Not everything has to be brutal and screaming for me to appreciate it. KITCHEN WITCH are proof of that. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-I like using herbs and spices in the kitchen and I find that herbal remedies can be incorporated in the food we eat and the plants grown in my very own garden. Hence….Kitchen Witch. A European tradition of poppet of a crone witch hung in the kitchen that brings good luck and wards off bad spirits is called a Kitchen Witch.
I started playing dark Goth ditties on a cheap electric keyboard and called myself Kitchen Witch. I got Conor (guitarist and long time buddy-we went to high school together in Alice Springs. Northern Territory) Kinsella to accompany me and when we were jamming one day I just went….”Fuck this goth, emo stuff! Let’s play the blues!” (nothing against goth or Emo, I just wasn’t meant to play it!).
This is how Kitchen Witch the band was formed and evolved into Heavy, blues rock and by the time we had John Russo on drums and Simon Elliott on bass, they were all keen to keep the band name.
Also, I make excellent scones, some say MAGICAL.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of (hard) rock you play?
-Some voices that have influenced me include Howlin’ Wolf, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss (Cold chisel), Benzin Bullock (Athletic Teenage Joggers), AC/DC (Bon Scott), Alison Mosshart (The Dead Weather), Elin Larsson (Blues Pills), Ian Kenny (Karnivool), Ryan Underhill and Hana Brenecki (Appomattox Run). Anything with some guts to it, you know?
In Adelaide we are lucky enough to have the WOMAD (World Music) festival every year which is totally kick ass and always has artists that are amazing you have never heard of before. I recommend anyone check it out if they can make is all the way to Straya (Australia in Straya’n)!
As a band, we are definately into guitar based, stoner rock. Coz it’s completely awesome. You know, Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Graveyard that sort of jive.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Yeah, I guess so. It’s like sex, you know, you gotta change it up.You need a bit of slow and fast to get in the groove, so to speak.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Kitchen Witch are all about playing live, man! I don’t think a record can ever be as cool as seeing a live band. Our jams are so fun but it is even better when you have people to share the music with and dance with. I can’t play without moving!
You have a couple of releases to your name by now. Which one are you the most proud of ?
-At the moment, we have a single out called “Shock” which is the first blues song that Conor and I wrote together and then became a blues/rock song when the band wrote it with us. We are recording an EP at Wizard Tone Studios in 3 days time! The EP will be out in May. We have a You Tube channel which has heaps of live videos on it, too.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Our tunes can be found on Soundcloud, Triple J unearthed, Band camp and on our You Tube Channel. When our new EP is realeased we will be letting the world know and going on an Australian Tour! It is great that people can enjoy music from all over the world by connecting online, it’s something that other generations didn’t have the opportunity to do.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover? Good art work! I love collaborating with visual artists to make original music with original artwork. Also, if the art work has psychadelic influences it is probably gonna be great.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for your type of (hard) rock in your country?
-Heavy rock is definately making a huge come back in Australia. Bands like Karnivool and Kingswood have made it to Triple J and I think Triple J (Australian radio station) is hopefully getting back to playing some heavier stuff again, rather than the indie and hip hop that they have been playing in latter years. There is a great rock music scene in Adelaide and Melbourne (our closest city) is a wealth of rock culture. That is where you will find AC/DC lane (and The Cherry Bar)! So fucking rock!
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-We rock the fuck out and get all the boodies shaking. Everybody likes boody shakin or boodies shakin. 🙂
What does the future hold?
-Our next EP’s will be a two part concept album. The first one being melting, stoner, blues dreams called ‘TROUBLE’ and the second being rocking, stoner, blues riffage.
Also, skyclad rituals under the moonlight.