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Cookin' On 3 Burners - Baked, Broiled and Fried

Author: Darryn King
Friday, 24 August 2007
The Hammond-driven funk of Cookin’ On 3 Burners is anything but half-baked. 3D’s Darryn King ventures into the kitchen.

It’s been seven years since Steamed Up - how’ve you changed since then-
Back then we were focused more on jazz and playing the classic jazz organ trio sound, now we lean towards the heavy raw funk thing.

So how would you describe the sound on Baked, Broiled and Fried-
Dirty funk to shake your peas and gravy.

You did an instrumental cover of the Gorillaz’ Feel Good Inc. for the album - can you tell us how you go about making that fairly recent track something unique to 3 Burners-
When searching for a track that we could make our own but still pay homage to the original, Feel Good Inc. was the perfect option. Having the instrumentation of organ, guitar and drums instantly shifts the track into our territory and its strong melody works great as an instrumental. It’s also a bit of a throwback to those albums you used to get where an instrument was featured, like Hammond a-go-go, that would have all of the latest tunes featured on them.

Is it fair to say that the Hammond Organ is pretty underused in modern music- What sort of artists from the past do you look to for inspiration for your sound-
Actually, the Hammond organ is in more tracks than you think, it tends to sit in the back of the track and give goodness without sticking its neck out. We give quite a nod to artists like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff as well as bands like The Meters and Booker T and the MGs.

You all received music training together at the Victorian College of the Arts - how much do you think that put you in good stead for your careers as musicians-
The College of the Arts was a great place for us as it was where we hooked up and started jamming more than a decade ago. They also gave us plenty of hints on how to play our instruments.

You guys are so busy, not just as part of this band, but individually in your other projects - how do you find the time-
It can be tricky at times, but we dig the music and playing together so we find the time. Huwston has a hard time booking us because our other bands are either full-on Australian renowned individual performers or bands with more than eight performers so it can be really messy to coordinate, but we get around, we make it happen and nothing is really taken as a priority over another.

WHO: Cookin’ on 3 Burners
WHAT: Baked, Broiled and Fried out on Inertia / Knowfoowl
WHEN: Tuesday 28 August