What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Hello, Flavio here picking up the questions on behalf of the band.
NKOS came about by chance, luck and also a bit of faith, this is what each of the members felt and put into the project since the beginning because we all feel love and live for music and when you feel potential you can just follow the flow.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Lonely Ghost-self can be considered a Dark ballad. Actually a powerful one. It is inspired by those moments in life when we got overcome by the events that matter the most in our life, that in my opinion are the ones that involve the encounter and collision of the universes of two souls. It takes move from the emotions we live when the universes take part form each other and the emptiness they leave behind. The perspective of solitude needed, soffered and feared. The need to move on to find a new way and the pains felt in the process. The change in time perception with the indefinite extension of it. The sense of oppression determined by the memories, the sense of guilt, the various “if” in the making of the history of the collision. The music and the hard beats, the guide of the drum, the dialogue between the guitar riffs and the synths during the entire track well represents those state of mind and feelings and we think they found a very good representation also in the video that introduces the track, well made by the Italian film maker Mr Renzoff. It’s the oppressive and frenetic search for a new balance and the fear of not making it.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Personally I associate the concept of art with the ability of every art form of giving emotions. I believe the encounter of each one of us with those art forms (theatre, artworks, cinema, books) helps us develop our taste and artistic sense and our need to express it. I would mention the Venere di Milo, the work of Banksy, a scene from David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick and Sergio Leone, a piece by Mozart or by Virgin Prunes or Alicia Keys, Prince, The Pogues, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Nick Drake, NIN, Dead Can Dance, The Clash, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and Public Image Ltd. All of the above contribute to create an eclectic encounter artistic sense, with personalities and tastes very different from each other but always able to work together.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think that we partially answered with the one above. Different personalities and experiences give the band the chance to move from more trip hop oriented tracks to dark/underground/garage powerful ones, as well as ones more synth pop/dance oriented. Even if the sound can provide a direct reminder of the dark/new wave of the 90s and present a sum of different styles/genres, we think it has its own identity throughout the entire album (which will be released in early 2021). We hope we produced something in which people can find themselves both in terms of the music proposal as well as the inputs provided by the lyrics. It would be great if one of our tracks could help build an intimate and healing moment for one of our listeners.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Dead Can Dance “Wake”, Morphine “Good”, Mozart “Requiem”,
David Lynch “Mulholland drive”, Terrence Malick “The tree of life”, Stanley Kubrick “2001 Odissea nello spazio”
Garcia Marquez “Cent’anni di solitudine”, Italo Calvino “Le città invisibili”, Huxley “Brave New World/Brave New World Revisited
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Different experiences both worth living because of the different emotions and the mental state they can provide… though we don’t really play live due to the distance between us.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Not really, so far… We’re too young 😉 😉 😉
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Probably Meekness of Happy the single that will introduce the release of the album because it is the most catchy; it has a powerfully working bass line that guide the track but it is at the same time dreamy and gentle with inquisitive dark lines from the lyrics and incursion of hypnotics synths lines. It well summarises the identity of the band.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We hope we can have the chance to produce more music in the next few years. It would be good to start presenting our music around in live shows but at the moment it still seems a difficult path due to our small chances to gather and prepare a proper live show… So, for the moment, probably continuing producing our music putting together ideas from afar seems the most probable immediate future for us.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What are your plans for the coming months? When are we going to hear NKOS debut album?
We are working with Beatbuzz Records to release our debut album ‘From Dust To Life’ in early 2021. The original plan was to release it in October but then we decided to move it forward for a series of reasons. Among those, one of us, Chris Shape, is releasing his solo album around the same time so we thought it would have been best to postpone NKOS release. On top of that we feel we want to exorcise somehow this crazy 2020 by giving us something to look forward to for the start of next year. Plus we have a surprise we can’t talk about at the moment 🙂
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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