Purple City Disco is a 5 Piece funk and RnB band from Edmonton AB ,that consists of Conor Wall(vocals), Karina Farina(keyboards/vocals), Melvin Kratky(guitar), Peter Joshua(drums) and Scott Love(bass)
Purple City, the group’s local homage to an Edmonton urban legend, can be seen at night if you stare into the floodlights long enough at the legislative grounds. If you know, you know. But what about the DISCO ?
“Keeping Disco in the name was important.” Says Scotty Amos the band’s bassist who goes by stage name Scott Love. “It was influential to our writing and image, but for us Disco was never purely about a sound, but a vibe. Disco is that place that everyone wants to be at, dancing and having a great time.”
The group, which first debuted as Disco Porn in 2018 & was formed by Love, Kratky original drummer David Blouin. The band would soon solidify it’s lineup by adding lead vocalist Conor Wall and classically trained keyboardist and supporting vocalist Karina Farina.
The original lineup would go on to record 2 singles and a live music video under the Disco Porn moniker, but after the pandemic and a temporary hiatus, a fresh start was needed and the decision was made to re-brand and officially change the name to Purple City Disco in fall of 2021.
In early 2022, Blouin and the band parted ways and the search was on for a new stick man. The band would officially announce Peter Joshua as their new drummer in April 22′ and would make his debut as Purple City Disco opened for the notorious Electric 6 at The Starlite Room in late April and it’s been forward motion ever since.
After Electric 6 , Purple City Disco had a momentous year opening for the likes of Five Alarm Funk, BrassTactics and we’re direct support for disco legends Boney.M December 9th and 10th of 22′ at River Cree Resort and Casino.
“I think when we added Peter, it really just took our live performance to the next level. His touring experience goes way beyond anything the 4 of us have done in the past, and we are just really grateful to have him on board with us going forward.” says guitarist and lead riff writer Melvin Kratky.
Heavy influenced by Funk and RnB, the bands sound has evolved over the years yet still manages to include, as keyboardist Karina Farina puts it “a few musical surprises”. Always working to push forward the band strives to bring a captivating experience to live audiences with each performance more memorable than the last.
The work has paid off as PCD kicked off 2023 playing a local JUNOFest Edmonton showcase with Carter & The Capitals , and FKB then followed that up with a spring of local performances and played 2 festivals over the summer including their second appearance at Inter.Sect Music and Art Festival.
The band recently released its latest single “Rent Free” which was recorded at Red Bear Records Studio and is available on all major music platforms and streaming services. Reid also produced Purple City’s first two singles “Moonsugar” and “Could It Be You” released in 2021.