RGM Introducing – Kestrel Palace

What made you decide to start the going solo?

I’ve been in bands for a few years and I don’t think anyone has been into it as much as I am. They were fun and all but I just thought it would be better for me to break out solo. In a way being in bands held me back.

Introduce us all to your musical history?

I’m a self-taught singer songwriter form Manchester. I’ve been teaching myself guitar for about 3-4 years now and then started writing songs about a year after that. I have never really been interested in having any lessons for singing or guitar because I have always preferred to practice and  learn in my own time really.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

Just playing and writing songs really. That’s what normally gets me through rough stages of my life. I like to experiment with riffs and little licks and before you know it, hours have passed. Also by drinking way too much coffee. That keeps me up and active.

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

I’m recording my new EP in a couple of days so I’m feeling pretty positive musically. I think it should turn out well and so excited to release it hopefully in time for summer. 

How has 2020  effected your mental health?

Horribly to be honest. The only saving grace is being able to play guitar. That’s why I’m so thankful taught myself how to play years ago because it the only thing that keeps me sane. I think everyone is in the same boat though so we all just have to stick together. There will be so much good music to come out of lockdown because there’s been nothing else to do especially from musicians so that’s on thing we can look forward to I guess.

What advise would you give other artists starting out?

Invest as much time and passion into making music as possible. The hardest thing is starting out and you need to prove yourself to people first. As soon as you take that first step of trying to get yourself out there and not care what people think the better. 

Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

When they ask, “So how did you form the band?”. Firstly I’m not a band I’m a solo artist and secondly, there’s only so many times you can tell someone how you started off before it drives you round the bend. 

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?

So excited I can’t even tell you. Can’t wait to get out and gig. I’ve got a few lined up already and I’m hoping more opportunities will come flooding in. just so hungry to get out there and prove myself to people and make someone of myself

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the Manchester circuit?

Persona by Casuals. I heard it a few weeks ago and I’m normally really skeptical about new music but this tune is amazing. I love it. I sounds so raw energetic and down to earth. As many Manchester tunes are.

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Manchester unsigned scene?

I would also say Causals too. They were the first band to reach out to me for me to support them in their headline gig later this year. All the lads are cool and just what Manchester need right now

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

My music hopefully. That’s what the point of a musician isn’t it? To leave a legacy behind where my music outlasts me would be pretty cool wouldn’t it?

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

I am a champion at burning my toast. I don’t think there has ever been a day when I’ve toasted something and atleast half of it isn’t black. I’m awful at toasting things. Like diabolical. I blame the toasters personally.

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Make as many friends as possible. They really help with publicity and appreciate all the positive feedback you get. Don’t take any hate personally. There will always be people who hate so use it to your advantage.

What advise would you give your younger self 

Whenever you have the chance to write, write a song. There have been many times where I’ve though meh, might aswell write a song and it’s turned out to be one of my best. Other times I decided I couldn’t be arsed and I could’ve written something like Bohemian Rhapsody. Never sniff at an opportunity to write new music because you never know what you will end up with.

Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

My toast burning skills. Nah I’m joking, probably the fact that after nearly 4 years of playing guitar I still can’t tune my guitar without an app to do it for me. That pisses me off so much but never have the energy to actually learn so it’s my own fault.

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

It’s called “Get Up”, an upbeat, rocky and positive tune about making the best out of a bad situation and knowing things will get better. Its something I think a lot of people will be able to relate to. I wrote it when I was about 16 and now it’s released 2 years later. I’m also recording a new EP in the coming days with Mad Fox Manchester so follow my socials to keep up to date with that.

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

Stay positive. It’s all okay in the end and if it’s not okay then it’s not the end x.