Kero Kero Bonito #issue10

Photo and interview: Zazi White

Last spring Kero Kero Bonito, one of my fav bands, announced that they were coming to Madrid, and, as the fan I am, I bought the ticket when it was launched. What I didn’t imagine at that moment was that I would spend the hangover after that concert (that was a tropical party full of glitter, plushies and beats) taking a walk with Sarah, Gus and Jamie, discovering that they are as nice as I had imagined. Besides to photographing them I also asked them some questions.

You were friends before starting the band? How Kero Kero Bonito starts?
Gus and Jamie were friends since school. They wanted to work with a singer, so they posted an advert online. Sarah replied and the moment we met Kero Kero Bonito came into being.

“Kero kero” is the Japanese onomatopoeia used to represent the sound of the frog, but “bonito”? It’s in Spanish. Why that name?
It means different things in different languages. Bonito is a type of fish too. It’s hard to tell where it’s from, right?

Think of your imaginary. What three concepts do you think that describe KKB?
International party revolution.

What are your main influences? What music do you love?
Our main influences are school, soundsystems and the SPC700. We love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Ata Kak and Young M.A.

How do you create your songs? I imagine your rehearsals like super fun, because you are so nice!
Sarah raps while Gus and Jamie make beats. We get song ideas together. Our rehearsals are actually intensely rigorous music training sessions no fun allowed 😉

You had tours almost everywhere! How are your concerts? Where would you say that people comes crazier in your gigs? I’ve seen some “sold out” in your concerts!
Our concerts are great. New York, Hamburg and Katowice have witnessed crazy people. We have a special place in our hearts for the Madrid crowds though!

One of the things that makes you more special is Sarah, who’s half-English half-Japanese so she combines both languages in your songs and that is really original. How are you seen in Japan? How was your mini tour there?
Our Japanese fans are great. Playing in Tokyo on Halloween was one of the best shows of our lives.

We know that you have some relationships with PC Music collective. Tell us about this.
We go to each others’ birthday parties.

Sarah besides being a singer also paints, she’s an artist. Is it somehow related her facet as painter with KKB?
Sarah made all the art for Intro Bonito and the canvas also on the wall in the “Lipslap” video. She describes KKB as the music form of her art.

What is your favourite thing in the world?

KKB just released a new album with Double Denim, their label of trust. Bonito Generation (that’s what it’s called) is a depurated album in all aspects: Sarah’s voice is (even) better and the guys are on fire. Some songs were on Youtube and Soundcloud already, like Picture This, Lipslap o Break.
This album ows a lot to hip hop and pop music from the early 2000’s, it’s easy to imagine a girlband from the very late 90’s performing this tunes. It also sounds like early century j-pop, Yasukata Nakata style, like a fusion between his Shibuya Kei and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu eras. It’s a record to dance, smile and being in a good mood.