EMQ’s with KAVORKA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Reykjavik, Iceland based Stoner/Sludge Rock band Kavorka. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Sæþór Þórðarson, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
The name is Sæþór Þórðarson and I play the guitar in Kavorka, I also provide the backing vocals. Me and Haukur (lead vocals) had this idea of making a dirty rock and roll band that could be both sludgy and beautiful at the same time. We talked about this in the midst of our old band Moldun breaking up. We asked our bassist Arnar to join us and he jumped on board (Arnar was the bass player in Moldun as well) and we knew Haukur Þór (drums) from the good old days and we were sure he would fit right in, which he did! Long story short; here we are, making music and having fun.
How did you come up with your band name?
Haukur (lead vocals) came up with the name, the name itself actually comes from the TV show Seinfeld.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Iceland. The scene isn´t big and we have very limited venues to perform at. I remember back in 2007 when most of the bands played death metal or tech-death metal, then in 2010-ish a lot of metalcore bands emerged. Black metal has been pretty big from 2014-ish as well. Then we have Eistnaflug in July every year, which is the biggest rock/metal festival in Iceland. It´s held in a remote town in the east of Iceland, around 1500 metalheads show up and party in the Icelandic rain, this is the highpoint of every year.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We self-released our debut album “Internal Rituals” in October 2019.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I really loved Kurt Cobain and Nirvana and still do I guess, Dimebag Darrell and Pantera as well, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains and their whole “vibe” and approach to songwriting. John Mayer and his technique and feel, that feeling of being hungover and kind of down after a night of partying is a major influence in my songwriting (no joke).
What first got you into music?
Well, it was Nirvana.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love a Kavorka/Neil Young collaboration.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury. Looks like fun.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
STD maybe? Just kidding, not sure.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Buy our album, come to our shows and be kind.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Nothing beats the feeling of making a song. I hate not having enough time to make music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It is what it is.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “By The Way”. It came out in 2002 and I loved it, being 14 years old at the time and the melodies were just amazing. I know it’s not a typical RHCP album to mention but I love it.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I prefer downloads and I´m ashamed for it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was a small venue in Copenhagen Denmark. My two previous bands played there one night. We were drunk and happy, the few people that showed up were as well.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ricky Gervais, Donald Trump, Philip Anselmo, Jerry Cantrell, Zlatan Ibrahimović. Imagine the stories…
What’s next for the band?
Considering there is a pandemic going around, we aren´t doing many shows as of now. But we will announce any gigs or news on our social media platforms.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Any sane person knows it’s a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Live long and prosper!
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