The Kaje Sessions: The Ex Senators

The Kaje Sessions presents The Ex Senators. Having been blown away by The Ex Senators  latest single “Start A Fight”, The Kaje could not resist hooking up with D-Mac and Van when they hit London for a brief visit. With a promise that they will return later in the year for a full-blown UK Tour, we jumped at the offer to record an exclusive performance of album track “Angel”, a number which immediately highlights the group’s versatility. With the album set to hit in August, we hope you enjoy this spine tingling rendition…

Where did you record The Kaje Session? 

At St James Square in London. 

What made you choose to use this location?

We needed a quiet space in London and St James presented itself quite nicely at the time. 

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?  

Too many to count. But most recently we played an acoustic set at a club while the Semi final with Spain in the Euro’s ran long And we had to start the set while the giant screen was on above us.  So in mid song the whole crowd yells Oi!  Or a big “aaaaah”.  And you kind of look over your head to see who scored.   

What made you choose song title for the session?

Since The Kaje so kindly featured our first single “Start A Fight” last month we thought it best to play the next single “Angel” which kicks off the album.  Incidentally the album kicks off August 7 at online retailers everywhere (shameless plug there!). 

http://www.theexsenators.com

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The Kaje Sessions: Helena Jesele

The Kaje Sessions presents Helena Jesele. Manchester born, Dublin raised singer/songwriter Helena Jesele towers above her contemporaries in many respects. Physically clocking in at 6ft, Jesele is a distinct presence physically, but her height is far from the focal point when watching the charismatic chanteuse perform her delicious ditties. Having blown The Kaje away with her stomping single “Let The Games Begin”, we are honoured to have The Kaje Sessions play host to this tasty rendition of “Sun Is Rising”.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

It was recorded at a friend’s flat in central London.

What made you choose to use this location?

It’s a very light, airy and relaxed space with lovely big windows, so it felt like the right fit for the song.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I did a gig at the top of The Gherkin once. It was amazing, but didn’t do my fear of heights any favors…

What made you choose “Sun Is Rising” for the session?

Well, “Sun Is Rising” is quite an uplifting, summery track, so as it’s been raining in London nonstop for the last couple of weeks, I thought it’s be nice to give The Kaje a little sunshine!

http://www.helenajesele.com

The Kaje Sessions: Jessica Clemmons

The Kaje Sessions presents Jessica Clemmons. Houston’s Jessica Clemmons has adopted the UK as her second home.Having spent time recording her debut album “Permanent” on these shores, Clemmons built her fanbase with support slots for both The Soldiers and The Stylistics. Currently back at home in Houston, Clemmons is set to unleash her sophomore album this summer and here at The Kaje we cannot wait! To tantalise and tease, Clemmons has kindly recorded this fab session for us…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

I recorded this in my brother’s house in Houston, TX.

What made you choose this location?

My family is very important to me so I like to include them when I can. My brother was also kind enough to accompany me on the guitar. Plus the acoustics are fantastic!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I did a club tour a couple of years ago and was performing at one at about 2am. I get on stage ready to rock the house then I notice two very tall (at least near 7  feet tall in heels) drag queens to either side of me performing as my dancers. Needless to say, I’ll never forget that gig!

What made you choose “Beautiful” for the session?

This song is my first single from my new album “Loving This Day” and it’s very close to my heart. In a day where women judge themselves based on what magazines and television tell us to look like, I feel it’s important to convey a positive message. Especially to the younger generation.

The Kaje Sessions: Bleech

Sister fronted London trio Bleech have just released their stonking debut album “Nude”. Full of a punk/new wave attitude and nineties indie kid demeanour, Bleech mean business. With their single “Mondays” having already found its way onto the “Waterloo Road” soundtrack, it is clear that Bleech have mainstream appeal to bolster their driven sound. The Kaje Sessions feel privileged to have hooked up with Bleech for this sensational session.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

The song was recorded live at Koko in Camden

What made you choose to use this location?

We chose this location as its an amazing venue to play. Its a club NME night so it is always rammed. We had a lot of friends and fans who came down and knew all the words and sang along which made it even more fun!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

We played a tatoo convention in the south of France recently which was a bit mad as there was just rooms full of people getting tatooed, then a room for

bands, so you could go get a tattoo then watch a gig!

