Cookin’ On 3 Burners Interview

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

The Cookin’ crew are spread out across inner northern and eastern parts of Naarm/Melbourne.

What’s been happening recently?

We’ve been hard at it pushing the word out for this brand spankin 7 inch vinyl release. Cookin’ On 3 Burners are pretty DIY these days, running their own label Soul Messin’ Records and building on our community of funk and soul lovers worldwide.

How would you describe the band’s sound to a first time listener?

Sweet soul and dirty dancefloor funk.

Your latest single ‘I’m Comin Home To You’ featuring Stella Angelico is out  now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

We wanted to write a stomping soul banger that makes the most of combining our classic organ trio breakbeat sound with Stella’s 60s vocal leanings.

How did you come to work with Stella and how was the experience?

So great! We’ve been collaborating with Stella for the last couple of years live and she totally kills on stage. This new single was an awesome opportunity for us to capture some of that fire on record. The writing process was pretty sweet too, Stella got on a great vibe lyrically and was into all the musical ideas we put forward – we actually got four tracks written and recorded over that period.

What does this single mean to you?

Coming home to where the goodness is – where it’s been all along.

Where and when did you record and who did you work with?

We recorded the guts of this tune live to analog tape at our own Soul Messin’ Studios. Our Hammond organ player Jake Mason was on tracking and mixing duties and we all co-produced it. Once we had the mix feeling sweet, we took it to local legend Lachlan Carrick  for mastering. We had the vinyl pressed in Germany and it’s super warm and punchy.

You’re playing on Friday 15 September at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, what can we expect from your show?

We are going to do a banging instrumental funk set and then a full set of vocal tracks with Stella Angelico. We also have the fabulous HAYCH playing support with her new band and PBS FM’s own Miss Goldie holding it down on vinyl duties between sets.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Lotsa local legends Surprise Chef, Menagerie, Izy, Thndo, Steady Weather, Elle Shimada, Joelistics – get across them!

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023 going into 2024?

A hot new full length album, some feature shows and some festival spots.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Marios Brunswick Street – so old school, so good!

‘I’M COMIN’ HOME TO YOU’ is out now.
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