Tinderbox Fest

January 9, 2013 in Ka-tet

Well, the end of last year was incredibly exciting for us with plenty of gigs around town, culminating in the Snarky Puppy support gig which was phenomenal. We went down a treat and had a massive night of partying with the puppies afterwards. I hear they’re back over soon and Edinburgh is looking forward to it.

October, November and December saw more progress in the recording of our new EPs. The plan is to release three EPs in 2013 each with a single/title track which will be recorded separately at the Depot Studios with ‘The¬†Mashtermind’, Garry Boyle, in February. The rest of the tracks are in production out of our bassist extraordinaire, Dougie Coulter’s studio in Falkirk. I foresee two completely different production styles to these EPs. At Falkirk we’re being quite experimental in style, mix and arrangement and, to be honest, having loads of fun. At the present, all the beds and horns are just about done and the thing sounds huge. Can’t wait to get into the mixing. As for the Depot singles, we’ll be creating something akin to the Mashup tune with Donna Maciocia. Something bigger still than we’ve ever sounded. Something accessible and worthy of radioplay. Thats not to say they’ll be straight up funk tunes. Far from it. Its safe to say that I’ve saved the most complex, substantial, hard-hitting and monstrous tunes for the A-sides. Watch this space for updates and footage folks.

On the 15th of December it was our pleasure to perform at the first ever Tinderbox Fest. The all day festival at Summerhall, hosted by the Tinderbox Orchestra, was a great day out. We played a short set to featuring a few of the young Tinderboxers. Following this, we welcomed 12 more orchestra members to the stage to take part in the first ever ‘Suggesture Workshop’. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, ever since folks at gigs were commenting on how much they enjoy the ‘Directing/Conducting’ of the band. Slowly but surely, a sign language has evolved with its own vocabulary, grammar and dialect. Many of the young Tinderboxers had seen it used before at gigs so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to try out a conducted funk improvisation with 20-piece full band and orchestra. I can’t remember exactly what happened, suffice to say that it was one of the most euphoric and creative moments of my life. The young players of the orchestra really showed their chops and kept pace, step by step, with the Ka-tet. If i had my way, this would have been the permanent line-up of the band. We had a blast! Thanks to everyone invovled and we look forward to the next chapter. We should have footage of the workshop soon, but in the meantime, here’s a tune we did with a few of the youth players.