Hull band Nkata to support Charlatans' Tim Burgess
A group of students at the University of Hull have landed a top debut gig with one of the country's biggest indie singers, Tim Burgess.
Electro act Nkata will support the Charlatans frontman when he plays at Tokyo in Anlaby Road next week.
The talented bunch impressed the star after getting in touch and sending over some tracks.
Will Davidson, 22, and Jake Buckley, 21, started the group, and recently welcomed singer Mary McGovern, 19.
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Jake said: "Nkata is a place, and more specifically a coastal resort in Malawi, it's where Will was born, and so we thought, bit of heritage, nice-sounding word.
"Our sound is a contrast of live instrumental music and modern jazz with an electronic guise. It's mainly chill out ambient music, but with diluted urban beats.
"We're now adding vocals and we're in the early stages, so we don't quite know ourselves yet."
Nkata was formed in April as a studio project. The lads knew what type of music they wanted to write and produce and things began to pick up in September.
Although they will perform a warm-up gig at Koo in Newland Avenue, on Sunday the Tokyo gig, two days later, will be their first major performance.
"It's a real privilege of course," Jake said. "In fact it's hard to comprehend just how cool it is to open for such a seminal artist. We're very excited indeed.
"But more than anything, given his longstanding career, he must have listened to so many bands and artists, so we're very conscious of putting on something a little different. We want to hold our own on such a high-profile listing."
Jake said he's a big fan of Tim Burgess and described The Charlatan's release Up At The Lake as a "stonking album".
Jake said: "I love the work he's done with the Chemical Brothers and I'm really enjoying his new album Oh No I Love You.
"In fact, we are having a crack at a remix of the track White at the moment."
The group are influenced by the likes of The XX and Alt-J and have written and produced their first demo – the Edinburgh Mix 2012.
Jake said: "We had to do it in a week to be in time to give out 100 free copies on the streets of Edinburgh during Fringe Festival.
"We're looking forward to playing Tokyo, it's such a welcome venue and another step forward for Hull's growing artistic and creative scene.
"On the night we will introduce Josh Leach playing bass and Mike King on trumpet.
"We have been given 25 minutes for the set, and we intend to fill it solely with music. It will be wall to wall sound."