Introducing: RODINA

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Lovely, loping soundscapes and twisted beats from Leeds duo…

YOUR NAME: Aoife
BAND NAME: Rodina
WHAT DO YOU DO? Sing
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND? 5 years

GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1) Its not like most other music out there at the moment – quite a stylish mix.
2) It will help you wind down after a long day.
3) It will make me very happy.

WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Beach.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST … RECORD? Michael Jackson – Thriller.
CD? Madonna – Like a Prayer.
DOWNLOAD? Koop – Island Blues.

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
My own music festival in the back garden!

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I love dogs so I would become a professional dog walker in San Francisco – apparently it can make a lot of money there.

“Too many ideas!”

PLEASE CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES …
There are too many to mention because the other guy is my partner! I call him Ike as a joke. Biggest differences are when we are choosing songs to record – we have too many ideas!

WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Well, a bit obvious but after the Olympics I think Jessica Ennis is a real inspiration for young people and it’s great that it’s in sport. After studying art in Leeds it’s great to know that some of my favourite artists are from Yorkshire – David Hockney, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. There is a great jazz scene in Leeds too to be proud of, like pianist Matt Bourne.

NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
Yasmin Levy – vocals (amazing Israeli Ladino singer).
Kate Bush and her husband – backing vocals and piano.
Jeff Buckley – guitar.
Buddy Rich – drums.
Miles Davis – trumpet.

GO SEE THIS FILM: The Departed.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Black Diamonds.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Ray Charles.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Foxhunting!
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? Leeds.

AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS.
If anyone knows of any after-parties come and see us straight away!

Rodina are playing a series of UK shows including Leeds, London and Manchester in October and have a new album out ‘Rodina and the Wolf’.
More information from rodinamusic.com.

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