The album, which features local talent as backing, was recorded in Kalpa's own Studio 11; a true ode to his unconventional style. Although no one could ever doubt that his method is unsucessful, MODE is a true testament to what Kalpa is all about.
MODE, which launched on October 11, brings an escape from reality, whilst dealing with heartbreak and regret. The album, littered with sax melodies, is a remarkable journey into the mind of the ever creative George Kalpa.
Mahalia: What/Who sparked your passion for music?
George: I did piano lessons as a kid and I hated it. I wasn't excited by learning other peoples' music. When I started writing my own sh-t on piano, it became something I enjoyed doing. I picked up the guitar when I was 15 and never put it down.
M: Your music is so different to what I've heard before, is this style what you personally enjoy listening to?
G: Thanks. I listen to everything from black metal to hip hop. If it's honest and real I appreciate it and enjoy it one way or another. When I was making this record I was listening to a lot of darker stuff from the 80's and film scores so that influence definitely found its way in there.
M: Tell us a bit about your new single and video clip, Leave That Street Alone.
G: Leave That Street Alone was a demo floating around in different forms over the better part of a year. The main synths parts were backwards samples and the percussion and sax came afterwards. I had the track playing when I was driving home one night and saw a laundrette in the corner of my eye. From then on I knew the song lived there and the idea for the video came. It was a great day.
M: How do you go about writing your music?
G: Everything starts as an idea, rough or solid. Having the studio on hand to document ideas is great because if I get that music first take I can use it wherever it needs to go down the track. I don't have a stringent process for writing music, if an idea comes I get it down and that's it. In the past when I would sit down and say "I'm writing a song today", it wouldn't happen. Well it might have, but I would have axed it the next day.
M: You're a distinguished filmmaker, why the transition into music?
G: Music is something that will come with no matter what other mediums I work with. It's a massive part of most other artistic forms.
M: Where do you see yourself in ten years' time? What would you be doing?
G: Making films and music. Hopefully not having to lug the heaviest gear on the planet anymore, whether it be an amp or light.
M: What's something that people wouldn't guess about you?
G: Listening to this album you wouldn't guess that I'm a pretty positive dude.
The stunning video for Leave that Street Alone is directed by the man himself!