Protagonist of Elita Design Week Festival on Thursday night, we met UK duo The KVB for a quick chat before their gig in Milan. With minimalist electronic production to create their delicate and ephemeral sound, the band was formed in 2010 by Nicholas Wood and Kat Day
The KVB got started with a number of limited cassette and vinyl releases before their first full-length, Always Then, arrived in 2012. Two more albums, Immaterial Visions and Minus One, arrived the following year, Minus One being a proper release of material that had surfaced before in the form of digital downloads and extremely limited cassettes.
WHO IS THE KVB
My name is Nick.
And i am Kat.
We are THE KVB and we are currently based in Berlin; we used to live in London but started not long ago this adventure in Germany. We really like Berlin, we have lots of friends there with so many artists from all over the world.
The band started in 2010 as a solo project and then in 2012 we became a duo. We met at a concert in Leeds years ago.
WHAT ARE YOU PRESENTING AT DESIGN WEEK FESTIVAL
Tonight we will be playing a mixture of all our materials from 2010 to this year with the most recent release coming out in june that is more experimental and instrumental. We will have lots of light visuals as well to enrich the performance.
YOUR MUSIC IN 5 WORDS
Immersive. Hipnotic. Cinematic. We think that 3 describe us perfectly.
IF WE SAY HOLIDAY YOU SAY…?
Nick: … Sun?
Kat: Mexico! We have lots of fans in the country and we would love to tour one day there, the music scene is impressive.
AN EPIC ALBUM THAT INSPIRED YOUR MUSIC STYLE
Nick: Forever Changes by Love. It’s the very first album that really got me into music.
Kat: I have one in mind but can’t remember right now, sorry, my mind is blind at the moment.
BEING BRITISH: strengths and weaknesses
Kat: Well, it seems that there’s always a big expectations about British bands.
Nick: yes, i guess there’s a history of music band in our country that make you feel like this. There are so many bands, for example in London there are more then 50 shows every night. Can you imagine? It’s for sure a peculiarity growing from the sixties.
Photos by Fabrizio Consoli for RedMilk