Last week Steven was interviewed about all things band related by the Hong Kong based blog Twenty Bliss which is a rather natty blog/ website which covers all sorts of creative endeavours from photography, art, music and film culture to food and more.
You can read the full article/ interview here: http://www.twenty-bliss.com/post/75805782772/thelittlekicks
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TB: Introduce yourselves!
TLK: We are Steven, Andrew, Lewis & Scott. Collectively we combine to make up the band The Little Kicks. We do have a 5th member in that we have a Roland Sampler for all the tricky bits from the album we need in the background live and we call him Sandy.
TB: How did you guys get together and start making music?
TLK: I guess we all played in various bands in our hometown (Aberdeen) and met through mutual friends, seeing bands/ going to see music shows. Just hanging out, chatting and getting to know each other. The band has been going for a wee while now and a couple of members have come and gone, but this last album and this unit we have now is the best we have been. It certainly feels like we’re a gang of our own now, which is what a band should be like.
TB: How would you describe your musical style?
TLK: We would describe our music as upbeat indie disco pop. Sometimes we play fast songs and people dance, but we have been known to play the odd slow song where tears have been shed! Generally, we use a mix of guitars and synthesisers to make our music, which we then play live as frequently as possible and preferably to a busy room! Feeding off the crowd is important to us hence why we love tiny sweaty clubnight shows!
TB: What are some of your influences?
TLK: We listen to a lot of music from old to new and as a set of individuals I’d say we cover all grounds between us which helps when working on ideas as everyone is coming from somewhere different. Collectively we love bands like Chic, Whitest Boy Alive, Phoenix, Idlewild, The Beatles, Foals, Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac to name a few. Thats the kind of stuff you would most likely hear in our van on tour. Individually, we are all pretty different and each have more than a few guilty pleasures which will remain secret.
TB: You’ve toured all over the world - what are some of your favourite cities to play in? What’s been your best gig so far?
TLK: I cant speak for us all, but I (Steven) feel like our first trip to Germany was very special- having had no idea what to expect on the drive there and be met with packed venues was amazing. On the opposite end of the scale, another show which sticks out was supporting Public Service Broadcasting in Edinburgh last year at the 1500 capacity Picturehouse. Probably one of the best gigs we have played performance wise and in a venue we had always wanted to play in.
TB: We saw you play at The Lemon Tree - what’s it like playing your home town compared to larger citites/festivals, like T in the Park?
TLK: The Lemon Tree in particular is very special to us. Kids would often dream of playing there. Whenever we play there, it always feels as exciting as the first time for me and we love it. Playing at home in general is a massive buzz. We try to be quite savvy and not play too much there so that when we do it’s more of an event for both the crowd and us. We tend to try and play in weird places (see the album launch pics on Facebook) or do something special. To be honest, it means a lot to me that people would invest their time and money in our band and to come and see us whether its at home or away - it really means a lot. So we try and treat every gig the same. T In The Park is still thought of very highly in our minds, but in truth we did it just after we started and I wish we could go back now with the knowledge, songs, ability and approach we have now as I feel like we would have got more from it (industry-wise). As a performer, the experience of playing to a packed tent at such an institution was amazing - it was something I’ll never forget.
TB: You recently released your third album, Put Your Love In Front Of Me, what’s next for The Little Kicks?
TLK: Right now, we are plotting a Spring tour to return to Holland/ Germany via some dates in the UK- so thats exciting. In February, I will be playing a couple of solo shows to road test some new songs. The album was a lot of work and we are immensely proud of it so a follow up will be tough, but we have tentatively started to work on some new material. There will definitely be a single from PYLIFOM in the Spring so thats imminent also and being discussed shortly. So we were quiet over Xmas and January but it’s all go now!
TB: And finally, what’s on your iPod? What are you listening to at the moment? And what’s on there that you don’t want anyone to know about?
TLK: I have two massive playlists on my iPhone at the moment which are being flicked between depending on my mood. One is a more downbeat playlist which has Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver, Nillson, Simon & Garfunkel, film OST’s (The Master), classical stuff, Brian Eno and various miserable stuff. The other is a much more upbeat one for a better mood and I’m currently on that one! It has various songs from Kanye Yeezus, Arcade Fire Reflektor, Arctic Monkeys AM, Daphni’s album, Boy & The Bear, Young Fathers and others. My favourite discovery lately is probably the Bobby Womack album from last year and I love Damon Albarn’s new single. I’d probably be embarrassed if folks saw that I have some classical stuff/ the film OST stuff there as some of it is quite soppy, but the definite standout for embarrassment factor there would have to be Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”- certainly a guilty pleasure.
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