OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid
Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, guitarist/composer/bandleader Dan Nettles has supplied the world with his own unique blend of modern-jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, Nettles formed Kenosha Kid with these principles: build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. The European iteration of the band features Dan Nettles, Berlin bassist Roland Fidezius (the fierce Lemmy-like low end from Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask) alongside Dubliners Shane Latimer (guitarist of OKO, Outerspaceways Inc. and arch-minimalists) and Matthew Jacobson (the percussive genius behind ReDiviDeR, Insufficient Funs, and Clang Sayne).
Ahead of Kenosha Kid’s performance at LoSt Lane on Friday 6th March, Dan encapsulated some of his thoughts on music and life for us, in probably the most visually beautiful Q&A we've ever gotten.
Q. What is the most important thing to you when making music?
Being a child. Or if I have to think, I try to think about forgetting.
Q. Who or what inspires you at the moment - be it in music, arts, politics or your personal life?
- A book: “Quichotte’ by Rushdie.
- Some records: Ravel & Debussy String Quartets
- Donny Hathaway: Live
- Certain nuances in certain singers' voices - like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Hank Williams Sr., Scott Walter and a bunch more (too many to list) - and how it translates to the guitar.
- Fresh vegetables
- Great ramen!
- All my friends who make a.m.a.z.i.n.g music! I am lucky to be surrounded by you all!
- Making plans
Q. How would you describe the kind of music that Kenosha Kid makes?