Cookin’ On 3 Burners

Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo.

Listening to Cookin’ On 3 Burners is like poking your head through a time portal that stretches between the year you were born and the middle of next week. On one hand, there are clues to a spiritual home that’s situated somewhere in the back streets of 1966, but on the other is a reinvented soul stew that’s very much a product of the 21st Century.

What’s your name and what do you?

I’m Dan West and I am the six string guitar slinger for the hard-hitting Hammond Organ trio, Cookin’ On 3 Burners.

What kind of music do you play? What best describes your sound?

Sweet soul and dirty dancefloor funk for the people. We like to describe our sound as the future sound of yesterday.

What would you say is your biggest influence?

While we take a bunch of our cues from a plethora of dusty old classic late 60’s soul, funk, and boogaloo, we are also inspired by the incredibly lively soul music scene of our hometown Melbourne. From stalwarts like The Bamboos and The Putbacks to the fiery next generation coming up such as Kaiit and Fulton Street, there’s a lot of heat in this music at the moment and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.

Where’s the best club/venue you’ve ever played?

Definitely, a venue called Alcazar in Trastevere, Rome. The vibe was electric and we even had the Roma based B-Girl crew ‘Wild Up’ come down and strut their stuff – awesome!

And the best festival?

We feel fortunate to play any festival but the main stage at Port Fairy last year was a real highlight for us. We had our regular amazing vocalist Stella Angelico set that stage on fire that night as well as guest vocalist Tex Perkins. We also performed after the Rockwiz Orchestra with Marlon Williams who we are all really big fans of. That was a big one for sure.

Where’s the most unique festival you’ve been to and what was so special?

We played an awesome show in Sendai, Japan at a Jozenji Street Jazz Festival the festival is staged in the foyers of buildings, in shopping arcades, parks and plazas exclusively for a few days. Right before our set there was a massive downpour and we thought ‘Oh no, this is not going to happen’ but with the help of an amazing volunteers team, we got the stage dried up, the sun came out and so did the people! The show turned out to be a real highlight of the tour.

What was the most difficult festival you ever went to and was it worth it?

You’ll have to wait for the tell-all CO3B autobiography for that one 🙂

Have you ever traveled somewhere that you feel has influenced your life and music that you play/produce?
Everywhere we go we meet new people, artists, musicians and DJs and grassroots event promoters and we draw influences from all these travel experiences. Going to the UK to perform last year was a great opportunity as the soul revival there (particularly in the North) has been really supportive of us. My family is all from there going way back so I got to connect with some of my family histories which were great.

Where’s your hometown?

We are all based in Melbourne, Australia

What’s your favorite local bar/restaurant/bar/club?

Bar 303 in High Street Northcote. It’s not pretentious, has drinks prices to suit our musicians budget and they even have a house Hammond B3 Organ which makes load in a breeze for our Hammond player Jake Mason. They also have great live music every night of the week.

Where’s your favorite clubbing destination?

Kashemme in Basel, Switzerland – this club feels pretty DIY (lots of party lights, upcycled wooden furniture, and graffiti) but it has an awesome sound system and a great line up local and international hip-hop, funk and afrobeat DJs. It’s a great late night / all night venue!

Is there something you can’t travel without?

Headphones and downloaded google maps – great for getting around a new area that we are usually not spending too much time in as we are on tour. Also, I can’t travel without spare room in my suitcase as I usually hit the vinyl record stores and vintage shops between soundcheck and gig.

What travel destination would you recommend our readers add to their bucket list?
The Tate Modern in London, it’s so massive and even though I visited it twice when we were on tour last year, I didn’t even touch the sides – amazing contemporary art and it’s free. Double thumbs up!!

Where was the most surprising place you discovered a big musical influence?

Funk 45 DJ and event promoter ‘Selecter the Punisher’ played an amazing set before us in Marseille, France. Literally, every track he played was one of our favorites and some of his collection we’d never seen on 45 (7-inch vinyl) before – strictly bangers!

You’ve got a new album Lab Experiments Vol. 2 coming out later this year, what location/city did you record them in?

We recorded that at Jake’s studio right here in Melbourne’s Eastside

Did you write any of these tracks while traveling or are any inspired by traveling?

The closing track on Lab Experiments Vol. 2 is called ‘Garden Of Freedom’ and is a shout out from the Cookin’ On 3 Burners family to everyone going through the struggle of global displacement. Featuring the heartfelt vocals of Melbourne’s own Simon Burke – frontman of The Meltdown.

Where can we see Cookin’ On 3 Burners play over the next few months?

We are celebrating the launch of our new album with a bunch of shows in the next few months – see you there!
Friday 31st of August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 7th of September – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Saturday 8th September – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh, VIC
Thursday 20th September – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Friday 21st September, Mitchell Creek Festival, QLD

Any current travel plans for the rest of 2018 outside of touring or for touring?

After our release and tour schedule, I am heading to Crystal Bay in Koh Samui with my family to swim in the ocean. I haven’t been to Thailand before so am looking forward to checking it out – from a deckchair!

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for having us and see you at the show readers!