Alternative-Rock band The Kid And I have today released their new single, 'Fade Away'. We spoke with the band's frontman and guitarist Jacob Powell.
OSM: Please tell us a little about The Kid And I's background:
In the band there's me, David Whitmore (bass), Henry Avedian (drums) and Roddy Lynch (lead luitar).
We've all been involved in music for a long time in one way or another - David having played in loads of London bands and myself having played with Bandini, Big Wednesday and Brain Ape to name a few.
The band formed officially in February 2022, but it originally started as a solo project in my garage in 2020. I always wanted to record and release my own music, so during all the free time COVID provided I was able to learn basic production skills and recorded the first four singles. After this when things started opening up again I began playing open mics and acoustic gigs just to start getting myself out there. Whilst this was going on I decided to go to a proper studio and that's where Fade Away came from! After finishing it I realised I needed a proper band to play these songs and that's when the band hunt began! Roddy and Henry I knew as we had all gone to drama school together and David I found by posting adverts around on Facebook, and he thankfully reached out and then the band was fully born!
OSM: 'The Kid And I' is a memorable and interesting name for a band. How did the name come about?
The name 'The Kid and I' came from my dad - when I was little, I think I had maybe watched too many American films and started calling everyone Kid - and from there my dad would call me Kid - and I guess cause originally it was a solo project its just me saying that it's me and me! It's also a reference to The King and I too!
OSM: We absolutely love your new single. ‘Fade Away’, it is so ferocious! What was the songwriting process and are there any interesting stories around the recording?
It actually started like 10 years ago. I wrote a much simpler version of it in a band I had called Bloom (big Nirvana fan) and the song basically stuck around. Over time I started rewriting it and that's where the full thing came from! When recording it, I decided to go to a local studio in Letchworth called Unit Studios - a few other bands had gone there and had really loved the stuff coming out of it. I began working with one of the producers there called Nick Kozuch and was an absolute dream! The best thing for me was all the crazy stuff he added in - like adding drum machines and vocal effects - things which I had maybe thought of but never felt confident enough to fully explore. It definitely feels like a massive step up from the previous material and I can only thank Nick for that!
OSM: What are the band’s plans for the year ahead?
So the plans for the year ahead is basically get super tight as a band and play as many gigs as we can and release as much music as we physically can aha! Before the band started properly I had recorded three singles alone (Fade Away being one of them) and so the next step is for us to actually record as a band which is going to be very exciting indeed! The goal as well is to have an EP recorded by the end of the year for an early release next year, fingers crossed anyway aha!
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
If I could change anything in the industry, it'd probably be the fact artist get paid so little for their music - mainly via streams - compared to what the big companies are actually making for themselves. It shows such a lack of respect for the people creating art - and of course it a business and of course it's been this way since forever - but it just seems on the outside (as I'm fairly new to this so what do I know) that there has to surely be a way to get around this and a better solution for everyone. If anyone has one let me know!
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
Someone who I'd love to share a stage with would be Sam Fender - I think right now he's one of the best songwriters around and is really tapping into something incredible and I can't wait to see him live and see where he goes next!
OSM: What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
I think the best thing about being in a band is the feeling of being in a cool gang - like you're doing something really exciting together and everyone getting to just be friends and also be creative at the same time and build a world together - it's what I love most about it and I can't wait to see where it goes! The gigs as well are awesome and so much fun!
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
For me I'm flipping between IDLES and Fontaines DC - both bands are making incredible music and they're really inspiring us in where we go next - such powerful music and great lyrics too!
OSM: Do you have any shows coming up, where people can see you perform live?
We've got quite a few gigs coming up atm! So we're playing in Exeter on May 26th and then the Engine Rooms in London May 27th! We've got a bunch of gigs in June too which haven't been announce yet but hopefully will be soon!