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Q&A w/ J.F.K

Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!

Yep –  this is going to sound really stupid. We’re all really big fans of The Matrix movies, so in our band group chat we’re all named after characters from the trilogy. James is Mr Anderson, Antho is Mouse, Rob is Trinity, Alex is Switch and Tim is Cypher (because he’s a meanie).

 

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

I think the best thing you can do is actually just take a break and de-stress. Sometimes you get so focussed on writing ‘good’ tunes or writing ‘different’ material that you end up just overthinking everything and stressing out. I really like to just go to the gym, put on some Sufjan Stevens and lift weights without thinking about anything else.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

Probably one of our un-released ones called Roll With It (which will be coming out with our EP later in the year). It’s got such a dank whole-band groove to it and I get to be really acrobatic with my vocal lines which is always a good time. Think Blur meets The Dandy Warhols meets Jungle.

 

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Yup. At the moment we’re a band of Rickenbackers – I’m on a 620, Alex is using a 330 and Rob plays on a 4003 bass. In terms of pedals I’m running a couple solid boss ones; chorus ensemble, wazacraft vibrato and DD7 delay. On top of that I’ve got a Moog MF drive which is awesome for gnarly guitar chords + a modded Russian big muff which I stole from my mate Shaun (Girl York) which is like the chunkiest, fuzziest fuzz you could find. All of that is running through my Vox AC30 which has got the blueback speakers in it – makes it like 10kgs heaver which is the worst for load-in.

 

Without invoking genre, describe your music…

Sweaty, manic, energetic.

 

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

I’d like to think that our live performance and our song content sets us apart from other acts. We wear suits and we go crazy on stage – we like to rock out hard and get the crowd going. Being a live entity that puts on a full show is pretty fundamental to J.F.K. I also think quite a lot of acts write songs to a ‘vibe’ at the moment and don’t put as much thought into lyricism or content. I like to hope that all of our tracks are written about important and relatable things.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

All the usual places. Online streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud. If you really dig it you can cop a download or some merch at our Bandcamp, and we’ve even got some live footage + a videoclip on Youtube for ya.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 

We recently won the WA Music Industry award for the 2017/18 Rock song of the year with our track ‘A Boy and A Boy’. It’s definitely a really proud moment for us; not only to receive such a prestigious award, but also because that song in particular is so special to all of us at J.F.K – being written about James’ personal experiences with homophobia around the time of the gay marriage debate.

Beatles or Rolling Stones and why?

Definitely The Beatles. The Yellow Submarine Movie is probably one of the main reasons I’m a musician. If you haven’t seen that movie you should definitely educate yourself.

 

Do you believe in the term ‘sold out’?

To be honest, not really. I think it’s kind of funny how a lot of musicians seem to see being successful and reaching a wide audience as a bad thing. It’s probably related to inherent self-doubt about art or something like that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting your music to connect with a lot of people.

 

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

FLOSSY – sister-fronted gnarly 90s rock, write total bangers and absolutely slay live. They’ve just put out an EP which you need to listen to.

Death By Denim – total indie rock babes, think DMAs meets Sticky Fingers meets Ocean Alley.

KOPANO – Has to be one of the best voices in Australia at the moment and writes absolute pop bangers. On top of that she’s a total #queen on and off stage – definitely one to watch.

 

 

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