Levitation Magazine are delighted to bring you an interview with Kat Day from The KVB, started as a solo project by Nicholas Wood in 2010, this duo continue to throw sonic goodness our way via their darkwave, industrial, motorik-driven shoegaze all written with precision, whilst their live shows never disappoint (we can vouch for that having seen them several times). So here goes...
Where are you based and is that where you originate from? I grew up in Harrogate, North Yorkshire but went to art school in South London and lived there for 5 years, then we moved to Berlin for another 5 years. Now we are currently looking to move to Manchester.
How did you two get together and when did it all start? Nick and I met at a squat venue in Leeds and became inseparable since! Initially I was only involved visually, but when Nick needed a synth player for his debut European tour, I naturally offered myself as I had played piano, violin etc when I was younger. Since then I have become involved in the song writing and we have just released our 6th album ‘Only Now Forever’.
Do you have a favourite track on the new album? Thats a hard choice! I always loved Afterglow from when we first wrote it, but its hard to say a favourite... Above Us is always fun to play live though.
What is your song-writing process? It varies, but can come from a melody or beat, and then built up and stripped back again. Atmosphere is very important to us.
What are your musical influences? The bodily affect of sound. I’m really interested in textures and how they immerse you, both visually and sonically. Band-wise it varies from Fad Gadget, Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire to contemporary artists such as Gabe Gurnsey, Death In Vegas and Nicolas Jaar.
Do you prefer playing live or recording in the studio The feeling you get playing live is hard to beat, but working in the studio with sound or with visual art is perhaps the most creatively rewarding.
As a duo do you ever have session musicians join you on stage?
No, never. I think the dynamic we have now is perfect.
Where would you most like to play if you could play anywhere in the world? We are so lucky to have already performed in so many great places including Australia, Mexico, China and South Africa. Japan has always been a place I have wanted to experience, but we are going there in July so I will be able to tick that off the list soon!
What are your future plans? We have our rescheduled USA/Canada tour in autumn, and before that tours/festivals in Asia and Europe. In between shows we are writing our 7th album, making new artworks and moving to Manchester.
Are there any bands you would recommend Levitation Magazine check out? Die Wilde Jagd, Vox Low, M!R!M and Autumns.
Photo Credit to George Katsanakis.