Interview mit Kid Wave (english version)
Mit ihrem Album “Wonderlust” haben uns Kid Wave ziemlich überzeugt. Grund genug mal nachzufragen, was die Band so bewegt und welche Londoner Band wir mal im Auge behalten sollten. Wir sprachen mit der sympathischen Frontfrau Lea Emmery.
Crazewire: “I’m trying to break your heart (and you think its love)” – that is so cruel. What´s
the point behind that sentence?
Kid Wave: The lyrics aren’t really black or white. I think in many aspects of life it´s easy to get blinded by love, all kinds of love. I think I drew a lot of inspiration from my teenage years when all you want is trying to fit in… the kind of obsession that you really just experience at that age. The way you look up to people and really wanna be like them or one of them. I think I felt everything more strongly when growing up and I was so emotionally attached to everything – music, bands, people – really. The line itself I guess reflects on unrequited love but more related to the subject I just mentioned, if that makes sense ha!
Crazewire: Kid Wave – what does that mean?
Kid Wave: Kid Wave is a play on words that I guess evoke some sort of feeling, something that I found relevant to the music and style of the project. The story behind the name is quite a funny story but the actual name doesn’t mean anything in particular.
Crazewire: The members of your Band are from different countries all over the world. How do you meet?
Kid Wave: Mattias and I met way back in Sweden while playing in different bands in our home town Norrköping so we’ve been friends for ages. I met Serra here in London, I did a course in Sound Engineering and she was teaching drums so we met in the studio and I asked if she wanted to drum on my demos. Then we met Harry via mutual friends last year!
Crazewire: The music press compares you with bands from the nineties like Lush. Do you agree with that? Do you listen to music from this decade?
Kid Wave: Personally I don’t. Most of the bands people compare our sound with I’d never heard about until like now! I listen different kinds of music, but not from any decade in particular. We do guitar music, and I guess that’s a thing we probably have in common with a lot of bands from the 90’s.
Crazewire: In times of YouTube superstars, you decided to sign a contract with a record company. Have you ever thought about the D.I.Y way? What do you expect from your record company?
Kid Wave: Before signing with Heavenly Recordings I did everything on my own. They’re an independent label, and they can offer a lot of support and things we couldn’t have done on our own. Saying that we’re still very much in charge of our own things, have a lot of freedom to create and still do a lot of stuff ourselves. We wouldn’t want it any other way, it’s important to be involved as a band. For example we do our own merch and have recently set up our own online shop. Being with an independent label like Heavenly in times like these I think is like getting the best of both worlds.
Crazewire: Stage or studio, what do you prefer?
Kid Wave: Stage! Two complete different things though. But I love everything about being out on the road and playing live, it’s so direct.
Crazewire: Do you have pets? If yes, who takes care of them when you are on tour?
Kid Wave: I have a dog in Sweden, he’s really old and stays with my parents. I LOVE animals and really miss having pets but it’s just not possible right now. I move around and am away too much. But I have applied to become a cat fosterer which means I get to help out and take care of homeless cats who need a temporary home. Fingers crossed!
Crazewire: Do you know any German bands (except Rammstein and Tokio Hotel)?
Kid Wave: Yeah! I really like Klaus Johann Grobe (from Switzerland)! They toured with our label pals Temples last year as well. Great stuff! I like a band called Zelf as well, think they’re from Berlin. I’m also excited to check out Any Pretty and Mother of The Unicorn who we’re playing with in Berlin on the 24th this month!
Crazewire: If I visit London, do you have suggestions for places I must see?
Kid Wave: Woah. There’s lots. Make sure you get out of the most central bits and go to some pubs and check out some bands! East/north London is great for that. There are also some cool galleries and stuff in Hackney and up north if you’re into that kind of stuff. On a nice day go to Highgate Cemetery is (I know it might sound depressing) but the graveyard is something else.
Crazewire: What is going on in the London music scene? Is there a Band you like, we should keep an eye on?
Kid Wave: Check out YAK, they’re awesome! We bump into them a lot at festivals and shows. BRITAIN and our friends bands Sisters and High Safari are also worth checking out, really good bands!
Crazewire: Thank you!
Video: Kid Wave – „Honey“