Coals

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Coals is young duo from Poland under the leadership of Katarzyna Kowalczyk and Łukasz Rozmysłowski. The name of the band is connected with the region they come from – Silesia which is famous for coal mines. They started playing music in September 2014. They quickly made theirselves liked by listeners due to the home-recorded songs they published on the Internet. An exclusive British magazine The Quietus about Coals: “The somewhat creamy quality of Coals’ music is an experience akin to being wrapped up in cotton wool and sailing away on ebb tides of unperturbed bliss.

It could well be down to the silky smooth voice of vocalist Katarzyna Kowalczyk or possibly the multi-instrumentation of Łukasz Rozmysłowski but the net result is gorgeously lush music that increases the anticipation of their yet-to-be released debut album.” and American Under the Radar magazine about them:”Coals mix in heavy helping of hip-hop beats, creating a hypnotic mix between the dirty club and darkened city streets.” Coals will perform at our Kiezsalon on March 28th.


FACTS:

Kasia:
1 Last year edition of Unsound Festival which acquainted Polish audience with new forms in contemporary music
2 Frida Kahlo Exhibition in Poznań
3 The popularization of androgynous youth on Polish Instagram

Łukasz:
1 I live with memes
2 cryptocurrency heals cancer
3 pee is stored in balls

QUESTIONS:

1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Kacha : Dean Blunt
Łuki: Various Artists – my favorite artist forever

2. How and when did you get into making music?
Łuki: It was forced by youtube music makers like for ex. Mysteryguitarman. Influenced by
youtube videos I felt in love with sampling. I downloaded Ableton and then started to sample
sounds from my flat. Before all the tech stuff i have been learning how to play piano and
guitar so making music out of samples came naturally for me.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Kacha:
Mchy i Porosty – Hypnagogic Polish Music for Teenage Mutants
Babyfather – BFF hosted by Dj Escrow
coucou chloe – Erika Jane
NORMAL ECHO – Kaskady
Blue Hawaii – Tenderness

Łuki:
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
Johnny Flynn – A Larum
Sigur Rós – Valtari

4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Kacha: Maybe it’s strange, but I think that the band Easter is an embodiment of the city and
when I’m in Berlin I always think about them.
Łuki: Public toilet which smells like weed.

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Kacha: I don’t live in one town and it’s difficult to say that.
Łuki: I’m a computer maniac so my favorite place is my desk.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Kacha: Instead of music I would do visual things. And I exactly do.
Łuki: I will brush dogs and cats… and maybe hamsters as well.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Kacha: Księżyc “Total Eclipse”
Łuki: Dean Blunt – Black Metal

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Kacha: Holly Herndon
Łuki: Kanye

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Kacha: I think that our best gigs were this autumn in Poland when we promoted our new
material, especially in Sopot and Warsaw. Why? 1- big audience 2- new member of our
band Bobek who plays guitar and bass and he absolutely improves the quality of our
concerts 3 – Lukasz and his interesting arrangements 4- visual aspects such as fog,
darkness, strobo…
Łuki: Yeah, i can agree with Kasia. Our recent tour was the best one so far. Finally we took
Bobek for bass and electric guitar. If i had to choose, I would choose Sopot gig as the best
one from the tour. Lights, audience, music quality and energy was perfect.

10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Łuki: As i said before sampling has big influence in my music making process. I need my
DAW also for cutting loops on air – for example when i’m creating something new,
sometimes i take my guitar, plug it into audio interface and play some chords. Then i always
cut out of the whole record some loops and that’s example of how i start make new tunes.

11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Kacha: Yes, I’ve got a brother. He likes total different kind of music, but he respects me for
my work.
Łuki: I have older brother. He totally accepts what i am doing and he is always helpful when
i need a ride to Katowice for a train :D


To Listen: soundcloud.com/coalsmusic

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