Hiya folks 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?
I think for me since I was about 12 when I first discovered the Foo Fighters – since then I have been completely OBSESSED with playing music every day.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
So the members of The Kid and I are me (Jacob Powell), Henry Avedian on drums and Sol Boyd on lead guitar. This originally started as a solo project by myself during lockdown when I had nothing to do. Original I wanted to finish my uni course, go back home and start working on this seriously, but due to COVID, I got started that a little earlier – which was heavenly for me! I was doing a lot of open mics and acoustic gigs in and around London for a while before getting the band together in February of 2022 – so it’s still very early days indeed for The Kid and I.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Probably where the name comes from – I feel like it’s something personal to me and actually, I think it’s better that people make up their own ideas about it.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes, I think it’s a fabulous idea! Any platform that sheds light on up and coming bands is such a useful thing to have and be shouted about!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I guess it’s not really a conspiracy theory – but I believe that aliens exist – maybe not Tom Delonge working with the Pentagon kinda level, but enough that I do a little deep dive every now and then and see what I can find out about it.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I don’t know when I bought it during the lockdown but I bought a Spiderman morph suit – which is my favourite thing – I’ve even played gigs in it I love it so much.
What useless party trick do you have?
My truly useless party trick is a do a pretty mean Scooby Doo impression – if the producers of Scooby Doo need a new voice actor please let me know – I need the work.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We played a gig recently at The Workshop in Shoreditch which was a fabulous experience – it was called a sweat box venue and they weren’t lying. The crowd were really connecting with the music and giving it large during the songs – managed a few call and response moments as well which was brilliant too!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I think so far this band hasn’t had enough live gigs to have a bad one yet – if that makes sense? I’ve definitely had a few in previous bands/solo gigs – getting too nervous, mixed with out-of-tune guitars, plus the songs just going wrong – so far so good though, fingers crossed aha.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
So me and Henry are both actors outside of the band – we went to drama school together and that’s where we met and became friends – I’m not following it as much anymore because I’m focusing on music – but you may very well see Henry’s face on the big screen sometime soon.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Loud guitar music ripping off 90’s rock mixed with existential dread.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think what makes us stand out is our energy and our arrangements – maybe not in the songs that are out atm but the new material has some crazy vocal arrangements, mixed in with super high energy.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not to bring the mood down but everything that’s happening with our government at the moment is very depressing and gets me very angry – it definitely has felt like a powerless time for me but there’s always hope that something good will come round the corner – well at least that’s what I’m holding onto anyway.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
For me my favourite song right now is probably our new single ‘Free Falling’ – it’s one of those songs I have to stay quite still for cause it’s a big sing, but it always get a great reaction and everyone always walks away saying it was their favourite which is lovely.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
We have a new track calling ‘Free Falling’ coming out – this sounds cliche as hell but it’s one of the most progressive and energetic tracks we have going for us – something we’re all very proud of.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
So this song was written in a dark period of my life – I’d had a meltdown and basically quit anything that had any kind of outside pressure at all – I quit my job, I left my acting agent, I nearly quit music – but as they say – where there’s pain there’s a song to be made, and from this, the song was made.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was an absolute blast – I recorded it at Unit Studios in Letchworth Garden City with a producer called Nick Kozuch – we’d worked together before and I think he’s a genius so it was only fitting we did it again! It was a really energetic and fast piece so it was very tiring but so cathartic for me – sort of exercising the demons of the meltdown that inspired it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
For me, this song was a learning experience in keeping it simple. The music itself is your basic 4 chord tune, but because it’s always driving it just increases the tension and builds and builds to the finale. This is something I’ve definitely taken forward with the new songs that I’m writing too!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think so – obviously as we’ve been playing it live we’ve been adding things here and there but it was a creation of its time and I’m happy with how it turned out.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
So our plans for the year ahead are basically to keep doing what we’re doing but more consistently – play more shows, release more music – we’re recording an EP soon, with hopes to put it out next year at some point.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
You can expect a lot more music to come very soon – we’ve basically got the rest of next year lined up and ready to go, so we won’t be going anywhere anytime soon!
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