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GET TO KNOW: The Kid And I

After establishing themselves with a wealth of vibrant gems these last few years, UK-based outfit The Kid And I are back at it once again with their stunning new single 'Wonder, Pt. 1'.

Lifted from their long-awaited debut EP, which is set to arrive later this year, 'Wonder, Pt. 1' makes for a wonderfully broad and immersive listen. Capturing more of that warm and driven alt-rock energy they are known for, this new one cements them as one of the more passionate names doing the rounds right now.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.


What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

For me it definitely had to be Foo Fighters - they were the first rock band which made me think that playing music was something I could do and completely changed the direction of my life forever.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

When I was a teenager my friends and I started a band called Stereo Breakout, which was a mixture of Nirvana, Green Day, The White Stripes - all very loud and aggressive rock music. We used to gig all the time around the Hertfordshire area, playing Hitchin’s Rhythms Of The World Festival, and it was such an incredible experience all round for me. We’re all still really great friends and playing music in new bands/projects too!

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

Musically I’ve been inspired by great bands such as Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Biffy Clyro, with mixtures of punk, rap and folk music sprinkled throughout. Listening to those bands/artists really gave me my approach to songwriting and showed me the blueprint of what a song should be. I was a drummer first so rhythm has always been something I’ve gravitated towards too, and something that really inspires the music.

In terms of what the songs are about I lean heavily into a more autobiographical approach; writing about my own life and my experiences whilst sometimes adding bits of other people's lives or current events to spice up the drama of the song. I’m always trying to tell a story somehow, with my lyrics drawing influence from Sam Fender and David Bowie.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

For me I’d love to have written Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender - it's such a powerful song and the story and lyrics are heartbreaking and so beautifully written, really takes you on a journey and the composition is amazing.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

I think at this point in our band's life I’d love to relive playing at the Roundhouse Festival in Dagenham last year. It was part of an unsigned artist competition and was really thrilling from beginning to end - I think for the show the nerves sort of took over a bit and didn’t get to enjoy it all as much as I should’ve - hopefully we’ll be doing something similar in the year to come!

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Maybe we wouldn’t fit musically but I’d love to share a stage with Snayx - I’ve seen them twice (and will be seeing them on tour a third time) and feel they’re one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now for sure. To be able to open up for them would be an incredible experience and something I’d never forget.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

It’s a big pipe dream request but I’d love to collaborate with Tyler the Creator - he’s such a force of nature creatively; from his music to his clothing brands, to his music video work I’d love to just sit and pick his brains on art in general and to work with him would be a true blessing.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In 5 years the plan is to be a touring, album releasing full time band - putting on our own headline tours and living full time playing our music and supporting other bands we love on tour as well.


The Kid And I's new single 'Wonder, Pt. 1' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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