MY love and appreciation for Scottish music…
will never be brought into question. It is, without a doubt, one of those nations that never truly gets the credit it deserves. I have a great affection for the towns and villages that provide Scottish music. More than that, it is the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh that offer, in my view, the best and brightest Scottish sounds. The nation’s capital is well represented by the esteemed, epic lads of IdKid. I talk to the Indie-Rock band about their origins; a little revelation about their new single, DEADLY, and how the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow compare in terms of music. I was curious to know if there was any new material on the horizon. The guys (mainly Bobby and Hooligan) explain what bond the band together and how it has felt being so well received, so soon.
Hi, guys. How are you? How have your weeks been?
Bobby: We’re great. The past few weeks have been real good. It’s just been great getting the track out there; working on new material and working towards the future.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Hooligan: Hello, we are IdKid.
Bobby: We’re an unsigned four-piece that play super-melodic, quirky Pop music with a punch. If that’s your bag, check us out.
I am interested to know how you all got together. When did IdKid all form?
Hooligan: The latest line up is pretty new. We’ve been together under a year – with the latest member Hooligan on drums. Bobby and Johnny are blood brothers and Dean Di Mola knew Johnny from the poker nights.
That band name, too. What was the inspiration behind that?
Hooligan: I don’t know. I don’t but Sigmund Freud does.
Bobby: He talks about the id, the ego and the superego being three components that balance each other and collectively make up the psyche.
There’s a lot to unbox there but it’s definitely worth looking up for anyone unfamiliar with it.
You have just released the video for your latest single, DEADLY. Can you tell me what the song is all about?
Hooligan: It’s about love and hate, life and death – and a good swing in between.
How was it making the video? Was it quite a fun shoot?
It was quite fun actually, I remember blood and laughter.
Bobby: It was great. We had a fantastic talent working on it, Edinburgh filmmaker Ryan Jon Amey Henderson, so we knew we were in good hands having seen the other videos he had directed.
We’re really happy with how it turned out. I think Ryan and Eilidh McLaughlin (the actress) did an amazing job with it.
I know you are launching the single at Banshee Labyrinth (in Edinburgh) on 22nd. Are you looking forward to that gig and have any more in the pipeline?
Hooligan: Yes, we love that venue. It’ll be the first gig we play after all the good recent things that have happened to IdKid, so we are looking forward to it. Seeing everyone that cares about the band so far, and yes, we are planning a small tour.
Does a new single mean you are planning an E.P. later in the year?
Bobby: More new songs are definitely on the cards. We’re having a blast writing at the moment so we’ll see what else we can come up with first.
We also have another track we recorded at the same time as DEADLY called Amelie that we’ll be dropping in the near future.
Who are the artists you all grew up listening to?
Hooligan: We all have different backgrounds, but if I had to sum it up as what artist IdKid grew up listening to … some would be: The Beatles and a bunch of film and cartoon soundtracks.
You are based in Edinburgh. What is the music like there would you say? How does it compare to Glasgow in terms of the bands and musicians they are producing?
Hooligan: I really think there is a wide variety in both cities; the range seems to be alike. Any difference isn’t obvious enough to point out.
Do you think mainstream media and journalists in England overlook Scottish music too easily?
Johnny: I think mainstream media itself is a tough nut to crack for any emerging band at the moment looking for that kind of exposure – whether that be Scottish or English.
Certainly, in Scottish media, I believe there is a degree of expectation from bands to fit specific criteria. Because of that, even Scottish media overlooks Scottish music. I’d imagine it is much the same in England.
It is quite a competitive and hard to make a name for yourself in modern music. What does IdKid provide that no other band does?
Hooligan: We don’t really care what other bands are doing: we are doing our own things and we care about doing that well.
Many reviewers have applauded your energetic and engaging live performances. Is it the close bonds within the band or regular gigs that have helped cement that incredible dynamic and sound?
I think we all know that no band lasts forever and that if we have the opportunity of making that song or that show the best it can be, we are taking that shit down.
Which new artists do you think we should be keeping our eyes on?
What advice would you offer any new acts emerging at the moment?
Don’t be an asshole if you can help it.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can each select a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
Bobby: Junior Senior – Rhythm Bandits
Johnny: Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
Hooligan: Austin TV – Shiva
Dean: The Hives – A.K.A.I-D-I-O-T