamlessly through many different musical styles, melding blues, country, folk, gospel and Latin American music into her own soulful sound. The Staves songwriting is striking and exquisite, a melding of still, bright English Folk and sublime West Coast pop that when performed live is capable of plunging an audience into awed silence. Bastille began as an alternative identity for Dan Smith whose ‘Flaw’ video went viral at the start of 2011. Since then Bastille has continued to soak up the spirit of revolution and change that his name connotes producing an array of mesmerizing noir ballads and infectious anthems. Leicester singer-songwriter Charlee Drew has acquired an impressive online following over the course of the past year. Having featured on Skepta’s album and joined him on tour he is now working on his anticipated debut album. Also added to the bill are Leicestershire locals Ktye who bring shimmering ambience to the world of pop, Cowboy who have have reformed and are back this year with their new EP and finally legends of the local music scene Bellawave.

Joining the Drowned in Sound stage are Japandriods. On a musical mission to be ‘maximal,’ The Canadian duo’s dynamic sound runs the gauntlet of rock & roll sub genres and could easily be interpreted as the output of five or more musicians. Post- Rockers Her Name is Calla have gained critical acclaim for their dazzling take on dynamic guitar music.

Also at this year’s Summer Sundae Weekender, taking place at The Watering Hole on the morning of Sunday 19th August is The Acoustic Café. This will feature performances from some of Leicester’s hottest local talent including the dramatic and mysterious Siobhan Mazzei, the free flowing, soulful vocals of Prash Gor, a dash of acapella and barbershop from The Simpletones and the ukulele equipped The Skunk-Boy Project.

TICKETS:

A limited number of 2012 Day Tickets are now on sale at 2010 prices!

Weekend and Camping Tickets also remain pegged back to 2010 prices.

For more ticketing information including live-in vehicle and camping tickets, please see our website www.summersundae.com/tickets

Please note that due to planned building work at Regents College, all camping for Summer Sundae 2012 will be on Victoria Park. We will still have family and quiet(er) areas at this campsite.

TICKET TYPE

FULL PRICE
Adult Weekend £105
Young Persons (14-17) Weekend £70
Child (5 -13) Weekend £35.00
Adult Friday £35
Young Persons (14-17) Friday £25
Child (5-13) Friday £12
Adult Saturday OR Sunday £45 each
Young Persons (14-17) Saturday OR Sunday £30 each
Child (5-13) Saturday OR Sunday £15 each
Child (0-4) Weekend or Day FREE with an Adult

DAY BY DAY LINE-UPS

FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST:

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION / BASTILLE / BOWERBIRDS / CHARLEE DREW / CLEAN BANDIT / CLOCK OPERA / DAN MANGAN / DATAROCK / ELIZABETH CORNISH / FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS / GHOSTPOET / JACK BEATS / KAPPA GAMMA / KATY B / KYTE / LONEY DEAR / OLUGBENGA (METRONOMY DJ) / PATRICK WOLF (ACOUSTIC) / SWAY / TINY RUINS / UNCLE FRANK / WALTER BOTTLE / WILLY MASON / Y NIWL

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST:

ADAM ANT & THE GOOD THE MAD & THE LOVELY POSSE / AGNES OBEL / AKALA / BUENOS AIRES / CASHIER NO 9 / THE DAYDREAM CLUB / DEATH IN VEGAS / DOG IS DEAD / FRIENDS / GOODNIGHT LENIN  / HIP HOP SHAKESPEARE  / JAKE BUGG / JONATHAN RICHMAN / KENWORTHY / LIANNE LA HAVAS / LITTLE NIGHT TERRORS / LUCY ROSE / MAHALIA / MAN LIKE ME / MICACHU AND THE SHAPES / MOLOTOV JUKEBOX / NANCY DAWKINS / OCEAN COLOUR SCENE / PARK BENCH SOCIETY / THePETEBOX / RACHEL SERMANNI / SPEECH DEBELLE / THESE FURROWS / TIM EDEY & BRENDAN POWER / tUnE-yArDs / VOWS

SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST:

