OK, so for those who don’t know you or what you’re about, what would you describe your music as?
Dark, dense and seductive electropop. I go for a sensual sound with whispered vocals, deep bass synths, echoing drums and a flirty, insistent beat. In a review I was described as “the missing link between Goldfrapp and M83”, which is a comparison I don’t mind at all.
What made you want to become a singer/ songwriter?
I’ve been in various different groups before, but a couple of years ago I started writing and producing a few tracks in a new electro direction – not with any purpose in mind. I just felt the need to get out what I was feeling at the time.Things snowballed from there and the new tracks were getting a great reaction, so I officially launched as Kubalove. I write and record all of the music, but I have some amazing musicians who perform with me – and I love the extra energy and buzz they add to live performances.
So what inspires your music?
Probably the same thing that inspires a huge amount of music – relationships, love, lust…wanting what you can’t have. I often try to access a darker side to emotion – a raw sensuality and aggression, something that’s bubbling under the surface and that you wouldn’t usually let people see.
How do you actually come up with the riffs? Is it hit and miss or what best fits the lyrics?
I started out as a bass player, so I usually play around with a bassline and drumbeat until I find something that moves me. After that, I play around with a whole range of melodies until something comes out that feels fresh somehow. That part often takes the longest.. Then the lyrics usually come last, and pretty easily. Some songs were written pretty late at night, and I don’t really remember the process. But when I listened back in the morning I was pretty surprised with the results. Sometimes I think it was the song writing fairies that actually wrote it…
How do you create the exciting electro beats?
With my best buddy Ableton, and a lovely selection of beats and samples that I’ve gathered. I layer my drum tracks a huge amount, so what you’ll hear is often a combination of about 20 different types of drums layered over each other…It can drive any producers I work with a bit crazy. I just play around until I have a beat that I know I’d dance to myself if it came on in a club. But then I will dance to pretty much anything.
You recently played at London Ethnic’s London Fashion Week show. What was it like to be a part of London Fashion Week?
It was great. I’ve often felt that my tracks would be suited to the catwalk and the fashion world, and so I was really happy when London Ethnic asked me to perform. The party at Press, Piccadilly, was great. It was something new for us. Playing with these models strutting their stuff in front of us. I loved the outfits. They work with some really great designers.
Do you support London Ethnic’s values of everything being ethical? Is this something you’d love to see more of?
Of course. There’s a lot of unethical clothing production that goes on in the world, and people are so obsessed with consuming fashion that they tell themselves it’s OK to turn a blind eye because everybody is doing it. I’m guilty of the same thing myself, and it’s not easy to change buying habits, but I think it’s really important for people like London Ethnic to take a stand and help to gradually change public opinion of what’s acceptable.
So what do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Over the next few months I’m going to be releasing two further singles called Trouble and This Foolish Love, and later on I’ll be releasing a complete album and touring. It’s all very exciting.
What are you hoping to achieve?
I’d like to get as many people around the world listening to my music as possible and to play some of the biggest festivals around. Oh, and also, playing on Jools Holland would be cool. I recently signed a deal with Metropolis Music Publishing, connected to the legendary Metropolis Studios where artists like the Queen, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse have recorded. I already had my tracks featured on an ad campaign for tech brand Hewlett Packard, and now Metropolis are pushing my tracks for more features on films and TV. Next I’d like to sign with management and a label. I’m ambitious about finding ways to get my music heard on a big scale, in whatever way possible.
Do you have many gigs planned for this year? How would people go about seeing you live?
I have a few dates planned which are yet to be announced. The best way to hear about gigs is to keep an eye on my Facebook page – there will be some exciting things coming up there soon.