Birds of Tokyo Interview
Shortly before this interview I was whisked into the artists lounge for a practice run with the guys from Bootleg & Rascal. Although I ignored all advice given, because I’m a rebel like that, one question got me intrigued. Carlos from Bootleg & Rascal asks, how do you know that there are no birds in Tokyo?
Ian K: Well we don’t know that there are no birds in Tokyo, it’s something that we read a long time ago. For a number of reasons, they all just moved out.
So since you are now the Birds of Tokyo; What bird are you?
Ian B: I’m a Falcon, and by night a Seagull.
You’ve been a part of the Australian music industry for over decade now, what are some of the changes you’ve seen and where can you see the industry heading?
Ian K: There have been so many changes over the years, notably in the way music has been distributed. So I think streaming now is the way moving forward, and the market is flooded with so many great Australian artists that we now have access to online.
What makes a great festival for you, as artists, to be a part of?
Ian K: I think what makes a good festival is the set-up, apart from the artists that are at a festival. Cool things like rum bars, zip lines and conga lines that you don’t see at other festivals. It’s the way that they curate it to make it a day, night or weekend event.
Ian B: And then get the fundamentals right, like toilet access and bar access. If you can’t get people drunk and they can’t empty themselves, it’s a tough festival. We’re driving in, just this evening, and there are lines of people up against the fence just basically taking a..
Ian K: Emptying themselves, and we saw some reverse emptying. Up against the fence. It’s a wired fence, so you could see everything.
Tell me about one of the first major performances as Birds of Tokyo.
Ian B: Well I joined the band 6 years ago, and they were already pretty big. It was down in Tasmania called MS Festival. And it was my first show with the band, and I hadn’t played to more than 400-500 people before, and I think there was 15,000 people. And it was really exciting at the time. I think the guys were seeing if I could step up to the challenge.
What artists have you seen live and have inspired you?
Ian B: Just saw Meg Mac the other night and she was showcasing some of her new stuff and I just wanted to get home and write a lot after that, she was really inspiring. Vera Blue was just on then and she was amazing.
Ian K: She was incredible. That was the first time we’d ever seen her do her thing. WOW.
If you could stream/perform from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ian K: Paris. In or around the Eiffel Tower.
Ian B: Fuji Rock Festival.