BELLAWAVE / BETH ROWLEY / BILLY BRAGG CELEBRATES WOODY GUTHRIE’S 100TH BIRTHDAY / THE BLACK SEEDS / COWBOY / DEER TICK / DJANGO DJANGO / GOLD PANDA / GRACE PETRIE / HER NAME IS CALLA / HEY SHOLAY / JAPANDROIDS / JERSEY BUDD / JUAN ZELADA / LAZY LESTER AND FRIENDS / THE LEICESTER ALL SKA’S REGGAE BIG BAND / LEWIS FLOYD HENRY / THE MAGIC TOMBOLINOS / MAYBESHEWILL / PRASH GOR / PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED / REVEREND AND THE MAKERS / THE SIMPLETONES / SIOBHAN MAZZEI / THE SKUNK-BOY PROJECT / THE STAVES / STAY+ / TEAM ME / THE TWILIGHT SAD

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September Issue!!

The summer has come and gone, and The Kaje is still here! Issue 5 is our best to date with an array of well-known, and some not so well-known artists gracing our magazine. Come take a look…

Read it here!

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The September issue contains:

Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

Win! Win!

Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Reviews:
Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

NEWS: Frightened Rabbit Announce Additional Tour Dates

Frightened Rabbit have announced three additional dates to their UK Winter Tour in November/December, including two dates in Ireland, and a second date added at Glasgow’s Barrowlands, all on sale from today.
The band return to the UK briefly over the next couple of weeks to play Summer Sundae in Leicester this weekend, and their first V Festival shows the following weekend. The band are currently in the US, having played Lollapalloza at the weekend – one stop in a long summer of  international festival appearances off the back of this year’s stunning ‘Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ album that has seen the band embrace an ever growing audience with confident, show-stopping performances abroad and at home – memorably those at Glastonbury, Latitude and especially T In The Park.
Additionally, Frightened Rabbit are giving away a brand new, previously unheard track from their website, entitled Son C”, having premiered it to their fans first over the weekend.
Scott (lead singer/songwriter) explains a bit about the song:
“As is often the case, death rears its head. Most days, I think briefly about the way in which I may die, and what will be left behind aside from a collection of fat, muscle, bones and apparently a fair bit of carbon and water. Death is really what defines life – without it the whole endeavour would feel a bit mundane and pointless. Procrastination would be extended to years, even decades – what would be the point of doing anything if you knew you would live forever? So death is what keeps me going, even more so than effervescent tablets…”

A full list of Frightened Rabbit’s forthcoming UK shows:
AUGUST
15 – Leicester, Summer Sundae
21 – Chelmsford, V Festival
22 – Stafford, V Festival

NOVEMBER
20 – Bristol, Anson Rooms
21 – Manchester, Academy 2
22 – Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
24 – Stoke, Sugarmill
25 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
26 – Exeter, Phoenix Theatre
27 – Brighton, Komedia
29 – Leeds, Cockpit
30 – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

DECEMBER
01 – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
03 – Glasgow, Barrowlands [SOLD OUT]
06 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
08 – Belfast, Empire
09 – Dublin, Academy 

The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to The Invisible

At the end of 2006, Dave Okumu (Jade Fox, Matthew Herbert) had intended to work on his own solo material. So, he called up good friends Tom Herbert (Jade Fox, Polar Bear) and Leo Taylor (Gramme, Zongamin, Matthew Herbert) and they set about writing material. Soon enough they liked the material they were producing so much that they decided to work as a unit. Unintentionally The Invisible had been born. Four years later the force is unbreakable and the touring consistent. Currently Stateside, The Invisible return to the UK in August to play Summer Sundae.

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

Discovering new music and seeing our friends play.

What can we expect from your show?

We’re currently on tour in the US and Tom is threatening to use the time on the long drives to learn some magic tricks, so we might incorporate them depending on how successful they are. Leo’s pretty good at juggling and fire-breathing, so we might showcase his skills too. I feel that in the past we’ve focused far too much on music to the detriment of our careers, so I’m pushing for leather catsuits in an attempt to redress the style/substance imbalance. We may raid Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

I’m afraid I don’t know who’s on the Summer Sundae line up but the artist I’m most looking forward to seeing live this summer is Connan Mockasin. His latest album has changed my life.

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

In The Woods 2009 in its entirety. It’s the best festival on the planet.

The festival turns ten this year – how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

We were living in Vienna when I was ten. I’m the youngest of eight. There would’ve been a lot of hugging and a lot of cake. Not hugely dissimilar from most days in our household. I recommend the same for your 10th anniversary.

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