No Mad Karma


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

SYE: I was born into the Music /Entertainment industry my Father was Frankie Vaughan  at  end of the 80s I cut some tracks with Preston for  my Band “The Bird Tribe” – We still working togerther in No Mad Karma!

AIDOS:  I think my first inspiration was my father, who was a famous Kazakh composer Mansur Sagatov – well known for his symphonic stuff mostly. Being a kid I just admired the music he was listening to, the way he scrupulously wrote those tiny note symbols in a score.

PRESTON: My school Band Sanctuary got signed to Polydor Records – Phil Collins was a member for a while (thats where he started the  2 Drummer thing). We recorded our Album in Rockfield Studios Wales – Amazingly Same place I Produced the No Mad Karma Album – ROCKFIELD – It’s Still Rocking! The Kinks “All Day and All Of The Night” actually really inspired me in School to get some Drums and kicked it all off!

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now  

SYE: Donny Hathaway, Sly Otis Redding/Hendrix/Ian Dury/Billie Holiday/Andre Crouch/Isley brothers/ Ohio Players/Joni Mitchell/James Brown,Tower of Power ,War ,George Clinton,Herbie Hancock ,George Duke,Miles Davis,Leon Russell,Carlos Santana,Bob Marley,,..all of these artistes influenced and inspired my style

AIDOS: Luckily I was born in a music-theater family so I grew up soaking in three types of music: classics, pop-rock and Kazakh folk. So in classics Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich compositions obsessed me, in rock The Beatles, and yes! I’m an absolute Led Zeppelin maniac ))) , in folk its Kurmangazy. (famous XIX century folk composer who wrote fantastic pieces for Kazakh main instrument Dombyra. Of course all that music and all my listening experience is the basement for my own creative laboratory – it’s always exiting to realize you’ve created something that was never done before.

PRESTON: Telstar by The Tornadoes was the first thing I remember hearing and it sounded like it came from Outer Space – Even now the Joe Meek production is incredible (I later found out that he engineered some of Sye’s Dad’s hits!)! Plus a lot of names on Sye’s list – Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, The Kinks, Santana, Frank Zappa, George Duke, Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie  –  actually the list is toooo long and They all inpact on everything I do today. Music Is The Key to Life!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

SYE:  playing and performing all of my life ( since I was a child travelling in the shows with my father and family) and writing and poetry since school

Aidos: I’ve been playing and singing for more then 20 years now as a lead singer and composer of Kazakh band URKER, and 3 years as composer and keyboardist for No Mad Karma. Earlier I was mostly known as a classical pianist and composer.

PRESTON: I have been playing since I was 14. Started writing while I was working in the studio with Kate Bush – She was quite an influence in showing me that anything is possible in Music, there are no rules and to believe in what you are doing!

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?


5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

SYE: Writing the english lyrics to the Original Kazakhstani top line,which AIDOS originally sang in Kazakh and I had the task of coming up with the English lyrics ,.around the shape of his melody ,.and then later being asked to take over as lead vocalist with No Mad !!!

And of course the Recording of this crazy fusion album with Preston, AIDOS,Jaellee ,Phil and the rest of the crew.,!!!!!

ADIOS: The moment you realize that you’ve created something which other people may love

PRESTON: Being The Drummer on Kate Bush’s Tour Of Life especially our week of dates at Hammersmith Apollo and Playing onstage with Paul McCartney at Theatre Royal Drury Lane!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?