Hiya Kibbokid thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I’ve known since I was a kid that I wanted to do something creative. There was a lot of music in my home growing up, but I flitted between acting, dance, and music before finally settling. No one in their right mind would want to see me dance nowadays.

The clincher was having inspirational music teachers and a strong group of likeminded friends as a teenager. Even then I still didn’t settle down; over the intervening years I’ve moved around a lot in music, pop, rock, jazz, film music, orchestral concert music, and now… this. I think this varied background is reflected in what I’m making now. There’s a bit of all of that stuff in my music.

Whats the live music scene like in London right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

Extremely varied. There are many international touring acts, of course, but also many grassroots artists/events across all genres. I couldn’t single anyone out!

Ive seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It’s very difficult. We’re at a confluence of different factors. The dominance of social media as a primary means of music promotion means that artists, as well as completely mastering all the aspects of their craft, also have to be media moguls, skilled in promotion, film making, copyrighting, photography, this list goes on… The streaming model is also fundamentally broken. It over-prioritises artists that already have very large followings and it is very hard to break through that.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

With regards to kibbokid: outside, over the hedge, two fields away. But I kind of like it this way. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

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Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I think that most creative people don’t set out to cause offence with their work. I think that context and intent matter greatly to people like me. I think that all we can do is hope to find an audience that have a similarly nuanced view of creativity and life. Puritans have always existed –I would advise them to listen to something else. Some instrumental ambient music maybe. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I think that record companies are pushing overly-simplified, digital-sounding music because that’s the kind of thing that AI can churn out at the drop of a hat. They’ll finally be able to dispense with pesky musicians altogether.

What was your best experience on stage?

I’m yet to take kibbokid live, but in another guise I got to work on the Albert Hall stage which was very cool.

What was your worst experience on stage?

As a dancer, being under the weather with a bad cold, having to come off and being shouted at by the director for spoiling her tableau! 

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.

I don’t listen to music in my free time. I’m much more likely to read or watch a film.

What are the next steps you plan to take as an artist to reach the next level?

I will be releasing my first album… in the near future.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

The single is called ‘It Stands to Reason’. It was inspired by hearing angry callers on talk radio during the nightmare period of the Brexit referendum. The phrase ‘it stands to reason…’ was a common refrain. The song distills a lot of the angst, anxiety, and anger of that time… as well as a dose of sympathy for those without power. 

What was the recording process like?

Very isolated. I actually started recording bits of the track during the Covid lockdown. I ended up performing and recording everything myself. It was a good mental escape from the other big thing going on at the time!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

By far the production aspect. I spent a long time chopping and changing sounds and structure. The music goes through a number of different sonic ‘zones’. Negotiating those and making it flow took quite a while.

Would you change anything now its finished?

No. Nothing is ever really finished, but now it’s out there it feels like a chapter has closed. I spend a lot of time tinkering with my music, but there’s a certain stage where you just have to let go lest the madness set in!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Just that I hope you enjoy the music. Follow me on Instagram because there will be more exciting announcements coming soon…

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