Kai Motta is an individual who, over the last three years, found the right musicians to help convey his message. Kai Motta is the songwriter and singer. The musicians are the musicians.
What are your non-musical influences?
Bill Hicks, John Fante, Lenny Bruce, George Orwell, Mark Thomas, John Steinbeck, Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Woody Allen, Fyodor Dostoyevski, Albert Camus, Knut Hamsun, Noam Chomsky, John Pilger. Man and the world, history, politics, culture, philosophy, psychology, war, religion, Jackson Pollock, Picasso.
How would you describe your music and what you’re trying to do through it?
My music is a combination of primarily folk and hip-hop with other elements of musical sources and genres mixed in. A working title for it is ‘Hip Folk ’ as folk and hip-hop are synonymous in the way that they were both musical mediums for the people to vent their ideas, ways of perception about the politics of their epoch. So I guess through blending the two I have come to this point so far. It’s obvious I have a message and through music I’m trying to get people to hear it and like I’ve been inspired by Dylan and Bill Hicks like they were inspired by Guthrie or Lenny Bruce hopefully people will be inspired by me and start looking at the world from a different angle, not just the one they’ve been taught to look from.