The members of local band Koka have spent the pandemic working on perfecting their brand of indie pop. Beyond crafting new music, bassist Sebastian Camacho has been updating a Spotify playlist of his favorite songs, in the goal of improving people’s weeks. You can check out “Colours for the People in Cars” here. Camacho is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
That was actually such a random day for me. It was the last day at Desert Trip 2016. My friend’s dad gave me his bracelet, because he couldn’t go that day. I remember waking up from a nap in the afternoon and getting a text from my friend asking what I was doing later. Next thing I know, I’m watching The Who and Roger Waters. I’m incredibly grateful that it was my first concert ever.
What was the first album you owned?
One of my best friends gifted me Axis: Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix on vinyl when I was 15. I had it before I even owned a record player, so it was just sitting in my room for a few months before I could even listen to it.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to a lot of Miles Davis. I recently watched a documentary on him, Birth of the Cool. His life was absolutely wild, and I think his music reflects that.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I really don’t get 100 Gecs. Anybody I’ve talked to about 100 Gecs knows how I feel about them.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would probably have to go with Frank Ocean! I know it’s not anything crazy or out there, but I’ve always wanted to see him live, and I love listening to audio of past shows he’s performed at!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
It’s a tie between either ’80s pop or late 2000s/early 2010s pop. There are so many ’80s songs that are so bad and cheesy that they’re good, and I eat that up (along with cheesy ’80s movies, too). Also, late 2000s/early 2010s pop, because it makes me nostalgic for when I was a kid. The moment I listen to “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga or “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher, I instantly get transported to my elementary school dance, drinking a Capri Sun with silly Bandz on my wrist.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I really like the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. I’ve been to a few shows there, and it’s not crazy big, but it just feels smaller and cozier than other venues I’ve been to. It makes the artist’s performance a little more intimate.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“See the ghost of where I was, lonesome as I was,” “Azucar,” by Earl Sweatshirt.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
The Beatles. I got into them when I was in eighth-grade, and I wasn’t really into much music at the time. I took a “history of rock ’n’ roll” class as a school elective requirement, even though I really didn’t want to, and one of the main bands we learned about was The Beatles. I was obsessed with them for like two years, just listening to only their music at the time. Eventually, my music taste evolved, and ironically enough, I don’t listen to them anymore or like them much (except for George Harrison; he was always my favorite), even though they opened up the doors to my love for music.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
It’s not really one specific question, but I would love to sit down and have a conversation with Carlos Arévalo, the guitarist and one of the songwriters in Chicano Batman. I attended an online workshop he was speaking at a few months ago, and just listening to him speak was incredible. He has such a vast knowledge of music, both as a fan and a musician, and I hope to have a conversation with him one day about everything from gear to influences.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Gymnopédie No. 1” by Erik Satie.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye. It’s an album I’ve listened to thousands of times for the past couple of years, and I always hear something new in it. I genuinely believe it is the greatest album ever made, while also being timeless as well!
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“The Spins” by Mac Miller—or just anything by Mac Miller in general.