1. december. 2008

Interview with Bobby Kidd
                  Bobby Kidd                            Bobby Kidd with band

Calle: What got you into music in the first place?


Bobby Kidd: I remember the first time I saw Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora performing live and from that moment I was hooked.


Calle: What made you want to be a solo artist instead of in a band?


Bobby Kidd: Well I wasnít always a solo artist. I actually started playing keyboard in a band. Then went out solo as I wanted to do more with my music but was restricted within the band at the time. But I did try the band thing again not so long ago, but once again, it didnít work out. Iíve always had a certain vision and certain style I wanted to play and itís hard to try and find guys that are on the same page. So I figure, just go it alone and get a backing band instead. Itís worked out quite well. Having said all that though, I love playing with the band on stage. It looks like and sounds like a rocking band instead of a solo artist with some guys behind him, if you know what I mean.


Calle: Who are your biggest influences?


Bobby Kidd: Anyone and anything that has a great melody. I love melody, harmonies, and a great production. At the moment Iím listening to Nickelbackís new album ĎDark Horseí. Awesome production, great catchy, melodic songs, ĎMuttí Lange has done a great job once again in producing an awesome album. So definitely Iím influenced by bands such as Nickelback, Daughtry, Bon Jovi, Sixx.A.M, Keith Urban, 30 STM, Pink, Butch WalkerÖ.. just to name a few.


Calle: Name 3 ďolderĒ bands and 3 ďnewerĒ bands you can recommend?


Bobby Kidd: Well the 3 older bands would definitely be Bon Jovi, Nickelback and Butch Walker. As for the 3 new bands, I would say Daughtry, Simple Plan and Pink. Thereís so many great old and new bands out there, Itís so hard to narrow it down. 


Calle: You released your EP ďBreaking Me DownĒ earlier this year. How has the response from the critics and the fans been?


Bobby Kidd: Yeah I released it back in May I believe. The response so far has been great from both the critics and fans, especially from across Europe and America. So I canít wait to get out there and tour with the band.


Calle: Where do you find the inspiration for the songs?


Bobby Kidd: Thatís an interesting question. It could come from anywhere or anyone. The more you live, the more you experience (good or bad). Sometimes itís from my own life stories and experiences and well, sometimes itís an observation. Either way, you gotta believe what it is your singing about and have the passion to go along with it because if you donít it will come across to the Fans and theyíll let you know about it lol.


Calle: If you could chose one song you wish you had written, which song would that be, and why?


Bobby Kidd: Thatís not fair lol. Just 1 song? Bugger lol. Well thatís a tough call, but right of the top of my head it would have to be Bon Joviís ĎLiving on a Prayerí. Why, well do I need to say why lol.I rest my case.


Calle: If you get the chance to write and play a song with another musician, who would you like that to be?


Bobby Kidd: Definitely would be ĎButch Walkerí. He has so much charisma and talent. Again, thereís so many other guys and girls that I would love the opportunity to write and play with for that matter. But you only asked for 1 so Butch it is.


Bobby Kidd sing and play guitar
Calle: You live in Melbourne. How will you describe the music scene there, and in Australia in general?


Bobby Kidd: Yeah, I moved down to Melbourne from Sydney about 3 years ago. Definitely the music scene down here is a lot better than up in Sydney. However even down here depending on what style or type of music your doing it could be great, but in my case and many others, itís hard to get regular gigs. Thereís a lot of demand for cover bands or tribute bands. And if you happen to be in an original band and your commercial mainstream like myself, then your chances get slimmer to get regular work. Australia hasnít taken to well to that type of music. I donít know why. Unless youíre an established artist or band then thatís ok, but starting off as an up and coming makes it really hard. Thatís why a lot of acts go overseas and some do quite well and then return back to Australia as stars. (Go figure) lol


Calle: What bands have you been on tour with or played with?


Bobby Kidd: Well like I mentioned in the previous question, itís hard getting regular gigs in Melbourne, let alone Australia. Australia is a small country (in population) So doing tours as an unknown is pretty much out of the question, unless youíve got money behind you. As for who Iíve played with. Just some local and interstate bands. Again no one you wouldíve heard of. Weíre all in the same boat, just waiting to be discovered and head off overseas to Europe or America (well at least for me anyway).


Calle: What band/bands would you like to play with?


