You Must Love Music: Interview with Kodaline
New British rock superstars Kodaline are touring in support of their second studio album, Coming Up For Air. Before their recent performance in Munich, It’s All Indie talked to the band’s bass player Jason Boland.
The group has been on tour for almost three weeks now, so we would like to know what kind of music do you prefer to listen to on the road?
For the past two weeks, Jack Garrett has played endlessly in our streaming mode. There was always someone who turned on the recording, and she played like this until the end of the day. Great album! We also listened to a lot of Irish bands in the spirit of All Tvvins, our friends who are opening for us.
And how do you feel about streaming (a streaming service where you pay not for individual albums or compositions, but for a subscription that gives you access to the entire volume of music – approx. Ed.)? Is it a blessing or a curse?
I think that it is no different from other social media platforms – this is just another place where people can find our music. So we see in this only something good. Maybe we sell less records than we could, but we get more people who come to our concerts.
Have social media been a driving force in your career?
We never had a hit in the traditional sense. But fans always had the opportunity to contact us and share our music with others, and this has a much more powerful impact than any hit. Without social media, we would never have the kind of fan base that we have now. We grew naturally.
Then it’s time to ask a question from a fan: what keeps you motivated to create new music?
Even before we created the band, I thought about quitting music. And I think that such thoughts visit everyone. But we just bow our heads and continue to do what we love: to create music! But if you try to do this business only out of a thirst for glory, nothing will come of it. You have to love music.
Does it make you sad that you have traveled to so many different countries, but have not had the opportunity to truly see them?
During this tour, we really make conscious attempts to get out for a while and truly explore the places we visit. We always have electronic scooters with us, so we usually try to leave the venue for at least 30 minutes. Neil, our technician, made a small jump on a scooter and eventually crashed it, which was extremely funny. He is the main comedian of our tour. Everyone who reads it on Instagram (@ neale001) can see for themselves how funny it is.
And which countries are still on your list of goals? What other places do you dream of visiting?
Well, very soon we will visit Russia, and, in fact, we never dreamed of going to this country, it was not in our plans. But the very second that the idea came up, we thought: “Yes, we really want to do this!” We would also like to play more shows in Asia. So far we have performed only in Hong Kong, but there all the cities are so different that we would like to appreciate more places.
Latin America has a very powerful indie scene. Do you have anything planned there?
In fact, Brazil is the home of one of our largest fan bases. So it has been in our plans for the past two years, and right now we are even in negotiations about participating in the Lollapalooza festival. Unfortunately, last year we had to cancel our performance there, but we are going to fix it. So, yes, with regards to this place, we have plans.
You have spent most of the last three years on the road. Which of your idols have you encountered?
In our first summer on tour, at most festivals we performed on the same stage as Queens Of The Stone Age. We constantly revolved around them and waited for the right chance to just say “Hello!” And we really love Tame Impala. They are very nice guys who make a great sound.
Time for another question from the fan: what are the band doing at those moments on the tour when they don’t listen to Jack Garrett and break electronic scooters?
We often watch TV and arrange many joint events, for example, “Cinema Nights”. The bus always has a great atmosphere. And, of course, we record new demos while we are on the road. Our music is filled with autobiographical material, so we write constantly. Now quite a lot of new songs are ready. We will not tell you when the new album will be released. But, by the way, he is already on the way!
What are your future plans?
We will complete a tour of Europe, drop by Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day, and then give concerts in Russia. And, of course, we will perform in Latin America as soon as we can.