Kurtis' debut album 'Foundations' is a 100% live with the exception of one studio track. The recording was made over a two day period. The band set up in Kohinur hall in Byron Bay . The first day was spent in live rehearsal, followed by the second day performing in front of an intimate small candle-lit enthusiastic audience. Tracks were lifted from both days to make up 'Foundations'. The studio track 'Love Me Like You Do' was written and recorded by Kurtis just after signing with Roadshow Music.
Foundations' encapsulates the spirit of the songs, the occasion and the place of its inspirational conception. 16 musicians participated in the recording of the 'Foundations' album including Vanessa Baker (backing vocals) around the core members; Kurtis, Sam & Brook. "They're my brothers" Kurtis says.
And the music is? Musical producer of this album, Murray Burns (formerly keyboard player with Mi-Sex), loved the unusual concept. "No-one's ever done a live debut album before" says Murray . "It's a fantastic way to capture the essence of this R & B music. There is a mystery in his songs, it's hard to put a finger on just what is happening here." Murray describes Kurtis music as "soul/funk with a real Australian flavour". But he also says that's an inadequate description of music that really excites him as a producer. "I'm into songs, and Kurtis is a songwriter in the true sense. These songs have a really good funky rhythm, this music stirs my blood."
With a tight and funky sound, great stage presence, a new album and committed management offered from industry heavyweight, Robert Raymond (Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs; Dragon; Split Enz), Kurtis ' time has arrived.
August 2004 will see Kurtis the band commence an exciting new journey that includes the release of their debut 'Foundations' album. Kurtis plan to tour their music all over Australia .