Bobby Kidd: Well thereís a couple of bands/artists down here in Melbourne that Iíd like to play with. But on the bigger picture Iíd love to tour with the likes of some of my influences, Nickelback, Daughtry, Bon Jovi, Pink, etc etc.


Calle: What can the fans expect when they go see you and your band live?


Bobby Kidd: A great show. Itís an entertaining and energetic show. Thereís so much energy and charisma up on stage. And if thatís not enough, thereís always the great songs to sing along too lol.


Bobby Kidd and the band live
Calle: Whatís the largest and smallest crowd you have played in front of?


Bobby Kidd: Well thatís an easy question to answer as it hard to get out there and be exposed as an unknown, but the smallest would have to be to the support band and their girlfriendís lol. About 10. And the largest would have to be around about 850 or so.


Calle: How would you describe your music to people who donít know you?


Bobby Kidd: Catchy, melodic, commercial pop/rock tunes, With a touch of old school Bon Jovi thrown in there.


Calle: Do you have any plans on releasing a full-length album in the near future?


Bobby Kidd: At this point in time, thereís no plans of releasing an album yet. However Iíd love too but the aim right now is to go overseas and get out on the road and play as many shows as possible and hopefully get picked up by a major label or management.


Calle: How would you describe each member of your backing band?


Bobby Kidd: A great bunch of guys. Very professional at what they do and very loyal. A fun bunch of guys to be around. Iím really looking forward to going out on the road with them. Let the good times begin lol.


Jai Lee (guitar) The rock god.

Perron Lan (guitar) The country dude.

Connor Oíneill (bass) The funky dude with the hair.

Robert Callea (drums) The jazz hit man.


A great bunch of guys
Calle: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


Bobby Kidd: Hopefully with a bit of luck, Iíll be successful and have made a name for myself in the music industry world wide as a singer/songwriter. Also I see myself writing and producing for other artists down the road. As long as Iím doing music on some level or capacity, Iíll be a happy man.


Calle: Whatís the best advice you can give to up-coming artists/bands?


Bobby Kidd: Lol. Well in my experiences for what itís worth, Iíd say for any young up and coming artist or bands, to me the most important or at least itís one of the most important things you should look at and have going for you is ĎTHE SONGí. With out a great song, it doesnít mean a thing. You could be a great singer, but people wonít tune into anything you sing and if they do, it wont be for long if you donít have the song. Image only takes you so far and your voice can be altered in the studio. But a crap song is a crap song full stop. So my advice is to write, write, re-write and do it again. Have the killer hit songs and then with a lot of luck you could be on your way to rocking it out at Madison Square Gardens or the O2 Arena.


And now some questions outside music:

Calle: What was the first CD/LP you ever purchased?


Bobby Kidd: I think it was a casstette, Abba Ė Waterloo. I canít quite remember. Either that or a Kiss LP.


Calle: What was the latest CD/LP you bought?


Bobby Kidd: Well Iím listening to it as Iím writing this down. Nickelback ĖĎDark Horseí


Calle: What do you do when youíre not playing music?


Bobby Kidd: I love photography (used to do it professionally) I also love playing tennis and love boats. Love getting out on Jaiís (guitarist) boat whenever the opportunity comes around.


Calle: Whatís your favorite drink?


Bobby Kidd: I have 2 favorite drinks. A good bottle of Shiraz (red wine) and Southern Comfort with lemonade (very sweet I know lol)  


Calle: What education do you have?


Bobby Kidd: I never actually finished high school. Went straight into college a year before I was supposed to finish school and completed a degree in Electronics. Studied some music courses etc etc. I was never one for studying. I couldnít keep my mind still. I was always floating and thinking about being a rock star and writing songs in my head. In fact, school ĎFOR MEí, was a distraction.


Calle: What do you know about Denmark?


Bobby Kidd: I know that your now ĎPrincess Maryí was born and raised in Australia (Tasmania to be precise) and also that the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia) was designed by a famous Danish Architect. Iíve never traveled overseas, so my knowledge of countryís and places is very limited. Sorry folks. Iím a quick learner though.


Calle: Any last words for the fans?


Bobby Kidd: Thanks for the continuous support you have all shown me and I hope to see you all on the road very soon. Donít forget to get a copy of my Debut E.P ĎBreaking Me Downí available now through itunes.
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