MILES KANE INTERVIEW
Miles Kane is a man with a lot of experience in the music industry, his musical record shows previous for indie anthems, high profile collaborations, ridiculously catchy choruses and guitar riffs and being criminally stylish. As a guitarist for The Little Flames early on in his career, frontman of The Rascals, one half of The Last Shadow Puppets and now launching his solo career, Miles has consistently been producing top quality music of the highest order. In early May Miles released his debut solo albumColour Of The Trap' to vast critical acclaim and success. The album displays brilliant lyricism and ear catching 60s Rock N Roll vibes coupled with a handful of perfect sing-along opportunities to get the crowds excited. Since the release, he has played numerous festivals, including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, as well as touring with those Arctic Monkeys before launching his own headline tour earlier this month.
And now as Miles comes marching with his band towards Cambridge, I snapped up the opportunity to interview the man that everybody wants to know to discuss what hell be doing at the end of this tour, The Last Shadow Puppets, the dubstep revolution and this fascinatingly brilliant polka dot genre of his.
After this tour, whats next for Miles Kane?
Well this tour ends on Wednesday, in London, and then were off round Europe for a bit, going to places like Belgium, Holland and France, then weve got something like a week off before we start touring with Kasabian so I think were gonna try and hit the studio.
How do you feel before going on stage, do you still get excited and nervous?
Erm, well you know, its the best feeling in the world, I do still get a bit nervous, but I just get really excited as well knowing that Im gonna be playing to all these people.
Dead or alive, who would be your ultimate drinking partner?
I dunno, Id like to go out on the razz with Al Pacino, reckon Id get a right good buzz offa that!
I recently saw you at Reading Festival, and you were absolutely fantastic, easily one of my highlights of the weekend and I cant wait to see you again tonight, but how do you take a brilliant record, and emulate that brilliance into a fantastic live performance?
Yeah it was a great show werent it! It was bouncin even though it was so early on! Yeah well it was weird, because when we first started playing it live with the band we started out with just a 3 piece and they were some mates of mine that Id known from a while back, and we hadnt practiced it at all, like, not even in a rehearsal studio or anything, but eventually it all just came together yknow, and weve properly got it together!
If you had to, what genre what you class yourself as?
Erm, modern, rock, pop, mod, polka dot. Polka dot haha. Im not too sure really.
If you got a call from Simon Cowell or whoever, asking if an X-factor contestant could cover, record and release one of your tunes, how would you respond?
What like, to say release Rearrange as a single? Fuck it why not?! Id buy a fuck off massive house! Use two of the tracks!
Chips or cream buns?
Chips. Im not really too fond of cream. No, I dont like cream.
Youve recently been tagged as the most stylish man in Britain and the sexiest man in Britain and even Arctic Monkeys best dressed friend. Do you have a style icon? And any tips for our readers?
Fucking ell whos tagged me as that?! Well, Ive always loved clothes since I was younger, I think its about like being yourself, but still looking sharp yknow, like combining the two. Like obviously youre not gonna go round wearing a suit all the time are ya? Thatd be silly. I suppose theres French artists like Jacques Dutronc who have an influence, but I just like to do my own thing, yknow.
Youve worked with some great names, Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour of Harry Potter) and Noel Gallagher provided vocals on the album, Gruff Rhys, Sean Bonniwell and Alex Turner all have writing credits on the album; youve collaborated with Turner in The Last Shadow Puppets, toured and performed with Arctic Monkeys and are set to tour with Kasabian as well, how do these things come about?
I dunno really, Ive worked hard throughout my career, and these things have just happened really. Im enjoying it a lot!
Have we seen the last of the shadow puppets?
No, well be back. Hes my brother, yknow. But theyve got their own thing going on at the moment and so have I. So it wont be for a little while, but it will happen, when the time is right. When we both have the time.
I recently discovered a dubstep remix of Rearrange, by Skream, how did that come about? What do you think of the remix, and that type of music?
Well Id met him before and he was a really nice fella, and he surprised me because he said like, Im a big fan, he knew a lot about rock n roll music. And then the next time I met him he asked if he could do a remix, and I just said yeah do it! I cant say Im really a fan of the whole dubstep thing, I dont really understand it, its not my thing really.
Thanks to Miles for his time and Alex Fordham at Authority Communications for fixing things up
Read Alfi's review of the gig here