We recently delivered a little slice of ’80s-drenched electronic pop from this Adelaide-based outfit and it seems they’re more than ready to cut through into the mainstream with their latest single ‘The Knife’.
With single release shows coming up in three cities, we decided it was high time to Get To Know Nakatomi a little more.
01. Band name : Nakatomi.
02. Where are you based? Adelaide, South Australia.
03. How did you choose your band name? We were watching ‘Die Hard’ and it was the name of the building John McClane was trapped in. Hamish is still hoping we can just change the name to ‘The Hans Grubers’, but that request has so far been denied.
04. Who are your members? Em Smart : Vocals, Hamish Cox : Synths.
05. How was the band formed? We had played together in a couple of different bands over the years and have been friends since high school. We always performed really well together but hadn’t tried actually writing anything together. We had quite a few song ideas individually that were just too electro for the projects we were in at the time, so we decided to start collectively workshopping these ideas and we really liked what came out of it.
06. In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? There was a point not long after we released our first single ‘Golden Sun’, that we realised we had to work out how to play these electro songs live. This was a first for us, because we both came from rock band backgrounds and it felt like we were doing things backwards. We didn’t have much idea of how we get to where we needed to be, so basically we had to learn! Once we got our heads around it, we then brought in our good mate Matt Nikic on live bass and electro drums to fill out the sound, and focused on creating a really cool live performance.
07. Tell us a little bit about your sound. Synth-heavy with industrial or trip-hop-popish beats and a generous nod to the eighties. We have tried to create a modern ’80s dance vibe that gets you moving, inspired by the likes of Madonna, Robyn, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Prince.
08. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? Hamish : Prince – ‘Kiss’. Em : ‘Big Love’ – Fleetwood Mac (particularly the live solo version by Lindsay Buckingham!)
09. Tell us about your latest release. Our latest single ‘The Knife’ is a reflection on experiences that, at the time, had felt like the end of the world… but how sometimes these extreme moments can be something to treasure in hindsight. In terms of sound, we really wanted to embellish the ’80s feel that had come quite naturally in the very first demo. The songs that helped inspire us once we started shaping these sounds included included Peaches ‘Lose You’, Depeche Mode ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and Robyn ‘Dancing On My Own’.
10. What do your future plans involve? Touring the east coast of Australia in November and then heading back into the studio to record some new tracks over the Christmas break.
11. Where can our audience catch you live?
FRI 30 OCT | ROCKET BAR, ADELAIDE SA
FRI 20 NOV | POW! @ MYNT LOUNGE, WERRIBEE VIC
SUN 22 NOV | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
THUR 26 NOV | OXFORD ART GALLERY BAR, DARLINGHURST NSW