What made you choose “Break My Nose” for the session?

The song is off our debut album “Nude”. Its a pretty short to the point song and we think it rocks!

The Kaje Sessions: The Kill Van Kulls

The Kaje Sessions presents The Kill Van Kulls. Having been so impressed by their latest single “Impossible Man”, here at The Kaje we could not resist asking Manchester’s very own musical lovechild of The Editors and The Killers to record us a The Kaje Session. Thankfully the lovely electro indie popstars agreed immediately and this here is the result, an amazing recording of “Shame And Pride” especially for The Kaje Sessions.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

We recorded The Kaje Session is our own studio space in Stockport.

What made you choose to use this location?

We chose this location for the recording of the session because we had recently moved into the studio space.  It’s always nice to work in your own space, and this one provided an environment that was both bare and familiar enough to successfully capture the session. We usually play live shows with electronics on stage: a laptop, synths etc. So this session gives an idea of how we form songs in our own space with less of those to hand.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

Erm… I don’t think we have ever played a live date that we would call ‘unusual’. However, we supported The Airbourne Toxic Event and up until that point we had only played a handful of shows, so playing on a stage of that size was a new experience. We got a good reaction from the crowd and the opportunity to hear our songs fill a larger room.

What made you choose “Shame And Pride” for the session?

We chose “Shame And Pride” because as well as being a fairly new song for us, it is a track that features on our latest release, “Songs For Sinners EP”. Although it isn’t the lead track of the EP, we felt that it was worthy enough to have its own little slice of the action in the promotion of the EP.

(Questions answered by Chris Walton-bass/vocals)

The Kaje Sessions: Mark Hole

The Kaje Sessions presents Mark Hole. London based singer/songwriter Mark Hole has just unleashed this year’s most heart-breakingly beautiful ode to break-ups “Torture Garden” (move over Adele!), but with a stack of new material set to be unleashed over the next few months, here at The Kaje we are feeling more than a little privileged to have an exclusive home recording of “Stupid Love” especially for The Kaje Sessions.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

In the rehearsal room at my house….. My flat mate was skills behind the camera.

What made you choose to use this location?

This is where my piano lives, where it’s warm and tea and cake is available. I didn’t really choose the location. It just made sense to do it there.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

The most unusual live date I have ever played was on an airplane. A fan spotted me and requested I sang for her, so I did…. not before long I had all the passengers and crew singing along. Afterwards, I was the talk of the town, sold 7 Albums and even a got an offer to stay with an older woman for the weekend. I politely declined and simply blew her a kiss.

What made you choose “Stupid Love” for the session?

My flat mate loves this song and after holding a knife to my throat I thought I’d better sing it…. That’s why I look really scared….. This is looking to be the next single.

The Kaje Sessions: Asami

 Fronted by one time Popstars contestant Asami Koike, Asami are a Melbourne quartet who know a thing or two about piecing together a pop tune.  Having unleashed their sophomore EP “Please Stay” at the end of 2011, Asami have wasted little time in exploring new material. Having just completed a residency at The Evelyn and played the after show party for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Melbourne show, The Kaje are feeling super privileged to host an acoustic recording of their latest track “Signs Of You”.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

On a secret rooftop overlooking a helipad in Melbourne.

What made you choose to use this location?

The song has a sort of uplifting, gospel vibe going on and so we thought somewhere light and airy would suit. We also shot it at dusk to get some nice colours.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

We had this time when several shows had been booked back to back and on the last night we played to a big empty room with only the soundguy present. He was too shy and weird to watch us so he was crouching down behind the sound desk. We played a great set to the top of his head.  We also had a falling out with him just before we performed so that was … awkward.  On a brighter note, we played at an 80th Birthday once and got a really good reception, which was fun!

What made you choose “Signs of You” for the session?

“Signs of You” is one of our newbies and is probably the most mature sounding song that we have. I guess we chose to do this song for the Kaje Session because of its strength as a purely acoustic song, and plus, it’ll be on our next EP!  Thanks for featuring us!

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