Check out this alternative rock band making its way through the charts!
KONGOS is a South African-born Greek-American alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny, Jesse, Daniel, and Dylan Kongos. Based out of Phoenix, AZ, the band specialize in driving, arena-ready alt rock in the vein of Muse and Kings of Leon that’s infused with the polyrhythmic cadences of the South African upbringing. They released their debut album in 2007, followed by the platinum-selling Lunatic in 2012, which spawned the hit singles I”m Only Joking” and “Come With Me Now”.
I had an amazing opportunity to interview the band at this year’s Bonanza Campout and you can check it out all down here!
K-UTE: What inspired you all to be an alternative-rock band instead of any other genre?
KONGOS: Someone told us that we should do it! We were trying all sorts of different things (hip-hop/rap, metal, etc.) and it wasn’t working out and then one of our music instructors back at Arizona State University told us that we should try out this alternative genre. We gave it a shot and it started to click!
K-UTE: How long ago after did you guys get big after taking the instructor’s advice?
KONGOS: When we started to add the dance element, it started to take off, especially during performances! The audiences were very receptive towards that.
K-UTE: Out of all of the shows you have all performed, which one was your favorite?
KONGOS: We were doing this show in Copenhagen and it was at this tiny club where 40 people showed up and the couches and floors were dirty. There was this energy from the anarchists in the crowd that was the most interested than any other crowd that we performed for. We don’t know whether it was from their political beliefs or whatever but for some reason, it just clicked!
K-UTE: Out of all the songs Y’all have written, what songs are your favorites?
KONGOS: One song that is our favorite is “I Want to Know” because it’s a nice one to perform! Another one we like to perform live is “Birds Do It” because it’s fun.
K-UTE: If you were to give aspiring musicians and bands one piece of advice, what would you say to them?
KONGOS: Roll your stage cables up quickly! Also, learn how to get on and off stage quickly and really listen to everyone’s opinions because often you are wrong about what you think and how you think your music should be. If you listen to other people, sometimes they give you a little bit of insight!