Kyoto Lo-Fi talks touring, inspirations, goals, and more.
Interview by Violet Krause, cover photo by Darkest Star Photography
I had the chance to sit down and catch up with Kyoto Lo-Fi a few hours before their performance at the Armoury in Deep Ellum and talk with them about some of their biggest inspirations, goals for the future and more.
I sit below them on a kind of three tiered bleacher outside on the patio of the venue, which is alive and buzzing. Paul, the band's bassist sits to the right of me, and beside him Gabriel (guitar), Nico (guitar and vocals), and Uno (drums) on the far left. We sit and talk about their upcoming tour, and catch up about life after their performance at the Free Underage Cool Kids Fest in Denton that took place in my backyard. The group is excited, amped up for their show and it’s evident in their faces. The group has just a little time left until they travel to cities such as New York and Nashville to kick off their own tour and the excitement is clear in their voices. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming music being released by Kyoto Lo-Fi here in the next few weeks.
How did you guys all meet?
Uno: Nico and I met around two years ago after jamming together when I had recently just left playing in another band.
Nico: Fun Fact, he actually got kicked out in the beginning, and we ended up needing him back.
Gabriel: I came in right after they formed. They had an ad out looking for somebody who specifically wasn't a shredder, and I guessed that was right up my alley. I was the third one to come in, and it wasn't until January of this year that we met him (points at Paul) when I ended up going to another show out in Arlington where all my friends were at the time.
Paul: It was love at first sight.
So tell me about your writing process.
N: We’re trying to start getting more material in where everyone puts in a bit more group creativity into it. It's becoming a better project the more everybody contributes. We try and start with a general idea and then build from there.
U: If we're all playing and someone has a riff, we usually record and save it until we get to a time when were like, ‘hey remember that one riff?’ and we play it back and try and add onto it. Sometimes we have a back catalog of riffs we haven't used just because we haven't found the right time to use them. Every time we use something old, something new always comes out of it
Where can people expect to see you play most of the time?
N: We play usually all over the metroplex; we’re all from Dallas.
G: I moved from Fort Worth to Dallas, and that's really how I came across these guys
If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
G: Like anyone?
N: Johnny Martin?
G: No, I think there's just something about not meeting your heroes, and not touching your idols because at the end of the day there's all this mythology surrounding bands, and that's the goal of all musicians... to become a type of mythological creature. I would say Willie Nelson, or maybe even Snoop Dogg.
Where do you guys get most of the inspiration for your music from?
N: I listen to a lot of down tempo, like flying lotus and electronic music.
U: Drum wise, the aggressiveness of Mitch Mitchell, but the speed of the drummer from Bloc Party. 70’s psych mostly.
G: Johnny Marr from The Smiths, Bernard Butler from Suede, and even David Gilmore. Me personally, I'm into just guitar players.
P: From a bassist perspective, just a lot of queens of the stone age, and Radiohead.
What can we look forward to from you guys in the future?
U: We’re releasing three singles, and also going to head on an East Coast tour where we’ll hit Nashville, Chicago, Tulsa, Philly, and Brooklyn. We’ll leave in the end of October.
N: Our EP ‘Black Rainbow’ is out now; it has four songs. We’re in the works of making our album, constantly recording hoping to get everything out by early next year.
How would you describe your music to fans?
U: Like The Strokes, but a few levels higher, we can be psychedelic from time to time.
N: We have a few garage rock songs in there too, along with a funk song.
Where do you want to see yourself and the band end up as musicians?
G: Playing Glastonbury would be making it for me.
N: I would want to play the PinkPop festival in Japan, I would wanna hit japan that’d be beyond cool.
U: The ultimate goal is to be able to wake up and worry about nothing besides making music