An Interview with 'The Kid and I'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Jacob Powell - Multi Instrumentalist/singer
How and where did you get together?
The project started in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. Having always had a dream to record and release his own music, Jacob began learning how to produce and mix whilst recording demos at home in his garage. After some time he began releasing these to the world, with hopes to create a full fledged band and play shows as soon as he can.
What are the band's main influences?
The influences of The Kid and I have grown in various forms over the years, beginning in the 90's Alternative Rock scene such Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Radiohead all the way to more contemporary acts such as Phoebe Bridgers, black midi, Death Goals, and as far as Tyler The Creator.
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
The Kid and I haven't played any gigs as of yet due to the pandemic, however there are plans to assemble a live band and begin touring when COVID restrictions lift. At present their songs have been featured on Amazing Radio and Costa Calida Radio as well as a few Spotify Playlists.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
As well as a musician I am also an actor, and when I write music I tend to see a film going along side with it. So with the music I am also currently putting together almost like a short film to go alongside all the music, something that I hope will be released in the year to come!
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
“‘White Feather’ is an exciting debut that gives insight into Jacob’s magical future.’ - MOGG BLOG” “‘Unique and filled with raw honesty, the bold, rich tones merge well with a Foo Fighters meets Aerosmith sound. If this is anything to go by, The Kid and I is set for super stardom!’” - NEXUS Music “‘Guitars that come at you at light speed and harmonize as much as the vocals do, Indie rock chorus, and a Bruce Springsteen bridge. Can you beat that? No. No you can’t.’ ” - The Sounds Won't Stop
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
The single was recorded and performed in Jacobs garage and was mixed and produced in his bedroom.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
For me this song is probably one of the most ambitions things I've ever done musically and also production wise - having been self taught in mixing and production a lot of the work is kind of me making stuff up and spending weeks smacking my head against a wall. So for this single is just about pushing the limit as far as I can all round, in the pursuit of trying to do something I'll be really proud of in the end.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
Morning Song is about a number of things, sort of a collage of lots of ideas. Initially it's about coming from this small town out in the countryside, about waking up early in the morning to go to your job, about the town drunk and all the other 'characters' that kind of reside in the community. Later on the song moves to talk about the end of the world and my anxiety surrounding that, the feeling of getting older and wanting to run for your life while you still can. I guess the solution to all these things for me so far, as cheesy as it sounds, is to play music and express myself this way. It's definitely a form of escapism to me.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
For the recording of the single I do it entirely in my garage at home. At this moment in time I live with my mum, which is wonderful obviously, however it does provide some small problems with recording music. Normally in a studio environment you spend hours and hours going over and perfecting takes of a song, but at home to avoid arguments/disturbing the entire street all the recording for the songs had to be done in 30 minute chunks, everything in that sense has a crazy energy to it purely because I'm trying just to get the song done as quickly as possible within a small window of time. Of course my mum is very supportive, but come that 30 minute mark, there'll be a knock at the door and head pop round saying that that's enough for today. It definitely creates challenges to the recording process.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
Morning Song is the most ambition thing I've done yet, and has set the bar for what is come