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The Khanz, As In Genghis Khan

By Dan Hutton on April 22, 2016 in Arts

Photo: Carol Constançon

Photo: Carol Constançon

The Khanz are a four-piece act from Bondi. These Eastern Suburbs natives have been representing the region’s burgeoning music scene for some time, and have an organic, jungle-dance vibe that sounds like a slushie mixed with pop-rocks. We caught up with Themba, Nick, Kat, Harrison and Charlotte during the month…

If we had to describe our sound in one sentence…
organic jungle dance, like a slushie with pop-rocks.

Growing up our parents listened to… African music, people like Thomas Mapfumo and Baaba Maal, REM, and Northern Soul.

Our dream gig… would be Glastonbury! Isn’t that every band’s dream gig? That said, we’ll take any gig, thank you. Busking at the Junction, Oxford Art Factory, Martin Place, we love them all.

If you come to see us play, you can expect… a high-energy dance extravaganza! And someone will take their pants off.

There was one time when we were starting out… that we entered this battle of the bands at one of our schools and we played a cover of ‘Little Things’ by Good Charlotte and one of our own songs. We cracked open the video last week and it was hilarious.

If we could have chosen one song to have written it would have to be…
“Where Is My Mind?” by the Pixies.

Our favourite song to perform would have to be… ‘Be Somebody’, ‘Ketamine’ or ‘Magazine Perfection’, even though we’ve only performed it live once so far.

The best thing about the local music scene is…
the camaraderie between the bands, despite the lockout laws. In fact, because of the lockout laws; we need each other more than ever and it’s great to see how bands support each other.

One person we’d still really like to record with is…
Mark Ronson, Deadmau5 or the old NWA.

Our biggest fan has got be… Percy. He’s an older dude who came to one of our first shows and has been at almost every show since.

We’ll know we have made it when…
We don’t have to spell our name to people. Or tell them how to pronounce it. It’s Khanz as in Genghis Khan, not as in can.

To find out more about The Khanz, please visit