EMQ’s with BOFO KWO Part Two
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsinki, Finland based Symphonic Black Metal band, Bofo Kwo. This is actually our second interview with them but they have their debut album out so meh. Huge thanks to Kimmo (Wamufo) 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?
I’m Kimmo, with a stage name Wamufo. I play guitar and synths live. We started Bofo Kwo about 5 years ago, or Ted started it to accompany his novel about three cannibals and their shenanigans. Since then I’ve been busy with the music part and everything connected to that. composing, practice, etc. 2 years ago we signed with Sliptrick Records and started writing the new album.
How did you come up with your band name?
If I remember correctly Ted picked it up from a documentary about cannibals.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from another planet. No scene to talk about… in reality I’m Finnish and the scene is big and active. Metal is very mainstream here. Janne’s from Norway, I’ve no first-hand experience how the scene’s nowadays but I’m guessing it’s just like Finland. Ted lives in The Netherlands and I’m guessing the scene is small but active.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The second single from our upcoming album “Space/Time Carnivorium” called ‘The Massacre’ was just released on Spotify and accompanying lyric video was uploaded to YouTube. The album’s gonna be out on the 30th of June.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We’re all huge fans of 70’s Disco music, Cindy Lauper and Philip Glass’s minimalist approach. The emptiness that brings out emotion and silence of the woods during winters bring us peace and the lonely cries of whales remind us that loneliness is not just a human trait.
What first got you into music?
I was already hypnotized in kindergarten by Charlie Strapp songs. Couldn’t stop playing those. I guess I’ve always been moved by sound and how that can bring out emotions that only you can feel. I think Ted smelled this on me and during his EMO phase really connected somehow.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It would be nice to get a nice throat singing ensemble and a tribal collective to perform with. Linking these with a nice dub producer would be sweet. He could inflict those weird delays and echoes to the choir and ensemble while we play. Damn that would be great.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Something in the South America. Opening for Iron Maiden there would be awesome.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We’ve never received anything, But we’ll accept anything.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Be you, be kind.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dimebag. No one deserves to be shot on stage.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the creativity most. Coming up with new shit and then materializing something in to a song. For example, Ted’s cat is doing backing vocals for us and twisting and mutilating those and turning them in to something that resembles music was a lot of fun.
I don’t really hate anything about it. Somethings are a bit boring and not that rewarding, like trying to hunt for reviews or press, but that’s why we have Wes.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Refuse to answer!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Live At The Counter Eurovision” by Misty In Roots
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’ll go with vinyl. I like them for the looks and it takes effort to listen. Which makes me listen more carefully. I admit using Spotify for 90% of my listenings though…
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played one in Amsterdam but that was plagued by PA problems. It was good though and the after party was, if not legendary, very chill.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably pushing daisies.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
That seems like an awful lot of social interaction.
What’s next for the band?
Promotion of the new album. We’re preparing for fall and hope to be able to tour in support of it.
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What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We’ve Facebook and Bandcamp. We’ve been planning on Twitter (I do use my personal twitter to inform people about our shenanigans) and maybe Instagram. We should hire someone to take care of those.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuits. At least in Finland. Jaffa Keksi.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having us, it was a pleasure!! Stay hydrated and eat your veggies kids!
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