Album - Olla Kalla
23 are Loui Jemison and Demelza who perform and record as a duo in a progressive,
ethereal. holistic, New Age genre.
Kalla is the debut album for Key 23 containing ten tracks, nine of which are vocal
tracks, and one which is instrumental. Much of their inspiration for writing and
recording the music contained on this album comes from the beautiful landscape
Celtic region of Cornwall.
As True As (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Shiva (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
A Gift (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Vanadis (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Reflections (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Can You Feel? (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Sure Drift (L. Jemison) Panama Music Library / Cringe Music
Now (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Bless The Mess (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Close (L. Jemison / L. Robinson) Scamp Music/Key 23 Music
Key Twenty Three is the rich, silvery voice of Demelza and the unique grooves of Louie Jemison which together form a kind of 'Sacred Rocksteady' music. 'Olla Kalla' is their debut album, with influences from Celtic rock through Indian chants to trance dance and beyond.
As a little child I always sang. I made up songs about everyday things - 'going up a hill' or 'going down the road' all warranted singing about. I sang in the school choir, I sang in the back of the car. I irritated my siblings but I did not stop.
My brothers (12 and 9 years older than me) had quite an effect on my early musical tastes. I was given tapes of the Stones, Captain Beefheart, Pentangle and Hendrix while my contemporaries were listening to the Bay City Rollers and the Jackson Five. My eldest brother went to Jamaica and came home with loads of singles - I became instantly and incurably moved by that reggae beat. All my pocket money went on new singles and I began hanging out in the most inappropriate places. As a young teenager I would take the tube to Dalston market in London to find that beat I loved and strike up conversations with Rasta men about King Tubby, U Roy, Dillinger, Jah Whoosh and other heroes of that time. I would sing about freedom and slavery and the Black Star Liner. The records reached my heart - the heart of a girl shut up in school learning crap she hated who longed for freedom.
Slowly my singing went underground but I listened from the moment I woke and couldn't sleep without hearing music as I nodded off at night. These were the years of Pink Floyd, Dylan, Hendrix, Tangerine Dream - over and over and over again.
Then a big life change occured. I had a child and moved to Cornwall where I learned about Steiner education and the appropriatness of the pentatonic scale around young children. The music I had heard all my life did not fit into this world but I learned lots of new songs to sing to my child, we had songs for everything we did and song wove through all our days.
I had a group of friends who played instruments so I took up the challenge of the mandolin, using tablature as I don't read music, and we played lovely old Cornish tunes (most of which are naturally pentatonic and simple in structure.) So we diddley diddleyed together and I persevered and learned quite a lot of tunes. We played around some clubs and outdoor events but mostly just had fun. For a change I would play the bodhran to give my fingers a rest from the cheese wires of the mandolin.
After that band had run its course the mandolin hung on my wall for many years until one day, when a friend was going into town, I took it down and asked him to sell it. Just as he was getting in his car I shouted 'See if you can swap it for a mic!' His return, with the mic, was the birth of Key 23.
My lyrics are inspired by my life experiences and my passion for chanting.
I was born on 2nd November 1979, the day Channel Four first aired and, as far as I know, the day Pink Floyd released 'Brick in the Wall' as a single. I listened to 'Dark Side of the Moon' a lot whilst in the womb and had progressed to 'The Wall' by my early twenties. As a lad I was blown away by Enigma's 'Sadness' and the 'MCMXC' album, in my teen years I listened to U2, the KLF and Yello, absorbed the reggae of Bob Marlry and Black Uhuru and got goosepimples at the more sublime moments of Roy Harper, Enya and Clannad. What I really love is music that uses minor keys, solid rhythms and atmosphere to be both relaxing and uplifting.
Philosophically I have been inspired by the words of Rudolf Steiner, Robert Anton Wilson, David Icke and, more recently, Vladimir Megre's Anastasia and the Ringing Cedars of Russia series. My hero is Bill Hicks, who I feel was to comedy as Jimi Hendrix was to guitar playing (and who likewise found fame in Britain and died far too young), whose philosophy of speaking the truth, exposing lies, living in the moment and imagining a beautiful future remains an ideal to continually strive for.
Key 23 at myspace