By Eric Mackinnon
The Dogtooth stage
Saturday, June 10
Genres are blurred lines now and bands don't need to be put in categories any more insists Kerr Okan of Scottish band The LaFontaines.
Packing their gear into the van at their Motherwell base for an anticipated slot at this summer's Download Festival the band, who are equal parts rock, pop and hip-hop, are excited about their Donington debut.
But reflecting on their past touring schedule which has seen The LaFontaines hit the road with the likes of N-Dubz, Professor Green and Twin Atlantic, frontman Okan says genres don't matter any more.
“Whether we’re conscious of it or not we probably do fit with a number of genres in some way,” Okan tells The New Rock Times.
“I remember when we toured with Twin (Atlantic) there was a lot of kids at the show (not like Olly Murs level kids, but kids who were new to their double figures). I think at some point throughout the set, I thought it would be best to maybe not swear that night.
“Not because their little ears couldn’t handle it, but I just had a feeling it wouldn’t be appropriate. Also I think genres are such a blurred idea now anyway – when Twenty One Pilots are the biggest rock band on the planet and Stormzy is doing tunes with Linkin Park, its time to stop putting things in boxes.”
Within a year of The LaFontaines forming the five-piece were playing T In The Park and a year later had music spinning on the Radio 1 playlist but Okan says the band never stopped to admire their accomplishments.
“I don’t think you should ever really look at things like that,” he commented.
“When you start to sit back and admire all you’ve achieved, I think you can become pretty stagnant. Festivals, radio spins and the like’s can all be fleeting moments – we always look at progression in terms of how many of our own shows are selling out. So in that respect we are doing okay.”
The LaFontaines will make their Download Festival bow on Saturday, June 10, with an mid afternoon slot on The Dogtooth Stage which Okan says he 'is buzzing for.'
“A couple of the boys went a few years ago and I believe they all had a magical time,” he said.
“I'm pretty hyped to see Machine Gun Kelly and Prophets of Rage but I really hope MGK leaves his acoustic guitar in the house though.”
He continued: “I still get that twinge (playing big shows and festivals), although I think its excitement more than nerves. I don’t think we’ve played nearly enough festivals yet to answer that honestly though.”
With yet more buzz surrounding the band on the back of a hugely successful debut album and a slot on the prestigious Download Festival, its all systems go for Okan and the rest of The LaFontaines gang.
But the frontman himself just wants to keep enjoying the ride.
“Man we just want to make music, play shows and have a laugh. If the world continues to let us do that, then we’re set,” he adds with a grin.