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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists that we have right here in the north east. This time it’s the turn of five-piece alt folk group Kosoti to face our questions.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

We are all based in the North East but come from different musical backgrounds. Most of us have studied music of some description but it wasn’t these courses that brought us together. We all have a similar vision for where the music will take us and hope that it continues to develop in the same vein as the first year!

What inspired you to first start making music?

As a group, we all share a love for good song writing and making harmonies. Allan started writing songs at age 15 after falling in love with guitarists and writers such as John Martyn and Nick Drake.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Influences are very varied in the group but if we had to pigeon hole anyone, bands like Frightened Rabbit would have to be up there with how we would like to come across. Their brutal honestly in the lyrics and delivery are coupled with superb musicianship leaving you with an incredible mix of feelings whilst listening to them. They hold no punches, which is something we admire.

How would you describe your sound?

I think it’s really developing a lot and has improved considerably in the last year. We all love to harmonise vocals and have all started to sing to help broaden our options.  The banjo also adds something a little different in the way Paul plays, making it sound sometimes like other instruments and adding a top line where needed when the electric guitar is providing big pads and space through use of delay and reverb.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

We hope that people can connect to our songs and sound. We really get on with all the local bands we have played with and there are some fantastic acts coming through in the north east. Personal favourites have been Lilliput, Cape Cub and solo artists Mat Hunsley and Charlie Dancer.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Kosoti?

Hopefully you can expect high energy coupled with honesty and delivery that is believable. We all try to enjoy ourselves and connect not just with each other but with the audience.

“We really get on with all the local bands we have played with and there are some fantastic acts coming through in the north east”

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

We have a couple of festivals lined up at Northumberland Live and Mouth of the Tyne Festival which should both be brilliant days with some superb acts we are excited to be sharing stages with! Also we have a headline gig at Cluny 2 on Tuesday 19th May with support from our Czech friends Lake Malawi who are incredible. We loved playing with those guys last year and we are certain that Newcastle will love them!

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?

I think our trip to Czech Republic was an incredible experience which showed us what it will take for us to be successful as a band and it really gave us the taste of what we hope will be a long career!

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

I think trying to settle on our preferred line up has been the hardest thing but now we have settled on a five-piece it feels as though we have a solid basis in which to improve the writing and output of songs.

What else have you got planned for the future?

We have a plan afoot for the year which will include a single release for a charity that is very close to us as a group. Can’t say too much but we have already booked in the recording with producer Matt Walch (formerly of Vinyl Jacket) in a secret location in Scotland which we are extremely excited about. More to come on that!

Kosoti play at The Cluny with Lake Malawi on Tuesday 19th May.

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