Playlist Winner Q&A: Bokito
Playlist 009 Winner
Moses Moorehouse(MM): I’m Moses Moorhouse and I’m the singer in BOKITO
Sam Cahlin(SC): I’m Sam and I play Keys. I’m the newest member of the band, joining the guys for a gig around October time then joined fo real soon after. I’m originally from just outside the Lake District and have been living in London for about a year now
Tom Houghton(TH): I’m Tom, I’m the drummer
Jody Lahart(JL): I’m Jody, I’m the bass player, originally from Dublin, living in London for 6years now, pretty hungry at right now actually.
Joe Mashiter(JM): I’m Joe. I play guitar in Bokito. i joined the band after meeting Jody (bass player) via a jam with a mutual friend – one of those chance meetings that you look back on and think, wow, my life would be quite different now if I’d have stayed home that night! I’ve played with various bands in this city since moving here from Cheshire, but playing with these guys felt like something different and I knew I had to put other projects on hold and focus on Bokito
How did you all meet and what is it you saw in each other to decide to start a band?
JL: Myself and Moses were in a band at home in Ireland before we moved to London. The plan was to come here start a new band with a new sound. London just seemed to offer more in terms of opportunity for bands to get recognition, right now it feels like we made the right move. I think we all share a drive to make music and we do it well together, we all very much serve the songs we write which is amazing to be part of.
What do you see as being your biggest challenges ahead as a band?
JM:I think our biggest challenge as a band is to keep pushing ourselves to make better music. A band should look to get the best out of each other, to reach the highest level possible. We feel like we have a lot more to offer so we need to keep the music fresh and exciting, to elevate the material and to always look for new ideas and influences. Playing the same songs, the same way, every rehearsal and gig can suck the momentum out of bands, we need to keep looking forward! On a side note, personally, I’ve found it very challenging to play in a band with 3 Liverpool supporters. As a United fan I keep telling myself that music transcends tribal football loyalties but it’s easier said than done!
What have been your highlights as a band so far?
MM: For me the highlight has been just at a gig recently where the audience of people we didn’t know sang back our single “Better at Getting Worse”
It was a pretty nice feeling
Are there any new bands you love who you think everyone else should be checking out now too? – Please let us know who!
SC: I’ve seen a lot of a band called Fang Night who put on wicked monthly showcases on the last Thursday of every month. Super talented guys with a really unique sound and new music coming out soon
What do you do to ease the boredom of long journeys for gigs?
TH: Podcasts, interviews, keeps me more focused and awake, music can put me asleep.
What are your pre-show rituals?
MM: Stretches! I bounce around a lot on stage so it’s always good for me to warm up my knees. There’s been quite a few times that strangers have walked into a bathroom or green room and there’s an awkward meeting of eyes because there’s a middle earthian looking fella mid squat
Where can we find you next for gigs?
JL: The Tooting Tram and Social on the 22nd of April and Whelans in Dublin on the 28th of April, we’re also playing the Brighton Great Escape which we’re delighted about.
Please give us three songs to add to our hope playlist:
SC: Arabella – Puppy, Down – Matt Martians, What’s There – Dauwd
Question from last winner (Tiggi Hawke) If you could be any animal what would you be?
TH: A fox
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