If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
You guys once described my music as “soulful pop numbers”, which I felt was extremely accurate and I don’t think I could describe it better myself.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
I love performing my own music and my upcoming single One Day is actually my favourite to perform. It has a catchy hook to it and people always seem to engage with it the most of all of my songs, lyrically and sonically.
How did you get into music?
I’ve definitely always wanted to perform. Writing never used to be something I was passionate about when I was young, but different inspirations made me want to write things myself and put my own ideas on paper. Once you’ve started and you get the bug it is impossible to stop. So many silly things have made me want to write songs, such as watching 8 Mile and School Of Rock, as well as more traditional ways, like seeing live performances by virtuosos.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Every big gig that I’ve been to I feel has changed me as a performer and made me want to become more and more dynamic on stage. The first artist I went to see was The Darkness, I must have been 11 years old, and that just really just made me want to get on the stage.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Inspiration always comes from a multitude of avenues for me, so definitely a mixture. Usually I write about current affairs, but also through a personal lens so that I can emotionally connect to my music too.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Liverpool has some incredible spaces: the Zanzibar has a thumping sound system and I have had a couple of great gigs there. Same with 24 Kitchen Street. However, my favourite is probably District. One great thing about it is the height of the stage so you can get a good view of the crowd and vice-versa. Again, the sound is incredible.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
AYA has just started releasing some singles and I couldn’t recommend an artist with soul more. His last release was called Craving You and it has a very earworm nature, but has depth too. It’s no coincidence that I selected him to support me for my single launch [20th September in EBGBs].
Why is music important to you?
In this day and age, everybody is really connected to music because of the vastness of availability and the wide variety of genres. For me, personally, there are certain songs that genuinely just make me feel emotions, whether that is the timbre of someone’s voice, the lyrics or sometimes a combination of the two. Music has become a part of everyday life and being able to create it is brilliant as I can completely immerse myself in writing and making something from scratch.
KingFast’s first single, One Day, is out from 20th September.