Kllo return to Melbourne for a special one-off show with their new live band this June, showcasing their mix of warm R&B vocals and electro-pop for an exciting debut performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. We chat to the duo (Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) ahead of the show.
Hey guys thanks for chatting to Forte! How are you and what have you been up to?
Hello! We’re really great, thanks for asking. We’re currently in LA soaking up the sun and eating burrito’s, also playing some gigs.
Being cousins, had you been close growing up; How did you begin playing music together?
We weren’t ever close when we were kids, music is what brought us together. Our mum’s were the ones who got us in a room together. We were both making music in other projects and begun creating together to make our mum’s happy. The best idea they’ve ever had :)
When did you play your first live show and how do those shows compare to where you are now?
We played our first show in a little bar called ‘Boney’ in the heart of the Melbourne city. It was about four years ago, but feels like a lifetime ago. Don’t think we really knew what we wanted from the band at the time, but we’ve had a lot of support from the get-go and that’s what’s pushed us to be where we are today.
Now we are a lot more aware of what does and doesn’t work for us. We’ve learnt a lot over the four years, especially more efficient ways of creating the live set up. We used to make it very complicated for ourselves.
You guys intertwine so many different musical elements, like electro-pop, R&B or garage into your songs; who are some of your largest influences?
James Blake, Little Dragon, Four tet
You’re signed to a number of international labels and have gained a fan base all over; have you got a favorite place to perform?
Spain! Always such a warm, exuberant crowd. We feel right at home there.
Styles and even your use of analogue footage in your music clips is prominent. Is there a more conceptual meaning to your image?
The warmth in our art and music is something we’ve always been mindful of. We’re fearful of entering the shiney & plastic pop world, so vintage synths and textual artwork is what makes most sense to us. They compliment each other nicely.
Now having released three albums, Backwater, Well Worn and Cusp, do you have a favourite?
What can listeners and fans expect from you in the near future?
Our direction is forever changing, so it’s hard to tell you what it is we’re going to create in the future. It really all depends on what music grabs us, or what we’re personally experiencing at that time.
When & Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne – June 8.