HOT TAKES: Getting to know Ar/Co

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Q1 – Who is in your band?

We are Leo Stannard and Mali-Koa.

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

Imagine if MGMT and Daft Punk met at a dusty desert rave, something like that. Maybe Empire of the Sun and Rufus Du Sol are also kicking about at this party. We just want to make music that makes us feel good.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

Night Feels. It pretty much encapsulates what we’re trying to do – fun, free, in the feels.

Q4 – What is the plan for rest of 2023?

We’ve had a wild year and all that’s left to do is turn up to the studio every day for about another month and see if we can make any magic. We’ve just come off tour so it feels exciting to be back in the studio, making music we love after seeing a bit of the world.

Q5 – What is one song you wish you wrote?

Daft PunkAround The World.

Q6 – What three bands or artists inspire you the most?

Daft Punk for production, Empire of the Sun for melodies and and Gorillaz for the artistic vision.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

We’re just about to announce our first headline tour! UK dates first then closely followed by a small run of shows across Europe. The live show is where the AR/CO world really comes to life so come join the party.

Q8 – What zoo animal represents the personality of your band?

Puma – small but mighty.

Elizabeth Birt

December 26, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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