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Interview with Kinky

 

From the Funky Mofo archives: After stumbling across their first eponymous album, we got hold of their recent one “Atlas” and liked it so much we tracked them down all the way to Mexico to find out a little bit more about this fresh and funky five-piece band!

We talked to Gil Cerezo, Kinky’s singer and it went a little something like this…

Funky Mofo : Since we don’t know much about Kinky in the UK and Europe, can you introduce yourselves?

Gil : The band was formed four years ago in Monterey, Mexico, we all met each other whilst playing in different bands in the eclectic underground scene of the city. Carlos the guitarist and I used to play in a soft rock band, Ulises, our keyboard player was doing some experimental programming and invited us. Then we rescued Cesar, the bass player, from another band that mixes regional Cumbia stuff with different rhythms, and finally Omar the percussionist arrived to the band to give it a Latin and jazzy flavour. We didn’t expect to take this as a serious project, we only wanted to experiment and spend the weekends afternoons making music and eating pizza, but the Kinky project became bigger and bigger and suddenly it was our lives’ project for each of us. We started playing in small parties and art expositions, where we started to have a lot of exposure and the shows just became bigger and bigger.

FM : How would you describe the progress of KINKY? How has it affected you? Your compositions include both Spanish and English languages, due to the obvious fact that Mexico shares a border with the United States of America. Where do you situate yourself musically?

G : We situate the music and our identity in the air, always changing from one place to an other. It has been three years of non-stop travelling, of non-stop talking in English or Spanish or trying to know new languages, it’s been three years of playing our music all over the world, so that’s why our real identity is everywhere. Also the progress of the band is always changing directions, everyone in the band has different tastes in music, so one of us goes for Rock when the other one goes for Brazilian or Electro. We started as a very electronic project, and after being out travelling and playing so much, we started loving the organic sound, that’s why, little by little, we change our sound to a more organic and live sound.

FM : In 2002 you toured the U.S. and the world with the likes of Cake, Flaming Lips and Shakira. What were the benefits of each tour? Did you find that provided you with more exposure?

G : For us it’s always great to play live, even for a Latin crowd, for a pop crowd like Shakira’s or for an alternative one like the Flaming Lips bring to us. We specially like the alternative crowd, because they are more into the music and we enjoy playing in those huge festivals like Coachella (in Spain) where bands like Radiohead or Air are the headliners. But definitely every crowd and every opportunity of exposure means a great window to showcase our music.

FM : For those of us who don’t understand Spanish, could you enlighten us on the contents of these lyrics? Are there some matters you find easier to communicate in one language rather than the other?

G : Well, the lyrics are based on little details, ideas that suddenly you see in the airport or by turning your head sideways a little, we obviously talk of love and party in a very poetic way, I personally love Latin literature, that has been a huge inspiration for my writing. I love to do short stories about magic realism stuff.

It’s been interesting for me the way that the lyrics came along because I’m always very open about the things that happen around. Travelling and receiving information in other languages give me a whole new perspective about the things that I can do with the lyrics and the music. So, for some ideas it’s better to write in English and for others in Spanish and for some others just to sing with no words at all.

FM : What music do you enjoy listening to? Are you influenced by anyone in particular?

G : We are melomaniacs (Gil probably means music lovers, but as we communicated via email only, it was difficult to ask for some precision. My mother tongue being from Latin origin, this would make sense to me, the French word for music lovers being “mélomane”. ndr) , we enjoy all kinds of music and we buy huge amounts of music every week.

FM : “Atlas” has recently been released in Europe, what sort of feelings are you holding for this next step in the career of Kinky?

G : Europe has always been a very special place for us, the architecture, the Art, especially the painting, and all the music that comes out from there. So we are really proud and happy to have a record out in Europe.

FM : You seem to enjoy collaborating with other artists (such as Itaal Shur), who else would you like to work with?

G : We are open to work with everyone, and I really mean it, because we know that music is always pushed forward when an external head comes to the game. And we enjoy bizarre collaborations like Lupe Esparza, a Mexican Numbia singer that we already work with..

FM : How or why did you choose “Kinky” as a name for your band?

G : By accident, as everything in our career.

FM : Finally, when can we expect you to come entertain the European crowds?

G : This summer. We are going to spend June and July in European festivals and clubs.

C.B Lux & Jo Whitby

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