Published on August 20th, 2012 | by seenheard0
Katchafire, one of the hardest working and most respected collectives to come out of New Zealand, have evolved into a formidable force on the international music scene.
Off the back of the release of their platinum selling, fourth studio album On The Road Again, a nonstop 2012 has seen the legendary Aotearoa roots rockers smash a mammoth 25 date headline tour of the USA and Hawaii selling out iconic venues such as House Of Blues and The Mezzanine, a headline tour of Brazil (with a documentary in the making) while over in the UK the band have been nominated for Best International Band at the British Reggae Music Awards.
We caught up for a quick chat before they land in Australia late August for a month long national tour.
S&H: How did you make the move from a Marley cover band, to a group in your own right?
KF: We entered and won a talent search put on by ‘Dawn Raid entertainment’ in around 2000, the prize was $5k worth of recording time in there studios and in 2 days we recorded mixed and mastered the 2 songs “Giddyup and Bounce” Not long after we signed a record deal, our first ever release was the song ‘Giddyup’ in 2001 and that was the biggest selling single in New Zealand that year!
S&H: For someone who hadn’t heard your Music, how would you classify it?
KF: Aotearoa Roots Reggae
S&H: If you could play any gig, anywhere in the world, with any artist dead or living, who would it be with and where?
KF: Wow would have loved to play with Bob Marley in Jamaica in the late 70s
S&H: Do you prefer live gigs or recording?
KF: Recording is really doing for me at the moment, have just got my little studio set up at home and looking forward to being more ‘hands on’ with the entire process
S&H: When it comes to writing a song, how do you manage to incorporate 8 different sounds and instruments?
KF: Because of our Musical understanding of Reggae there isn’t much to manage, we know each others musical abilities and limits, and the rule of thumb is the song writer always has the final say.
S&H: Is the writing a collaborative effort, or does one person do all of it?
KF: Both, myself and my younger brother on Drums collaborate really well together, usually one person brings the idea to the forum and that person is the ‘Boss’.
S&H: Favourite performance so far?
KF: Wow… I would have to say getting to headline for the band Steel Pules in brazil 2012,we didn’t get on stage until 3am in the morning, and the crowd of approx 8000 were just warming up… brazil parties hard!
S&H: Who are you listening to right now?
KF: Just had a look through my ipod – Allen stone, new NAS album, and I’ve been digging me some little river band lately, now there are some talented Aussies!
S&H: My Mum says you can’t start a car without Petrol and you can’t start the day without breakfast, so what did you have for Breakfast?
KF: lol Marmite toast and Nutragrain.
They play The Astor Theatre -Friday 14th September with special guests Jah Moko.
Tickets $40+bf from www.katchafire.co.nz or $50+bf at door
Doors open 7:30pm
Check out Katchfaire’s new clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH3TiUbeas0