Five young men from Monterrey, Mexico, now living in Los Angeles, have taken full advantage of their opportunity to record with Dust Brother, John King.
“We produced our first four albums by ourselves,” said Kinky keyboardist Ulises Lozano. “We were always in control and had the final decisions. We were a five piece band and now with John we are a six piece band.”
King’s resume seems a natural match for the high energy band and its non-conformist attitude. The producer’s experimental approach blazed a new path for the likes of the Beastie Boys, Beck and Santana.
“For me, it’s really cool working with someone who is not American or English. Kinky have a whole other place they are coming from musically which is exciting for me,” said King, who co-wrote the songs with the band. “They don’t have the same inhibitions that American and English artists do. And it might just be them, not just that they’re from Mexico but that they’re very free and open to so many things. That’s the way I am. I’m completely open to so many different styles and ideas.”
“We try to combine our roots,” said singer Gil Cerezo, who becomes a chef when describing Kinky’s music. “The salsa and the spicy Latino ingredients that are in the food, we put them on our music. But we try and combine it with the things that are interesting for us like electronica, rock, soul and funk, and hip-hop. That combination is Kinky.”
“I’m really not sure if this record is different than they’re other records. I don’t really know,” said King, who wasn’t interested in comparing this record with the band's previous work. “But it’s going to be something that I like listening to and that’s all I really have to rely on when I’m making records is if it sound’s cool to me.”
Kinky’s new album will be released Oct. 18.