The Mostar Diving Club is the work of writer, composer and lead singer Damian Katkhuda. Latest single ‘Lovely Bones’ (as heard being played on BBC 6Music by Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq) is taken from his fourth album ‘Here Comes Joy’. Produced by Pete Hobbs of The Boy Least Likely To, jangly guitars, cellos, choirs and mellotrons combine to create an intimate musical landscape over which he reveals the wisdom of fatherhood.
GIGsoup caught up with Damian ahead of the bands heading show at Bush Hall on March 14th to talk about all things Mostar Diving Club:
How did you come up with the name Mostar Diving Club?
My father’s family originates from Mostar in old Yugoslavia. As a right of passage into man hood you have to dive of the old bridge in the town …….
They have a diving club. I took the name….
What artists have influenced your sound?
All the old folkies and film music/Nick Drake
What was the inspiration behind ‘Lovely Bones’?
Looking after the kids and showing them the way to navigate through life
What are your plans and hopes for 2019?
Make more music and have people hear it. This is my ninth album so I’m glad people are catching up!
What were your favourite albums of 2018?
Don’t know when they were released but I’ve listened to a lot of Half Moon Run, Marika Hackman, Big Thief, Agnes Opel, Bon Ivor
If you could give one tip to any aspiring bands what would it be?
Only do it if you’ve got staying power and a thick skin.