We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files, but we don’t like regurgitating press releases or asking the easy questions. At Tone Deaf we only ask the tough questions, so just hold still, grit your teeth, clench your buttocks and be still while we put on the rubber gloves, apply the thumbscrews, and pull out our thermometer while you open up and say ahhhhhhhhhhh… Truthful answers only or we drink your rider while you’re on stage.
O Koppes from The Kicks gives Tone Deaf the lowdown.
Who gets the most ‘off stage action’ in the band? What’s the secret to their success?
When we first met Zac our drummer he was a bit of a band whore, jamming with a new band every week. But using our creative charms, we have since managed to tame his ways and tie him down.
Have you ever been arrested? Where were you, and what was it for?
Yeah I was arrested when I was 14 for shoplifting in Kmart. At the time I was a keen actress and I remember when the guy came up to my friend and I holding his badge and arresting us, she broke down into tears and my face lit up with a smile. I saw it as method acting and that I could actually use the experience in a role someday. Haha. The rest of the time he kept trying to scare me saying I will feel differently when the police arrived , to which I started singing The Beatles “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Life Goes On)” song to him. Basically I just figured any criminal records get wiped when you turn 18 so it wasn’t a big deal. By the end of it, he even warmed up and it turned out to be a pretty funny day.
What’s been the worst day job you’ve ever had?
I’ve washed dishes in Sydney, and cleaned toilets in London, but my worst job still goes down as my first job when I was around 13 and I worked for childrens parties at a place called The Fairy Store. But it wasn’t the children that bothered me, it was the music. Listening to the full Spice Girls album on repeat the entire day everyday can easily transcend you to borderline insanity.
Sex, drugs and groupies – In what order do you prefer them and how often?
Don’t sex and drugs generally come under the same territory as groupies? So I pick Groupies first, because that also automatically lists them all as number one.
Take us back to the first gig you went to. Where was it and what was the venue?
The first gigs I went to was watching my dad’s band The Church from side of stage as I was too young to go into the audience. But it was an amazing feeling the first time I got to watch the band from the front of stage. It was at a venue called Selina’s in Coogee, Sydney. My sister Neige and I were still underage so one of our dad’s friends who was a make-up artist decided to do up our hair and make up and walked with us to the front entrance. She then gave us both a lit cigarette to hold and the security guards let us right in!
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
To be honest, I don’t download music much at all. I did the free Napster thing a fair bit when it started, but I’ve also bought tracks and albums off Itunes. I get most of my music these days off our drummer Zac who often makes me mix CDs of his favourite albums. As far as The Kicks, we are heading into the studio in January so will have something released and available for download early next year.
What’s the farthest you’d go to win over a new fan?
At one of our shows we gave away our riders to a few audience members who danced so amusingly for us that it seemed they were putting on their own show while we were on stage. It was more like a bribe for them to come back and do it again at another show.
Right, here’s the plug section – tell us about upcoming gigs/tours and releases.
The Kicks are playing a Christmas party Saturday 18th December at The Workers Club in Fitzroy in Melbourne with The Demon Parade , Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party and Dirt Farmer. There will also be free beer so get down early so you don’t miss out on the bar tab!