Interview With Kev M

Where are you from?
Hull, England
Members and their instruments?
Kev M, guitar, bass and vocals
What does your band name mean?
It’s just a shortened easier to remember version of my name
What genre do you consider yourself? Why?
Indie rock because my music is guitar lead and my songs are very much indie.
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing for about 20 years but been more focused as an established performer for about a year
What drew you to music?
There as always music in my house growing up so my dad I guess
What are some of your most influential bands? Why?
Oasis because of the simplicity but greatness of most of their songs. Nirvana for their DIY ethic.
What was your first song?
The first song I can remember ever writing is called ‘Can’t Be Bothered’ – there’s a version of it on my Youtube and I play it live from time to time.
What is your song writing process?
I generally start with a chord progression I really like and try and build a chorus from it then i’ll start humming some lyrics/a tune over the, until the words come.
How has your music evolved since you began playing?
When I first started I was writing songs with riffs and quite punk/grunge. Then I figured being a solo artist I need to write more tuneful and chord based music.
What songs do you perform the most often?
‘Swipe Right’, my summer single is always in my live set and so is ‘How Did You Know’
Do you play any covers?
Depending on the length of my set I sometimes do one or two. ‘Being Around’ by The Lemonheads is my go to cover, I love that song and the lyrics are fun.
Do you have a set play list?
No, I have a handful of songs I know that i’ll play live but I mix it up. There’s usually at least one new song that i’ve never played live before and if i’m playing at a venue i’ve been to before i’l look back on the old set list and change it up.
Is there a secret meaning in any of your music?
Then it wouldn’t be a secret! No not really.
What is your favorite part of working in music?
Writing a great song and getting it out there. With the internet I can write a song, record and produce it and release it of sorts within a week.
What is your least favorite part of working in music?
I’ve not come across anything I don’t like yet.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? If so how?
Well I was extrememely nervous for my first two or three live shows and I just got on with it, I didn’t do anything specific. It got easier.
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
15, an old guitar based down to my from my uncle Tony.
How do you describe your music to people?
Indie rock
What image do you hope your music conveys?
Positive I hope. A lot of my songs are about relationships so maybe of someone a bit sad I don’t know
Where have you performed?
The Springboard Festival, Humber Dock Acoustic Festival, The Service Station and other bars and venues.
Do you have any up coming shows?
Not right now which is weird as I usually have one or two lined up.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Getting my single ‘Swipe Right’ released digitally on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc and playing at The Springboard Festival.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a band?
Just getting started really. Having the get up and go to have a go at it.
Are you happy with the current success of your band?
No, i’m happy about getting on festivals and playing gigs and being able to release my music but I want to be playing to tens of thousands of people singing my songs back to me.
What is the ultimate direction for your band?
Hopefully getting some management/help with getting on a uk tour
What steps have you taken to get there?
I’ve got my music out there and send out press releases
What steps do you still have to do?
Who knows??
How do you feel about the internet and the music business?
It’s amazing, just the immediateness of it .
What is your favorite concert you’ve attended?
Cast at The Welly Club in Hull a couple of years ago. Such an amazing band.
What do you do besides music?
Gamble, drink, watch movies.
What is something you would like to tell your younger self?
To get my arse moving and start focusing more on my music .
What is your favorite song? (not by you)
At the minute it’s ‘Lullaby’ by Gerry Cinnamon.
What do you wish you spent more time doing 5 years ago?
Writing songs.
What advice do you have others wanting to start their own bands?
Just go for it. Don’t think it’s impossible to get started or your music out there.


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