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"DAKARPO – Notes In Another Order EP"

Tired of music being all about inane pop, a group of serious music fans from the NSW hinterland decided to combine their love of prog, classical, folk, conservatorium jazz, funk and introspective songwriting to form DaKarpo, a name that would be really deep if it was in English, so you can only imagine how deep it must be in another language! Defying the establishment with their anti-mainstream DIY approach, DaKarpo featured a female warbler in the operatic vein of Katie Noonan, and traversing the coast in their overpacked and funnily painted van with a cute name, DaKarpo built an enthusiastic following throughout the community and festival circuits, playing West End a couple of times. The six songs from their debut EP are darkly epic from-the-heart productions that speak about the beauty of life, if only people would stop to look now and then. - Rave magazine

"Gig review"

The phrase “sweet but sinister” sounds like a description for an arsenic lined sponge cake in a 1950’s gangster movie. But when it was screamed over the crowd at a recent performance by Northern NSW band DaKarpo, it was meant as a compliment. One the band members now promote with pride.
It may seem a little strange that a rock band would use the word sinister, which has such dark and brooding connotations, but DaKarpo’s lead singer and songwriter Celeste-Ann offers an alternative explanation. “When we first heard the words we didn’t even think of the true meaning, it was more of a feeling and we felt, yeah, this is us – sweet but sinister.”
To the quartet who met whilst studying contemporary music at the Conservatorium in Lismore, their music is anything but dark and brooding. “The phrase epitimises our efforts to bring emotion to our performances, to make our audience feel something through our music” eludes Celeste-Ann.
Bringing a mix of rock, funk, jazz and blues, DaKarpo’s original arrangement has captivated and enlivened many audiences along the way. “Our lyrics are drawn from everyday experiences, things that people can relate to” describes Celeste-Ann.
And their efforts have certainly paid off, already hosting a legion of fans across Australia and overseas 2007 is fast becoming the year DaKarpo cements their future in the music industry. With their debut album due to be released in July this year and an enviable list of performances lined up, Dakarpo will be one band you won’t want to miss.
- Rave magazine


Dakarpo - self titled ep release year 2006
DaKarpo - Notes in another order Release year 2007
radio play on Bay fm community radio - Byron Bay
Triple z - Lismore
Many others listed on Myspace



DaKarpo is a fresh, feisty four-piece band, hailing from beautiful Byron Bay. With a sound described as “sweet, yet sinister”, DaKarpo’s genre-bending repertoire leaves audiences energised and astonished.

A combination of several musical styles is smoothly woven together with the solid, driving drumming of Nathan Poetschka, the funky, melodic double-bass sounds of Adam “Adzy” Wojeski, the striking six and twelve string acoustic guitars of Liam Blake, the sexy, sounds of Aron Stclair on saxaphone and the soaring, dynamic vocals of Celeste-ann Chapple. The band members’ passion for music is communicated through their ‘danceable’ original songs, which are inspired by artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley, the John Butler Trio, George, Michael Franti, Tool and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This is a band that really loves music and enjoys sharing their influences with their audience.

Upon meeting in 2004 at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, where they were studying music performance, the three founding members of DaKarpo created a strong bond, both in music and friendship. Within a few months the band had written several hours’ worth of thoughtful and well-constructed songs. Then, they decided it was time to take their music to the people!

After two years of solid gigging in and around the Byron Bay area, DaKarpo has tightened and refined their sound. The band has played at a broad range of events including hotel gigs, private parties and small festivals. At a benefit gig, DaKarpo performed with ARIA-nominated songwriter Pete Murray.

DaKarpo’s songs The Fridge and Blasé have been featured on Triple-J’s ‘Unearthed’, and The Fridge was used on the ABC in a segment about reconciliation. Their song Monsta and an original composition by Liam Blake are currently being used behind two clips by Hatchling Productions which have been entered into an online competition for the International Documentary Filmfestival in Amsterdam.


Movie Trailer: (Featuring "MONSTA")

Waru the Carbonator: (Featuring "Happy Song")

DaKarpo’s highly-anticipated debut studio EP Notes in Another Order was released on 3rd November 2007. The album was recorded at Top Cat studios in Alstonville by local legend Brad Wann. It features leading North Coast artists such as Wild Marmalade’s popular percussionist, Matt Ledgar. The EP’s final mastering was done at Sterling Sound in Chelsea, New York City.

The name DaKarpo is based on the Latin, “Da Capo” which means ‘the head’ and is a musical term meaning “Take it from the top!”