Interviews Many Things About

Many Things About…BOKITO

Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, London five-piece Bokito on the other hand are here to ricochet those lifeless limbs into an uncontrollable frenzy, look no further than their debut single ‘Better At Getting Worse’.

Afro-pop, funky indie, however you’d like to label it, the band abandon the tireless genre blocks which bind us in this era and embrace a joyous freedom – and we can’t stop smiling. It seems our readers would also agree, with Bokito leading the voting poll in the last edition of our #BitterSweetPlaylist from the get-go, crowing their debut song as our readers’ favourite out of the bunch. So in oath to our promise, we present a one-on-one intimate chat with the band and it gets pretty revealing (you can thank us later).

How did Bokito come to be?

Jody Lahart (Bass): Myself and Moses met at college in Dublin and formed an indie/folk type band, we were together for about 2 years before I moved to London and Mo followed a year later. It took us ages to find other like minded musicians. I met Joe at a one off rehearsal and asked him to come down for a jam, we clicked straight away, he added lots of nice tickley bits that made the songs much more interesting. Tom was a gem we found on gumtree, he came down and straight away added a groove and feel we’d been looking for for ages. Sam’s still pretty new, he adds that final bit of texture that brings the songs together.

What’s the first instrument you learned to play?

Moses Moorhouse: I learned how to play guitar when I was about 14. But then found a style when I was 18 then failed to learn to better myself to this day!

First band you saw in concert?

Sam Cahalin (Keys): My first gig was Blur in Manchester when I was 14 and it absolutely blew me away.

MM: ‘SIX’ who were the winners of Ireland’s edition of Popstars back in the early 00’s. They were playing at some family festival celebrating a boat (welcome to Ireland). They sang their hit ‘Whole Lotta Lovin’ twice and then just walked off the stage. I knew then that this is what I have to do with my life.

Do you like to sing in the shower?

MM: Yes. And the toilet. And brushing my teeth. The bathroom has created many of our songs!

Why should we listen to Bokito?

Joe Mashiter (Guitar): So you can tell your friends that you were listening to Bokito before it was cool to listen to Bokito.

JL: We try to be positive in our music, the lyrics can be dark but we deliver it in a positive manner. We’re playing The Great Escape in Brighton this year and I was on the website checking out other bands, they’re all striking a moody pose and look like they’ve been told Christmas is cancelled or something, it’s not, crack a smile will yiz? Have the craic. It’s the 90s.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

MM: “Just please don’t fuck this one up” – My Dad as I was moving to Dublin…And London…And the start of every relationship and job I’ve ever had. It’s great advice that I’m sure will one day rub off on me.

JM: ‘Don’t think of yourself as an ugly person. Think of yourself as a beautiful monkey! (Jim Morrison)’ I think that advice suits our band haha

If you could live in another era, when would you choose?

MM: Probably BC Ireland. I’m short and hairy and have a weird body shape so it would be nice to fit in for a change.

Favourite pastime?

SC: I can do a headstand for like 5 minutes before passing out.

What’s the best thing about music?

MM: There’s truly nothing better than people making their own mind about what music and lyrics mean specifically to them. Especially with myself since no one can understand what I actually say most times.

How do you take your coffee?

JL: I don’t take coffee, but I’ll have a tea please.

MM: You are an idiot. Black coffee is the most superior drink in the world.

Who’s the most played artist in your music library?

MM: At the moment I can’t put down a compilation album called ‘Ghana Special’ which is full to the brim with some tasty little African funk tunes.

A song that you know all the words to is…

MM: ‘Till The End of Time’ by Justin Timberlake. I can never get sick of that tune.

Tom Houghton (Drums): Coolio ‘Gangster’s Paradise’

Do you have any hidden talents and if so, what?

MM: Rather gross but I can turn my belly button completely inside out.

SC: I can do a headstand for like 5 minutes before passing out.

JL: You mentioned that already.

SC: I know but Moses’ is disgusting and I’m trying to keep things light.

MM: Can any of you do that to your belly button?

ALL: No.

MM: Then fuck ya. It’s a talent.

If you could get a selfie with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

MM: Peter Dinklage so that people can FINALLY start seeing that we are not the same person.

What’s coming up for Bokito this year?

JL: Loads of gigs, festivals, hopefully loads of festivals, more recording. We wanna play as many gigs as possible, it’s where we’re most at home and we really get the chance to show folk what we’re about. We play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on the 20th of May so make sure you come and see us live, bring a spare t-shirt and underwear it’s gonna get sweaty.

Bokito’s debut single ‘Better At Getting Worse’ is out now on Lost in the Manor Records. See the band up close and personal when they play The Great Escape Festival on 20th May, remaining tickets are available here.

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Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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