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Nactus Kunan

Sounds likePrimal Scream, George Michael, Tame Impala
LocationNottingham

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Tell us a bit about yourself? Formed in 2017, we are an alternative pop band from Nottingham. Drawing from a diverse range of influences including Dr Dre, Sade, George Michael and New Order, we combine heavy synths, slick guitars and 808 beats to create our own unique sound.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? We tend to feel that there's not much left a band of four lads with guitars can achieve, so have really shaken things up by throwing some keys into the mix. Playing with programmed beats instead of a drummer and writing on digitally with Midi keyboards has really opened up new avenues of songwriting for us and makes it so much easier to bring our diverse influences together, especially when implementing things like hip hop beats or orchestral synth flavours.

What’s your back-story? It all started when me and Jack were sat around listening to Keith Sweat records and saying how we wanted to form a band that essentially made sexy music instead of loud macho indie that you can't really groove to. We started out writing these R&B-style songs, though as we've grown as a band and played more shows, we've been concentrating on writing more upbeat songs. It can get a bit dirge-like when playing seven sad slow groovers in a row, so we've been taking cues from trap beats and 90s dance tunes to liven up the set.

What are you working on at the moment? We've just released our World Cup anthem (of sorts) called Exit at the Group Stage, a song about long nights, early kickoffs, leaving too soon and staying too late - we'll be playing some shows over the summer to support that, finally getting out of Nottingham and playing different cities around the country. We've just been up to St Helens to record our next single, which should be coming out in the autumn.

What's the first song you remember hearing? Probably Moondance by Van Morrison or Goin' up the Country by Canned Heat. My dad had a 60s compilation cassette that we used to play all the time in our campervan on family holidays, like a big bunch of hippies.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? The one and only time I have done karaoke was in a really rough pub at about 1am on Christmas Eve. I sang Angels by Robbie Williams, and thought I was going to get glassed, but actually everyone loved it and the whole pub was singing along.

What was the first gig you went to? I went to see the Manic Street Preachers with my Dad, mainly because Razorlight were supporting and I was a massive fan. Jack's first gig was Destiny's Child which is quite a lot cooler.

Which song do you wish you'd written? Naturally, Angels by Robbie Williams. Or Careless Whisper by George Michael. Or Silly Love Songs by Wings. That bassline should be illegal

Which song changed your life? Probably the Golden Slumbers medley at the end of Abbey Road, the arrangement in particular absolutely blew my head off. It was the first time I realised the Beatles were so much more than a pop band, which obviously opened many musical doors inside my teenage brain.

Which song would you like played at your funeral? If I wanted to be super depressing I would get them to play Birds, off Neil Young's seminal record After the Goldrush, the saddest song ever written. But I think it would be nice for people to have a bit of fun, so maybe something like This Must Be the Place by Talking Heads so people can groove about in their pews. Definitely the Twin Peaks theme tune as the coffin goes into the cremator though. Pure drama.

What song is stuck in your head right now?Due to a severe case of World Cup Fever, I've had New Order - World in Motion stuck in my head for the past week now. Big fan of the new Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and Matt Maltese records at the moment as well - as disparate as they are.

What was the first Album you bought? Quite embarrassingly I think it was Maroon 5's first album. Jack's was Born to Do It by Craig David, again much cooler and On Brand than mine.

Which song made you want to play music? Rock 'n' Roll Star by Oasis. Pretty cliché but you just can't argue with it

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Date Friday 22 June 2018 at 18:00
Address Rough Trade Nottingham, Broad Street, Nottingham, UK, NG1 3AJ
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