Interview with Brad Kora of LAB work – The Echo


LAB at Bluesfest

LABORATORY was formed in 2017 by drummer and producer, Brad Kora, following his separation from “Kora”, the famous New Zealand dub/electronics. LAB also includes his brother stu (also from Kora), Joel Shadbolt (Batucada Sound Machine), former bassist of Katchafire Ara Adams-Tamateaand keyboardist Miharo Gregory. Their groove mixes an eclectic mix of reggae, electronics, blues, funk and rock.

Brad Kora says no one in the band has played Bluesfest before. “We are really thrilled to be performing at such a prestigious festival alongside such an amazing line-up. This is definitely a can’t-miss festival for us, and being on stage representing Aotearoa New Zealand will be great. We can’t wait.

Having recorded five albums in five years, Kora says it’s been hard not to tour as much as usual, “but we’re a band that’s always wanted to make albums, so releasing five, in five years, is something we are immensely proud of’.

LAB loves festivals. “We’ve played almost every festival in New Zealand, and the energy that a festival audience brings is always something we feed off of. This will only be our second festival in Australia.’

And who does he want to see? “I would love to see Ian Moss, Midnight Oil, George Benson, Cory Henry. I could go on and on, it’s so huge! These are artists we grew up listening to, and who are true inspirations to us and to the music that we make, and it’s going to be special to see some of them up close”.

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