An interview with
Kid iD
By Glitterbitch
August 2008


It's Saturday, the sun is shining and Kid iD have just pulled off one of the surprise performances of the day on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading. Having met at university in 2004 the six musical friends have since perfected a blend of latin folk pop that will have your body moving even before your mind has decided that that is what it wants to do. After such an effervescent performance the band are bubbling with positivity and eager to talk about their musical journey.

Drummer Joe Clarke explains where it all began: "Basically we all stay at Leeds and we all did music up there and started doing some gigs, originally as a three piece, and then I joined and it became a four piece and these guys (Ian Dudfield - trombone and Pete Mycroft - trumpet) became the brass monkeys." This growth of the band and the addition of musicians to complete the now current ensemble also charts the musical direction the band has taken. Ralph Pennyworth (frontman): "I think it all started off with folky stuff that we were writing and there was one or two tunes that these two played on which were a bit more upbeat and funky and then we just went in that direction as it made sense." This has certainly made for an interest mix of sounds which, although they may have taken some time to ferment, now appear to be reaching full maturity because, as Pete says "although not all of us have the same musical interests or background, we all appreciate everybody else's input and respect them for the things they can offer that other members can't do."

Although there may be almost perfect harmony in the band and with their (now) settled sound, their varied input and output sometimes make life a little harder for them, as Iain says: "That can be a bit of a curse with us cause one of the criticisms that we do have is that we are a little too wide ranging and its quite hard to pin point." Pete echoes his thoughts: "There's more of a disadvantage when it comes to billings because certain promoters feel like they can't put us on an indie night but they also feel they can't put us on a folk night or a ska night or anything like that so it's a double edged sword. I think it just takes a bit of daring on behalf of whoever is putting us on to go with it."

Today, however, they do not have that problem and Kid iD proved they could make a successful transition from their normal live circuit to a stage at one of the country's major festivals. Even without the aid of the bands' 'sweet bribery' it was obvious that the crowd, as Ralph puts it, were 'loving it'. Joe: "I think we settled in with the crowd quite quickly. People were up for it before we started. If it takes a bit of time to get going then you start to feel nervous, you get a bit on edge and you're not relaxed but the crowd went for it, we got really excited and that led into the flow of it." They certainly were not overawed by the experience of playing Reading despite a wall of sound from the crowd which Ian likens to an Amphitheatre.

All six members gave every ounce of energy on stage today, as veritable human jumping beans, and it obviously means a lot to them. Ralph: "That was one of the best things I've ever done and then I get to do it all again tomorrow. It's like having a birthday and then knowing that tomorrow it's your birthday again." It also caps off a perfect summer for the band that have also played the Rhythms of the World festival, the Secret Garden Party (where they faced pirates and archers!) and supported Turin Brakes. To be here Kid iD simply sent a demo to Sandman Magazine and won a competition in conjunction with the BBC to play the Introducing Stage. The band's reaction to the good news shows exactly where they are coming from, what it means to them and a sincere humanity you don't see in the NME. Ian: "I was in a computer classroom all by myself at school and I went 'yes!'" Pete at this moment, to avoid any confusion, has to point out that Ian doesn't go to school he works there but maybe not for much longer. This has certainly been a major step up for the band and they are aware of the doors that having this on their CV could open up for them.
The band have high aspirations, as well as wanting to add Glastonbury to their gig calendar next year they also, tongue in cheek, suggest they 'want to play the first gig on the Moon'. Back down on planet earth they explain that as well as moving to London the next part of the plan involves releasing new recordings next year and some ongoing discussions with a management company who have yet to see them live! Ralph: "They seem like very proactive people and it would be nice to have them on our side."

Getting back to the reason they are here today Pete explains that as well as the audience simply enjoying the music they play he also wants them to be "Enjoying the fact it's different. Getting to hear some music they weren't expecting to hear but still enjoying it just as much as everything they've always liked." There is something intensely satisfying about stumbling across a band you've never heard of, who have yet to be tarnished by the glare of mass media and who can make you smile the second they play a note. Kid iD have yet to make their millions but with the kind of uplifting and accomplished performance they put on at this years' Reading festival (putting many household names to shame in the process) it possibly won't take them long. With a hint of humour they claim to have saved lives today but maybe they have…

wers to questions...It's never about looking forward to it. Actually maybe I should change the
script, maybe we are looeir musicm the 3rd album?