DOMINIC MAKER AND KAI CAMPOS ARE BRITISH ELECTRONIC MUSIC DUO MOUNT KIMBIE. WE MET THEM UNDER THE SKY OF AT CHARMING MANIACE CASTLE DURING ORTIGIA SOUND SYSTEM THAT TOOK PLACE IN SICILY THE LAST WEEK OF JULY AND HAD A CHAT ABOUT THEIR FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM, COLLABORATIONS AND LONDON MUSIC SCENE.
Ciao Kai and Dom, the first question is about ‘Love What Survives’ that will be out on Sept. 8th: did this third album changed you as a band and how?
Kai: In a way yes. We have been on stage a lot in the last years and it definetely changed we wanted to work in the studio and we never wanted to make a record that was just about being a band because, i think, when we started we were not thinking about playing songs live and that gives you a certain freedom. So we want to keep some aspects of that but there’s also a nice way when you play really well together, it’s something special that we want to bring into the record; so it’s really a sort of meeting point between a studio record and band.
Yes, also because you have important collaboration inside this album like featuring by Micachu, King Krule and James Blake: how did the artists helped you to push your music in new directions?
Kai: Yes, they are all people that we know as friends. With the new materials we were writing a sort of more simple straight forward songs and there was the space to introduce those collaborations. These artists all so different and they’re all more than a vocalist to us. Archy (Marshall aka King Krule), James (Blake), Mica (Levi) they all have a great energy. We’ve been working really with a lot of friends on this album and we are extremely happy with that.
You have in particular a very close friendship with James Blake: which has been his additional value in the album?
Dom: Well, he has got a great voice. We have been following what he has been doing since long time an we have always beedn inspired by the way he works. And the thing is that he has not been listening to our works for few years and when Kai and I went to his house to do a radio interview with him we played there some demos of the new album and he got very excited. I think we pushed him into a different area. He actually keep saying to me ‘I really want to sing on stuff like this that are fast’. So it definetely worked well our combination of styles.
Do you someone else in mind that you would lie to involve in the near future?
Dom: More of any of those four people will be great even if we keep saying with Kai that the intention is never just to have a kind of feature so if the right person somehow get into the process it doesn’t matter who they are to us.
Listen, how did the London music scene change?
Kai: Yes. We were talking last night about when we moved to London in 2008 and what was going on there at the time, about the dubstep scene in town. Perhaps it was like the last time that something was so geographically based in one place and i really feel London now is different, maybe also because we are older and not kids anymore, but is like a global place for sharing music and influences. It’s nice in a way but on the other side i think that something has been lost as well.
And what do you think about the Italian one?
Kai: Wow… you tell us maybe (laughs)! We don’t hear much about but looks like there’s a growing festival scene. And all the places we have been invited to are just stunning like this one and we try to make sure to stay a couple of days after the gig to enjoy the sights. And all the festivals we did, especially in Southern Italy, have always been so nicely done and people are so friendly and welcoming.
Special thanks to Germano Centorbi for OSS and Nina Selvini from Astarte Agency.
Photos by Fabrizio Consoli.