Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ trio Cookin’ On 3 Burners are cracking the lid on their latest dance jam ‘Warning’ featuring the killer vocals of rising talent Kaiit (out August 10). We chat to the time travellin’ purveyors of mid-60s soul, ‘70s funk and dirty breaks ahead of the release.
Hey guys thanks for chatting to Forte. The last time we spoke was around this time last year prior to your east coast tour to launch of Lab Experiments Vol.1. What have you been up to since then?
Well the last 12 months have been pretty smashing for the Cookin’ family. Following our east coast Australian tour we rounded off 2017 with a slew of shows in Europe and the UK. It was a great experience for us to connect with the soul/funk 45 DJ crew that have been supporting us and playing our music for a long time now. One highlight was playing at a venue called Alcazar in Trastevere, Rome. The vibe was electric and we even had the Roma based B-Girl crew ‘Wild Up’ come down and strut their stuff – awesome!
You’re just about to release your new single ‘Warning’ with rising talent Kaiit which is an immediate dance floor filler. How did the collaboration with Kaiit come about?
Our guitarist Dan West met Kaiit when she was 16 at a weekly music program called Dig Deep that he established at Arts Centre Melbourne to develop emerging hip hop artists. We caught up with Kaiit about a year ago when we were both performing at The Get Down after party for NAIDOC week. We asked Kaiit if she would fancy collaborating on a new jam and she was totally up for it. Check it below.
This track is the first single to come from your forthcoming album Lab Experiments Vol. 2 – what can you tell us about the album?
Eight tracks of heat! Seriously though, instrumentally, Vol. 2 has a tasty mix of jump up breakbeat jams (for the b-boys and b-girls) and some grittier, more cinematic numbers. Vocally, aside from our collab with Kaiit, we have been blessed to have worked with some of our favourite vocalists from around Melbourne town.
You are bringing the vibes to a handful of live soul happenings across the east coast; what do you love about performing live?
It really is all about the live thing for us! We love writing and recording in the studio but it’s getting in front of a crowd and sharing in that energy exchange with an audience. Cookin’ On 3 Burners make their music to play it out and sweat it out with the people. We have a great time and we want the audience to feel the same way and feel like we are all in it together.
You guys have been together for a number of years and clearly still have many more to come, do you have any advice/words of wisdom to young bands just starting out?
Make the music you want to make and find your audience – they are out there, especially in Melbourne! We reckon it’s good to respect the audience as they are most likely already totally up for good time in the place.
Following this tour, what comes next for Cookin’ On 3 Burners?
We are looking forward to a busy summer in Australia and making plans for some more overseas shenanigans – musically speaking of course!
When & Where: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – August 31 & Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – September 7.