Kepa : Low-Low Wind
We caught up with Element Advocate Kepa on the release of his new album Low-Low Wind.
Kepa's music has recently been on the 'Road to Wolfeboro' short film
So Kepa, tell us a bit about your inspiration and your take on the blues.
My music is inspired by solo blues musicians, i fell in love with the tone, the hypnotic effect they could make with just an simple instrument. I guess I loved the blues for a long time but it was hidden within more modern types of music (like rock). I then discovered Bukka White, Fred McDowell and understood why I heard their songs 1000 times before: Everything comes from the blues!
Well, I soon realised that I was not from Mississippi, there was no social or racial segregation at home, my life was not a piece of shit, so it wouldn't sound right if i tried to imitate those guys! So I just tried to do it myself, as they did I guess, I don't feel any more a musician than you, I don't know any notes, have had no teacher... But couldn't be happier!
And the space theme for the album?
This album is my 3rd one, I have been influenced by the recordings of Blind Willie Johnson sent in space by NASA. I really loved that idea and I wanted to make all the artwork of the album around cosmos. I dedicated this disc to Robert Crumb and used some of his characters on the album booklet. Everything is DIY, no effect on the guitars, recorded one shot, all instrument played at the same time, all visuals are done by myself without any computer... Whatever i'm so bad with computers!
Listen to Low-Low Wind on Bandcamp
Buy Low-Low Wind on Bandcamp
Képa's album is now available to buy on Bandcamp in both digital and physical formats. Click the images below
The Road to Wolfeboro
Featuring music by Képa
Advocate Thomas Campbell's recent exhibition