The Orange KyteNot long ago we posted the track “Dope: 86” by The Orange Kyte on Step On’s New Music Radar.  We enjoyed the tune so much we decided to subject Stevie Moonboots, the brains behind The Orange Kyte, to our 20-question interrogation.  He was kind enough to oblige and had this to share…

StepOn: What are you listening to right now?

Stevie: Right now? The insane ringing in my left ear. I have chronic tinnitus. But to my right is the latest Elvis Depressedly record. And it is a joy to behold. It is balancing out the chaos of the left side. A pretty tall order.

What was the first LP/tape/CD  you  remember owning?

‘I Should Coco’ by Supergrass. Still a record I enjoy immensely.

What are your favourite bands?

My favourite band/act is probably Death in Vegas. Definitely an act worthy of far greater celebration. I owe my whole perspective on music to the discovery of their Contino Sessions record. Through Death in Vegas I discovered krautrock, proto-punk, minimalist techno, psych, Suicide, Hank Williams, The Byrds and basically all of the subversive off-kilter stuff which now serve as my daily bread and butter.

Why do you live where you do?

I relocated from Dublin, Ireland to Vancouver, Canada just over 3 years ago. I just needed a change of scene and thought it was worth a shot. I’m still here so I guess it was. So far, so good.

What is your favourite journey?

The US west coast, from northern California to Washington.

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Hangover-free and productive. The great outdoors by day and making music in the evening. In summer I’m a beach bum by day, especially on Sundays.

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

A book, portable music, a sense of humour and a lot of patience.

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

Home to Ireland to see my family, it doesn’t happen often enough. With a three month journey back to Vancouver via South America. Can you arrange this?? (Step On:  ask us in 10 years)

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Generally I will get lost attempting to find museums and galleries and end up in a bar having lost a shoe or two.

What inspired you to take up music?

My Dad. We got guitar lessons together when I was a little kid and he was a big kid. I’m lucky enough to have been brought up in a musical household. My mother and father’s joint record collection was an introduction to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the Stones, and all the traditional cornerstones of good ol’ rock n’ roll!

The Orange Kyte

What was your most memorable day job?

I can’t remember.

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

To get better day jobs.

What should everyone shut up about?

Donald Trump. The dickhead doesn’t deserve the attention. Although I’ve just brought him up. I’ll shut up now.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what the menu be?

Syd Barrett and a bag of oranges.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

John McClane, yippee ki yay motherfucker!!

What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?

All and any Death in Vegas show I’ve ever seen, and any Nick Cave / Grinderman shows I’ve ever seen. Grinderman at Summercase Festival in Madrid was pretty special.

What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?

Dangerous Minds, Brain Pickings, Consequence of Sound, Al-Jazeera…

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.

I would say the book Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley & for film I’ll say The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky. I’m a huge fan of Gasper Noe’s Enter the Void movie also.

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

Monthly singles with The Orange Kyte for the remainder of 2016. Plus two or three singles with my other band Strange Things. Busy. A trip to Austin via LA for Levitation Fest. Good times ahead!

Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?

Don’t consider someone a hero unless you’ve met them and they prove worthy. But you really should try being your own hero. Something, something, false idols, something, something!

Thanks Stevie!

Be sure to check out the Bandcamp pages for The Orange Kyte and Strange Things.