Kav Temperley has played a major role in the success of Australian three-piece, Eskimo Joe, as both the front man and an award winning songwriter. He’s also been integral in creating the soulful collective Basement Birds, starting the small indie record label Dirt Diamond Productions, and as a role model and champion for Oxfam’s “Close The Gap” campaign.
Eskimo Joe climbed steadily into the hearts of Australians from the day triple j first spun “Sweater” on their airwaves. The band’s clever pop creations were infectious – scoring them their first Australian festival slots as well as a Gold plaque for debut album, Girl, kicking off what has been a massive career.
Successfully straddling mainstream commercial success while managing to keep their Alternative Music roots secure, over their career, Eskimo Joe has racked up a list of impressive stats, both commercial & critical awards and recognition. Three of the band’s six albums debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts with juggernaut “Black Fingernails, Red Wine” shining for 62 weeks in the Top 50 and “Foreign Land” bringing home 2 APRA Awards for Most Played Rock Song on Australian radio and Best Rock Song of 2010. Eskimo Joe has had 35 ARIA nominations in their career thus far taking home 8 wins, 25 WAMi Award Nominations thus far taking home 11 wins plus saw 11 songs feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100. The band made history with 3 songs in the finals for International Songwriting Awards in one year plus brought home a career 3 ISC Awards.
On the live front, Eskimo Joe have performed at huge events such as, Sound Relief, Live Earth, Make Poverty History, ARIA Awards, Big Day Out, Homebake, Splendour In The Grass, Triple J’s One Night Stand and Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA. Along with numerous tours of Australia, their music released to great acclaim in the US, Canada, Europe and Korea with festivals and sold out tours to boot.
Basement Birds, a 4-piece collaboration between Kav and 3 other well-known Australian songwriters, was only intended to be a fun little side project but quickly drew a large fanbase and achieved an ARIA Nomination for their one, and only, self-titled album. The group also performed at the APRA Awards 2010.
As a founder of indie label Dirt Diamond Productions, Kav has mentored, written and recorded with the lovely Kathryn Rollins. He took on the role of Producer for her first EP, Reckless, which gained attention from national radio and media outlets.
In 2014, Kav struck out on his own for a 3-month tour of Australia in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Eskimo Joe’s “A Song Is A City”; Presenting the much-loved album in full complete with stories about the band at the time of it’s original release. Moving into 2016 and beyond Kav is focused on co-writing with various artists and producers at events such as 50 Songs in 5 Days, mentoring young up-and-coming songwriters and championing his position as an APRA Ambassador. Kav is currently recording and will release his debut solo EP in 2016.