Interview by Jo Blackened
Hey Kieran and thanks for your time today! This must be a great achievement for you being only 16. Exciting times for you so far?
Haha awesome times! Every is really going the way i want it too! I don’t feel 16, have been working for this my whole life, and am not going to stop working now.
How did this all begin for you?
I got offered by a promoter to play a local gig at a venue in Glasgow called Ivory Blacks supporting Vlad In Tears. I had to go to venue and make sure it was ok as I was only 16, the owner allowed to me to play as long as I was out by 22.00. I played the gig and Vlad In Tears manager Holger Mordhorst got in touch with me after the gig. The rest is history I guess.
You’re based in Glasgow, how is the local reaction towards your music so far and why do you think it was a German Management label that found you?
I guess the scene for this sort of music is bigger in Germany. I have some friends in Glasgow and know people who are into this stuff but it is rare.
How has your family reacted to you towards your music career? Have they always been supportive?
I am very lucky in that my parents support me fully in what i do. I find it heart breaking when parents do not allow their child to follow their dream whatever it may be. If parents don’t support you, they are not doing their job. My dad is really into music and my mum is really into horror movies so I get the best of both worlds.
Have you always been into music and do you play any instruments yourself or come from a musical background?
I really don’t remember a time when I was not doing nothing musical. My dad likes music and plays a bit of guitar. I started going to concerts and festivals from a really young age and then knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do.
Has it been difficult juggling between your music career and your education?
If you become the president, don’t complain about having to wear a tie Haha! I mean, yeah there are times I get stressed out but Friday is my last ever day in school so I wont have to worry about it any more. At the end of the day, music is the priority. That is what I want to do with my life, don’t want to be science teacher!
What do you think made you stand out from so many other teenagers wanting to be in the music industry?
I feel really humbled that I was noticed, thinking about the sheer number of bands and artists that are out there. I work very hard, a lot of people wanna be a ‘rockstar’ but when it comes down to it wont put the hours in. I am a bit of a workaholic and wont let anyone or anything get in the way of me and my goal.
You’ve already had experience being on stage. What would you say is the best thing about playing live?
I guess its the whole vibe of it. Like the adrenaline you get from it is unlike anything else. It’s also awesome to be able to scream your head off and go crazy and at the end of it people cheer for you. I have a lot to shout about and its awesome to express it to people who listen and hopefully relate.
You recently visited Berlin to record your first single ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight’ a Cutting Crew song. How was your time there & what made you decide to cover this song in particular?
Berlin is amazing! Beautiful city and beautiful people. Ich liebe Deutsch Mädchen! I chose IJDIYAT as it is not only a great song, but has very dark lyrics. The lyrics are gothic although the song isn’t, I felt that this could be played on the same way Manson did with Sweet Dreams.
This is a track that has been covered before. How do you feel your cover differs to previous ones already done?
I personally love Dommin’s cover of the song, and was very aware of it. To differ from this, I did not listen to the song near the time of recording and made it my own. When I listen to them now together it sounds like different songs.
What was the experience like filming your first video? Was this your first time in Germany?
This was my first time in Germany. The best way I can describe the video was cold! We done it late at night outside and looking cool doesn’t normally mean being warm haha. I would do a take, I would hear ‘Cut!” and then I would have a jacket thrown on me by Holger, he doesn’t want to kill me …. not yet.
Your single has just been released today – 14th of May 2015 (worldwide digitally) and will include your own song ‘21st Century Bitch’ on the b-side. What was the process of writing/recording this and what is the lyrical content about?
All my songs are very personal. I’m not very good at talking about things when I’m upset so all my emotion goes into the music. 21st century bitch was about a girl who I was involved with… turned out to be a bitch (hence song tittle). I don’t really do relationships, as when I do it never goes well. I don’t like to get too involved with people and don’t like people getting too involved in me. This particular girl was very manipulative and played me. I’m no saint… but I’m convinced she was the devil haha!
Do you have a date for an upcoming full length album?
I do not have a release date for the album as of yet, but I’m off to LA for 2 weeks, Vegas for a week, then off to Berlin to record the album at the end of July.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
That really depends haha! Musically, like bands like Kiss, Manson, Motley Crue are who I grew up with and love. Recently I have been listening to a lot of old Misfits and Motionless and White. Although I take influences I really don’t want to be like anyone else, I want to be myself.
You have quite a strong image. Is this something that came naturally or something you felt you had to do to reflect your music, or get noticed?
It’s a bit of both. I have this image because this is how I like to look. This is how I choose to express myself. On the other side, nobody wants to see 5 dudes on stage in jeans and t-shirt’s singing songs. You got to stand out to be noticed. It’s really sad but there are millions of talented musicians who will never get noticed, as they look just like everyone else.
Do you have any plans on touring in the future?
For sure! But need to see how recording goes first.
Do you have any preparations you need to do before singing/recording?
I try to get into the same mindset I was in when I was writing the song, that way I can really get the meaning of the song across. I warm up my voice and really just give it everything I have, because once it’s out there, it’s out there for good.
If you could tour with any band, who would it be & why?
Would love to tour with Manson or Zombie! I think I would get on really well with them haha! Plus I would be able to watch them every night too.
What is your ambition/goals for the future?
To still be alive and doing this! I’m really clumsy and don’t get on too well with stairs. My family will be sitting downstairs and just hear… THUD! SHIT!! so yeah. My goal is to be the best the biggest band in the world. If you’re gonna aim for something, aim high. A lot of bands say it, but it’s true, there is no real ‘rockstars’ anymore.
What bands/music genre do you personally like to listen to?
I listen to a lot of stuff! Right now have been getting into the Static Age Misfits stuff, Motionless. Really liking some newer bands like We Are Harlot and New Years Day. Obviously love my Manson, zombie, Murderdolls, Type O Negative stuff. Also been recently been getting into Placebo, Reckless Love and Die Antwoord. I try to relax to acoustic stuff to like City in Colour, Leonard Cohen and Dan Reed’s new stuff.
What do you like to do outside of music? Any hobbies?
Haha nothing! Music is everything to me! I keep fit and see friends but am normally kept busy.
If your home was on fire and you could only grab 3 cd’s, what would they be?
Fuck Cd’s! I’d be grabbing my cats and dog! Haha. I would have to say Kiss Alive, Shout At The Devil, and Static Age!
Thank you again for your time, do you have anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
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