Five Questions With… Korto

Band: Korto
Country of Origin: France

Korto is one of the latest bands to emerge on the thriving French psychedelic scene, and while they’ll certainly appeal to fans of kindred spirits like Slift and Melody’s Echo Chamber, they’re also rapidly carving out their own particular niche. Korto’s music celebrates and is fueled by simple pleasures (more on that below), but there’s a complexity to their sound that makes that’s kept their 2017 self-titled LP on repeat here in the Garage. Perhaps their Bandcamp page says it best: “Korto is a diesel motor launched without mercy on the highway of supersonic kraut rock married to space punk and drugged by synthetic pop.” Take a trip with the boys in this week’s cosmic “5 Questions With…”.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Akron/Family – Love is simple
Maserati – Inventions for the new Seasons
The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.

2. How did the band members meet?

We have met in college in Chambéry (FR), studying the same courses.
We have spent our time smoking a lot a weed together while listening to music, as everyone does (?)

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

We come from the French Alps from a little village called Bonne… and there are awesome bands such as Eyes Shaker, Nurse, Smutt, Peter Parker Bones, les Punks Sportifs & many more. There’s a venue near by, called le Poulpe with 2 gigs per week… probably a nice band-maker out there.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Smoke weeeeeeed everyday
Artistic madness of our “non-artistic” friends
Girls who just want to have fun

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

We have played so many particular shows in different ways. We could tell about a show in Bordeaux (FR) in June, it was the very last show of the first leg of the tour, an outdoor show with more than 1000 people. During the tour we use to play in several clubs / pubs and venues in Europe, more or less crowded…, and this one was a kind a reward for what we’ve done before!


Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."