Interview: Jordan Foster
Jazz-inspired surf-pop trio Katie Pham & The Moonbathers are an exciting prospect, and are many Sheffield musicians' local favourites. We catch up with them to talk dream festival headliners, chippy teas and never compromising ahead of their Harley show at Outlines.
If I'm honest, your sound doesn't strike itself as Sheffield-incepted, it sounds like it was born on a warm coastline! What are Katie Pham and The Moonbathers' greatest influencers?
All the Jazz giants, Neo-soul classics (eugh "Neo-Soul"), Post-Bop, Bossa Nova, Migos, Afro-Futurism, Yeezus, memes, Minnie Riperton, Patrice Rushen, New Birth Inc., Avida Dollars, Otis Mensah, Tommy Hillfinger, Caleon Fox, Radical Boy, Oliver Leary, Tyler the Creator, Outkast...
We don't think we sound like any of these but they influence what we do and how we do it.
What are your favourite things about the Steel City?
Sitting on the roof of KFC, Moor Market, Delicious Clam and world renowned Sheff blues is canks. Also, it's cool that there's space for everyone to do what they want creatively, there's a platform for just about anything and there's always someone awake.
You're playing at The Harley during Outlines - that's the pick of the venue bunch, right?
The Harley staff are what make the place; Josh Baines, Yuey, Harry Green, Joey and Joe we comin' for you.
Who on this year's Outlines line up you will be going out of your way to see?
Kadhja Bonet, The Orielles and Luxury Death for sure, hopefully we'll stumble across some new stuff to dab to. Kind of bummed out Rosey PM isn't on the bill.
Who would be your dream three festival headliners?
Gil Scott-Heron, GG Allin and Outkast probs, maybe Migos. Nice toilets, good atmosphere and you can smoke weed in the arena. It's 2017, people smoke weed.
Where would you like this band to be in 5 years time?
Not dead. Maybe with nicer guitars, enlightened perhaps, based. Really we just wanna keep making music at any level, as long as we don't have "real jobs" everything is fine. I wonder what kinda place this world will be in 5 years, stuff is weird.
Any advice for local amateur bands trying to break into Sheffield's scene?
Just make the music you want to and don't compromise because compromise is why so much stuff sucks, it's art. All the best stuff is raw expression of spirit. We're not really in a position to be giving advice though; we're just winging it.