Dublin, County Dublin
OKO was borne out of a number of collaborations at Bottlenote Festivals and concert series in
2010 and 2011. The band features guitarist Shane Latimer , keyboardist Darragh O’Kelly
(Republic of Loose, Niwel Tsumbu), percussionist Shane O’Donovan (Dublin City Jazz
Orchestra, Isotope) and turntablist DJackulate (North Strand Kontra Band).
The group improvise between skeletal compositions, drawing on a wealth of influences such as
krautrock, vintage TV shows, free jazz, noise, dub, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, musak, metal and
more. Their music shifts from lush synth-drenched sculptures to tight hooks and loose grooves,
singing melodies, robust scratching and liberated improvising.
Since their formation, OKO have performed in Dublin’s underground music scene and have road
tested their music at various indie Dublin venues including Whelans, Grand Social, Workman's
Club & The Twisted Pepper. These appearances drew such acclaim that OKO were hired for
festival slots at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, LINK Culturefest, Lunasa Festival and
Galway Jazz Festival.
Having spent eight months working on their debut album it is set for release in late 2012 on
Diatribe label with the assistance of the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme.
Shane Latimer- eight-string guitar, electronics
DJackulate- turntables, sampler, uileann pipes, kaval
Darragh O'Kelly- keyboards, synthesizers
Shane O'Donovan- drums, percussion, sampler