VIDEO: Check out the new Nakamarra EP launch and an interview with drummer Silas Gregory

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Above video courtesy of Glass House Productions.

CELEBRATING the launch of their EP, Island band Nakamarra set Quay Arts alight with their distinctive sound on last Friday (December 2).

The indie electronic five piece, with their atmospheric grooves and infectious hooks, were supported by electronic duo Uhuru and singer songwriter Ever.

Silas Gregory, drummer and founder of Chalkpit Records, said: “We were really taken aback by the Island’s support. It was really nice to see so many people coming to support live music on the Isle of Wight.

“Quay Arts was a great venue for it too and the support bands were really good.”

Nakamarra launch their CD Zacapa at the Quay Arts Centre. From left, Jamie Sprosen, Alex Benson, Charlie Jones, Silas Gregory and Joe Watson.
Nakamarra launch their CD Zacapa at the Quay Arts Centre. From left, Jamie Sprosen, Alex Benson, Charlie Jones, Silas Gregory and Joe Watson.

Looking forward, Nakamarra are hoping to get some more gigs off-Island before heading back into the studio and preparing for the summer. The four track EP, Zacapta, will be available online from Chalkpit Records, iTunes and Spotify on December 16, which is when the band will also play their last gig of the year at Quay Arts.

The ever changing face of the music industry has made music more accessible, but services like Spotify present their own unique problem for smaller bands like Nakamarra.

“It’s a broader spectrum of the people who hear it, but unfortunately the artist does not benefit from it,” said Silas.

“It’s quite a generational thing, because someone growing up now, streaming is what you’ve probably grown up with. The site is free so you just expect that music is now free.

“It’s a changing perception of what the value of music is, so it means you have to really get out on the road as much as possible.”