Kudu Blue is a 4-piece band who call Brighton home. The smoothness of their tunes coupled with an electronic energy boost is what makes them stand out.
One day while they were being chased by a herd of kudu, they climbed a big blue tree and the Kudu Blue was born.
The first time I discovered Kudu Blue was during their first gig in London at Birthdays on the 17th of November, 2016. The band gave a powerful performance and very soon “NGMF” (Not Good For Me) became one of my favourite songs that spent 10 weeks in Indie Music Chart and managed to secure 4 weeks as number one.
I had a chance to catch up with the band and ask them few questions.
Everyone has music heroes. Who inspires you?
Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, Nicolas Jaar.
How do you discover new music?
Loads of ways! It can be through friends, going to gigs, searching Soundcloud and Spotify. We’re always on the hunt for fresh tracks.
Kudu Blue has a special playlist on Spotify with the songs they are listening to:
What is your opinion on music streaming services?
Mixed emotions really in terms of cost it’s great for the consumer, not so great for the artist. The money is not so great in comparison to what it would have been with physical sales initially but over time it can build with enough plays. On the other hand, it’s been quite a helpful tool for us to gain new fans from playlist followers. We are just going with the flow. A good thing is that it has cut down on piracy considerably. And who doesn’t like having access to the entire The Beatles back catalogue for £10 a month!
When do you know the song is finished?
“Perfection is Achieved Not When There Is Nothing More to Add, But When There Is Nothing Left to Take Away”.We love this quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What was your biggest challenge so far?
Just getting the time to spend time together as friends probably, that’s what we are first and foremost, it’s important to just hang out together and it’s often difficult to find time for that as we are so focused on the music.
Looking back, what would you tell yourselves?
Stay true to the music you want to create and don’t be swayed too easily by others opinions. Be Patient. It’s a long road, and things can get tricky, But it’ll all be worth it.
Success to us is being able to create and perform the music we love to people. If we can become financially stable of the back of that then that’s nice too.KUDU BLUE
Tomorrow 4 big labels approach you. How would you choose the best one?
It’s quite a hard question to answer. Today a lot of bands are finding a lot of success outside of the traditional label route, and you do hear some stories. But at the same time, the exposure that signing to a big label gets you is important. You’d have to really scrutinise each contract and make sure what you’re signing works out for what you want as an artist.
What is your opinion about TV Talent Shows?
It’s great to see people being successful, but the bigger issue is what those shows do for the music industry as a whole. They’ve collectively lowered the attention span for a lot of listeners, and the music they produce is generally not great.
What advice could you give to someone who wants to be a musician?
Go for it! Making music is great because it can be used in so many situations.KUDU BLUE
Whether it stays a hobby or it becomes your career path, making music is one of the most rewarding things you can do in our opinion.
Kudu Blue has no plans for an album soon, as they are focused on making new music. Meanwhile, if you need your dose of Kudu Blue you can watch them live at London Camden Assembly on the 3rd of May.