Introducing...Young Kato

Despite only forming in November of last year, Young Kato are already causing a storm in their local scene, culminating in a performance at Barn On The Farm festival earlier this month. TMF caught up with 19-year-old lead singer Tommy Wright to see what he thought about the reaction to debut single ‘Drink Dance Play’ as well as which band member is most likely to take a bite out of the others…

Hi there, what have you been up to today?

Rehearsing today for a special performance at my parents' 25th anniversary. Going to be a wild one!

Could I get you to describe your sound in three words to the readers of The Music Fix who might not have heard you before?

Youthful, energetic, Alt-Pop.

Your debut single 'Drink Dance Play' accumulated a lot of YouTube hits in a short space of time- what was your reaction to the huge response?

We honestly didn't think it would get to 20k views so quickly. The video was shot in a day with no money thrown at it, so it’s nice to see that people are appreciating the music, despite the simple yet effective video.

What has the writing and recording process been like for the upcoming EP? Could you talk TMF through how it went?

The self titled EP was written over a few months as we started out as YK. It took us five days to record in our producer's shed in London; we lived in a Travelodge and on sofas throughout the week but it was worth it. We were all focused and worked tirelessly to bring home something we could be proud of. The songs are upbeat as we wanted to open our first release with a bang - "Start as you mean to go on".

Are you lined up to play anymore festivals this summer?

Just last week we played the main stage at Barn On The Farm, a brilliant local festival in Gloucester. We stayed over the whole weekend and proved that we can give it everything on stage and play well even with hangovers - no lessons learnt there! We have a few other local festivals coming up but nothing huge as yet, hopefully next year.

What would your dream festival line up be?

Coldplay, U2, Foals, Young Kato, Dog is Dead, Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, The Smiths, The Vaccines, Oasis, Zulu Winter & so many more...

Here's the deal - you're all stuck on a desert island with nothing but the clothes on your back. Which band member is most likely to survive and why? (Cannibalism is probably a necessity here- yes we're a little morbid at TMF Towers).

Definitely Jack (guitar) as he'd eat his way through anything and anyone to survive, he wouldn't think twice!

If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

Personally I would love to collaborate with either Morrisey, to inspire us some incredible lyrics, or Lucy Rose live to harmonise around my vocals as it worked so well for Bombay Bicycle Club.

What does the rest of 2012 hold for Young Kato?

We have a tour coming up headlining lots of venues in and around the South West alongside a few local festivals. After that hopefully we will get started on the album.

Young Kato release their self titled EP on August 26th. To find out more, visit or follow them on Twitter @YOUNGKATO

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