Steve Robertson from KOBI looks at how they spent 2012.

Kobi

 

This is the first of a series of reviews from acts that we classed as “One’s to watch for 2012”. We asked each of the acts the same questions,  so let’s with the band we described as “Voyeuristic,Multifaceted,Challenging” we start with the easy questions….

Who are you?

We are Scottish alternative indie rock outfit KOBI

How has the music world treated you  in 2012?

 

It’s been a fun year and we will feel blessed by the experiences we’ve had this year, if someone had told us a year ago that we have been on the BBC alba coverage for Belladrum, play King Tuts in Glasgow twice and get a crack at the Clash Arena for Rockness I’m not sure we would have believed them.

Kobi

What was your favourite gig of the year?

Rockness was an amazing experience as we were the first act on any stage on the Sunday they were still opening the tent barriers to let people in when we started playing but by the end of our set we had a good sized and appreciative crowd, we also had a blast at the Ironworks Summer Showcase in August which was our first non-festival gig of the year in the Inverness area.

What acts/gigs that you have seen have stood out for you this year?

From established acts seeing Friendly Fires at Rockness and Newton Faulkner at Ironworks was very inspirational from emerging bands here is a wee list of a few that come to mind.

Non-local acts: Miniature Dinosaurs, The LaFontaines, Dingus Khan & The Winter Tradition

Local bands: Matchstick Maker, Team Kapowski & Fallen Riot

Have you got a favourite album of the year?

Primal Scream – Live in Japan,

What would you like from The Claus?

A publishing deal and a radio plugger but would be happy with some more guitar pedals! You can never get enough! (just ask our Gary in our band if you don’t believe us).

Who are you keeping an eye open for in 2013?

The Voyarse

KOBI

What are your hopes and plans for your music for 2013?

Next year we are focusing on writing and recording our debut album as we spent this year focusing on our live CV and opted to put out a stand-alone digital single.

Got anything to plug?

We’ve recorded a single with Calum & Nick from CMPS at Bogbain Farm and had it mixed by Grammy award winner Steve Orchard in London, a press release with more info will come out in January with the single being available from late March.

You can see KOBI for the last time this year as they open for Glasvegas on the 5th of December (tickets, if available via www.IronworksVenue.com) . For updates check KOBI’s Facebook page.

You can read our other reviews of the year and sign up to our mailing list to see who is on our list for 2013.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs