Following the success of previous singles ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Siren’, London-based band Kid Cupid have now released ‘Easy’. We spoke to Laura, James, Ian and John about their history so far.
At the moment were loving Nao’s vibe, have always loved Little Dragon and we’re actually really influenced by film soundtracks such as Drive.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what first got you into music?
Hello! We’re Laura, James, Ian and John. I think for all of us music is so cathartic and our chosen mode of expression!
Laura: for me it was my parents and their amazing music collection that I would raid. My dad plays bass and we always had instruments around the house, so it’s something that has always been in my life.
James: All my dad’s favourite songs had driving drum beats like the Beatles ‘Come Together’ and The Rolling Stones ‘Brown Sugar’. I remember playing along to them on pillows with wooden spoons and how good it felt sitting in the beat. From then I was hooked.
Ian: I’ve grown up with music all around me. Going to gigs as a teenager, the energy and feeling I got at shows left me in awe and I thought from then on “ I’d like a piece that”!
How and when did you form the band? What was it that brought you together?
So, the band was formed properly about a year and a half ago. Laura had been working on some solo projects and then met James on a TV set (they both worked in TV pre band), James was in a band at the time and Laura sang on one of their tracks, Ian is a friend of Laura’s boyfriend and we found John on Gumtree Ad! Best ad we’ve ever posted ;)
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
We have such a diverse range of artists/sources we get inspiration from which is why our style is hard to pin point at times, we love to blur the genre lines. Our music tastes vary from punk to soul with everything in between! At the moment were loving Nao’s vibe, have always loved Little Dragon and we’re actually really influenced by film soundtracks such as Drive.
How would you describe your style?
Tough one! You tell us ;) I think we’d say alt pop with nods to RnB, soul and electronica!
You’ve played at The Garage, Proud Camden and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. What’s the response been from your audiences?
The audiences are the reason we do this, we’ve been so lucky to have such amazing audiences so far. When people are dancing or screaming the words back to your tracks that’s our favourite thing and makes us want to keep on going! We spend all this time writing and recording in a dark studio, with only each others opinions to work off, so to finally get out there and people to say they love it means everything.
What’s been your favourite performance and why?
For us we’d say The Garage, the venue was full, we were headlining and we had our good friend curate a light show for us! It’s probably the most nervous we’ve been too, we had to have pep talks out the back pre-gig, haha.
You’re received support from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. How has that helped you establish yourselves?
We are so so grateful for all of the support we have received so far, having such established stations get behind you really does help and gives you that extra boost of confidence and self belief! To have friends texting saying they just heard you on the radio is very cool too.
Tell us about your single, ‘Easy’. What’s it about?
The theme around ‘Easy’ is addiction and self-destruction, it’s something that all of us have dealt with in one way or another. The switching perspectives of a troubled narrator in the track creates a sort of chaos, reflected in the track’s bed of dark textures and sparse arrangement.
When did you write the single and where did you record it?
We write and record everything in John’s home studio in South London, in fact we all may as well live there. We’ve been known to have a lock in and sleep on his blow up bed over a couple of days when we’ve been in writing mode! We actually wrote this track within a few hours but then it took us months to get to a final version!
How does it compare to your previous releases?
This track is a lot darker with more electronic elements, and we’ve purposefully gone for a more minimalist production in places. However, we have key pads/sounds we use in all tracks that help us solidify our ‘sound’.
What are your hopes for ‘Easy’?
We’d love to reach as many people as possible, expand our listeners and maybe tap into a new audience too. Most importantly we want people to enjoy the track! We have a music video coming out which were excited about and then we will be releasing a debut EP next year.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Come say ‘hi’! We’re playing in Glasgow on Nov 12th, Nov 25th (Acoustic) at Picturehouse Cinema in London, Dec 2nd Boston Music Room in London, Dec 3rd were playing an afternoon gig for parents and their children at Concrete Shoreditch and more to be announced! Keep an eye on the Facebook or follow us on Bandsintown.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Laura: I’d have to say Stevie Nicks..love her! Or Nile Rodgers would be very cool.
James: A rapper collaboration would be really called. Maybe Logic or Childish Gambino.
Ian: Tough! It’d be hard to pick between Thom Yorke, Josh Homme or Alex Turner I think!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Laura: Honestly it may be cliché but mine would be to not worry what other people thought and just go for it, I’ve given far too much time to this and the truth is everyone is just winging their way through life, so find out what your dream is and never let it go.Also, Sambuca shots were never and will never be a good idea.
James: Take risks sooner. And don’t buy Laura Sambuca shots again.
Ian: Mine would’ve been to do what I wanted to do and not what I felt other people wanted me to do. I could’ve saved a lot of time on things that weren’t worth me doing!
Listen to ‘Easy’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates follow Kid Cupid on Facebook.