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City Conga

Sounds likeFor fans of: Slaves, Gorillaz, The Clash, King Krule and everything in between.
LocationBristol

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Tell us a bit about yourself? Dan and James formed City Conga after meeting at arts university in London. Initially they began working together on installation design projects and soundscapes to accompany them. With interests for the darker undertones of popular music, they turned their attention to more linear songwriting and started to forge their sonic identity. Their influences range from The Gorillaz and The Streets to The Clash and Slaves.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? The pair pride themselves on never saying no. With a cocktail of musical influences and a continually developing writing style, City Conga's continuity can be hard to find, although infectiously exciting.

What’s your back-story? Studying on a degree which took a dissecting look into popular culture and with lecturers painting a bleak picture of the future. City Conga were armed with emotive material for their first EP 'For Our Friends'. Initially sharing a small flat in a crowded apartment block on the outskirts of London, City Conga had to develop their sound through headphones and Sunday-market bought synthesisers.

What are you working on at the moment? The pair currently reside in Bristol, having moved from London to concentrate on writing for their second EP. A number of shows are in the works for around the new year, in both Bristol and London. The duo have also begun their creative plans for developing their live stage set-up. Taking inspiration from Es Devlin and Virgil Abloh.

What's the first song you remember hearing? Subterranean Homesick Blues and Fat Lip.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Unknown Legend by Neil Young, a verse each.

What was the first gig you went to? Christina Aguilera and Spice Girls, we were young and have sisters.

Which song do you wish you'd written? Kids With Guns.

Which song changed your life? Wreckin Bar Ra Ra Ra and Gimme The Loot.

Which song would you like played at your funeral? And It Stoned Me by Van Morrison.

What song is stuck in your head right now? Paper Trails by Darkside.

What was the first Album you bought? Gorillaz by The Gorillaz.

Which song made you want to play music? I Fought The Law by The Clash.

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