KajaFax NewFan #1
KajaFax NewFan #1
Kicking us off with a brand new series of interviews, we have Madison Skipworth who is a self confessed new fan of KajaGooGoo!
Hi Madison, thanks so much for being part of this new series, you’re the first!
No problem. It’s nice to be a part of something new.
Would you mind letting us know your age?
Well Steve, a woman never reveals her age. . . but I can tell you I am in my very early twenties!
Can you explain to us how you came to ‘find’ KajaGooGoo?
As the readers may have guessed, I am the other half of Steve AKA TheRaggedTiger. Most readers will have noticed he’s just a ‘little bit’ into KajaGooGoo and this is where I heard them first.
I play the piano and love music in general, so started playing along to the music and hey presto! Anybody I can play, I’m interested in. We went to see them play live at The Stables Reunion Show in 2008, live shows are another of my favourite hobbies, and I just fell in love with them. Pretty much any live music is good, but those guys can really play & sing live, and are great to watch!
I get to call them ‘Retro’ due to my age. ;o)
What sort of other music do you like listening to?
I’m really into music that is stereotypical of my age group such as Rihanna, Eminem & Katy Perry and maybe a weirder side of me likes Seether, Marilyn Manson & Carlos Santana. However, I realised I knew and liked a lot more 80’s music than I had thought when I met Steve. He would play something and it would put me in mind of being a kid, a song I’d completely forgotten about, or reminded me of watching my older cousins creating routines (particularly to Electric Dreams, which I have since seen The Human League perform live). I’ve been to see many 80’s acts live and have thoroughly enjoyed every one, in particular Tony Hadley & Spandau Ballet. I am super excited to be going to see Duran Duran in May 2011.
What is it about the band that keeps your interest level high?
I look forward to the band announcing live dates for us to go and see. I just discovered vinyl, and so I often play these in the house. I hadn’t used them before!
Kajafax keeps my interest in the band high. With it producing an article daily, there is something to keep the band at the forefront of my mind at all times!
As a new fan, are you most taken with the early recordings or do you also enjoy the recent material?
I prefer the earlier recordings the best, however much of the recent material is also fantastic. I particularly like ‘Smile’ from the Gone to the Moon CD.
You said you’d seen the band live, how was that for you? How did it compare to other gigs you’ve been to?
I adore live music, especially when it’s a real band which can actually play their instruments! The Stables has got to be one of the best venues, as it is set back and quite intimate due to it not being vast. Plus I got to meet the band backstage there.
In comparison to other venues I think it holds its own, and being Christmas time and snowing the gigs have been perfect. Being so near to the stage and the band was a great experience. Watching Nick Beggs play live is amazing; probably the best player I’ve ever seen, the whole band is great!
Do you have any particular favourite track, album and band member?
Rivers is my favourite track and therefore The Crazy People’s Right To Speak is my favourite album. I prefer the slower songs and the guitars on the album sounds great. I’m a sucker for guitars! However I’m usually indecisive so another of my favourite tracks has got to be Charm of a Gun & also The Garden (Islands). I like “The Garden” because of the Chapman Stick. I had never seen one until I saw KajaGooGoo, and thought I would not see another until last year, when I was going through the Tube station in Islington and saw a guy playing one. I had to stop & listen in admiration.
For the reasons above Nick Beggs has to be my favourite band member. I am in awe of his musical ability, although it is difficult to choose between them all. I have met each member of the band in person and they are all lovely.
Do you think there is a market out there for the band with the younger generation?
Yes absolutely, I am evidence. Young people who are genuinely interested in music have got to give a decent band the credit for producing good songs irrelevant of the year it was made.
I think a certain type of younger person wouldn’t entertain a different genre, particularly an older style. With the advent of retro being in and people using samples, younger generations think something is cool and get to like it, only for Mum or Dad to tell them it’s actually a song from the 80’s sampled and there’s nothing new about it. So, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! Even I have done that before and Steve has taken great pleasure in telling me it is someone from his era.
What would be your message to anyone who thinks all there is to the band is ‘Too Shy’?
Delve deeper, as most bands you think only had one hit single will have a larger, varied back catalogue. They are great live, nice people, and brilliant players. Each album KajaGooGoo have produced will have a song you recognise, and only enjoyment can come of listening to them.
Madison, many thanks for talking with KajaFax today, it’s fantastic to have you onboard!
Thanks for interviewing me, it’s great fun sharing my views.