On a busy shopping street in Boston, rising Irish quartet Kodaline are proving quite the attraction. They have decided to bust in every city they visit on the American tour they've been on for the past three weeks. A crowd gathers, some of hem even sing along. 'Ten dollars!' Exclaims singer Steve looking into his cap when they finish up. 'Enough for a pack of smokes.'
About being on the road: Steve:The thing is we live together anyway so we don't really have any secrets. Mark: We've been a band for so long that we know everything about each other.
About 21 demands, the band they formed at the age of 17 and being on a talent show: Steve: If you look back at when you were 17, you cringe at some of the things you said or did. Last night we actually were listening to some of the songs we made when we were teenagers and it's pretty terrible stuff. There was just no soul. We were incapable of expressing ourselves because we were so young. But we don't regret doing the show because it made us into what we are today.
What's your view of talent shows now? Steve: If you want to write your own songs and say something then that's not really the right move to make. We were writing our own songs back then but they were childish. It took a little bit of soul-searching, growing up, dropping out of college and getting jobs to make us better. Ex-girlfriends screwing you over, just living a bit.
About the meaning behind the songs: Steve: It's intensely personal stuff. It's like opening your diary and passing it around for judging. 'All I want' was basically a letter to my ex-girlfriend. Every song has it's own story. 'High hopes' was written after I just dropped out of college and had no direction whatsoever. Everything was going bad but I tried to stay positive. It's all based on experiences.
About the success that their first EP brought them: Steve: After 21 demands we didn't had a plan but we kept on writing because we love it. It's something that I have to do everyday. Mark: Then our first EP came out and their was such a great reaction to it online and we couldn't believe it. It was so unexpected.
What is it that makes your music connects with people? Steve: I hope they feel something. The way that I see it is that out music might come across as sad when you first listen to it, but it's also very hopeful. Or at least that's what I think.
In the video for 'Love like this' you get slapped a couple of times. Did this happen much in real life? Steve: once or twice. (laughs) I'm actually really bad with girls, really bad.
How did you came up with the name kodaline? Mark: We came up with the name on a night out when we were in London and that's just the name that stuck. Steve: We did go through loads of other names. The first time we came up with the name Kodaline we didn't like the name and then we came back to it.
What was the first name you came up with? Mark: Rather not say otherwise we'll never see the light of day. Jay: We had some embarrassing names. Steve: I think they were so bad that they've been blocked out of our minds.
So, who came up with 'Kodaline'? Steve: I can't remember.. Mark: Well the thing is: we were having a few beers and we can't really remember.. But the main goal when we were trying to come up with a name was to come up with a name that had no connotations. Like Kodaline. What comes to mind when I say Kodaline? What do you think of?
I don't know.. Steve: It is what it is. Vinny: That's what we wanted Steve: It doesn't actually mean anything but we hope it's the music that people will associate it with the music that we make, Kodaline. Mark That could've been a shorter answer. Steve: Sorry! Vinny: Every answer is going to be that long.
Your debut single has done so well and the video is amazing. Who came up with the story line and how much creative control did you have with it? Mark: None at all. A friend of us heard the song and just dreamt the whole idea and sent us the script. Steve: initially when we go the idea for the video, it was just a photo of a monster and we're going: 'where us this going?' There was no connection to the song but then we read through the script and were like definitely: 'let's do it!' Mark: The first time we saw the video when it was complete, and we loved it. We all had the same reaction everyone else did. Steve: We were all in it actually and we got all of our friends to be extras in the office, all our mates from school. It was fun.
How long did it take to do monster's make-up? Steve: Not too long, I think. Mark: He kept in on for three days. Vinny: He slept with it on. He did it on Thursday and the video was filmed on Friday. Jay: the director is the monster. Steve: Funnily enough Stevie, the director, his dog is the dog in the video and straight away when his dog saw him with the make-up it scared him because he didn't recognise him. So he had to actually hang out with his dog until it got comfortable with him again.
The make-up looks really realistic though. Mark: My mom thought it was real. Steve: when we saw him he was like: 'how's it going lads, what's the crack?' He had the make-up on and it was really weird.
You guys are abouty to embark on your first headline tour and you've already sold out in Hoxton bar & kitchen and have just sold out Sebright Arms. Vinny: And we sold out the Dublin show as well.
Well, that's your hometown. What can people expect from a Kodaline live show? Mark: We're releasing a second EP in the New Year so there will be some songs from that. So.. We'll just be playing our own songs and maybe some suprises. Vinny: Fireworks? Mark: We're excited because it's our first headline tour. Steve: Baby elephants .. Clowns .. Vinny: A massive production. We're going to spend all our money on it. Steve: If you're a fan of star wars.. Something like that..
A star wars circus show, sounds cool. You're track 'Lose your mind' is one of my personal favourites. It reminds me of psychedelia and 90s alternative bands. Will Kodaline be going for that psychedelic sound in the debut album? Steve: it's a funny thing, when we write and record songs we just look at the song as each song has it's own thing. Vinny: Every song on the EP sounds different from the next so we don't have one sound for the album. Steve: Yeah, that song was written on a night when we had a few beers Mark: A LOT of beers..
Is 'a few beers' where everything always starts from? Mark: well with that song we just threw everything at it and had fun. And the next day we listened back to it and we were like: 'this is going to be so sh*t'. We played it back and what you hear is what we did that night. Steve: We were out of our minds. Mark: It was the easiest one. Jay: The quickest one. Steve: Glad you like it.
Yeah, it's such a good track. So how is the album coming along? All: It's all done.
What? It's all done already? Mark: we just need to sparkle some dust on it then it's good to go. By Christmas we'll have the CD and the artwork done but the songs will be ready. Steve: We were in Rockafield studios, down in Wales, and we just finished off the last four tracks so the track listening is here.
How many tracks are there? Mark: We're try to figure out.. Steve We've got more songs then we need. Mark: When you're buying an album and there's 16 songs and you're like; 'there should be 10..' Vinny: You loose interest after a certain time. Mark: 10 to 12, 12 songs max.
So where do you draw your insperation for your song writing from?Is it what you see happening around you or is it what happens to you? Mark: You nailed it! Jay: We're just going to answere 'Yes' to everything. Steve: it's people, events and everything that happens to us. It's all about true life stories and things like that. Every song that we write has some sort of background behind it about a person or some one who affected us. And life really, as cheesy as it is.
So, does the music comes first or the lyrics? Steve: it depends. If it's just something you want to get off your chest then both really. We usually write stripped down on a piano, then the whole song is done acoustic and then we add on the music after once the song is written. Mark: Every song happens differently.
Fair enough. Mark: Sorry, another sh*t answer! Steve we're really good at sh*t answers.
Here's another one: discribe what Kodaline represents in 5 words. All: We give shit answers always or Four guys who play music.
Who would you love to collaborate with? Steve: dead or alive? Sam cooke, LCD soundsystem, Bob Dylan.. Mark: Daft punk Vinny: Nicolas Jaar Steve: Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen..
Just keep on going.. Mark: Jay.. Lorraine.. We can collaborate with you.
Yes, let's do that! Jay: Jojoline Steve: Does it have to be a musician? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama..
You just can't stop Steve.. Steve: Kenny Rogers .. Not in music, just in general .. Just in life. Mark: I'd love to paint a house with him. Steve: That's a collaboration!
Source: Thewhitenoise Interview: 15-11-2012
25-07-2013 om 12:57
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Een geweldige live versie van het nummer 'All comes down to you'. Ons favoriet moment in het lied is vanaf 3:20 wanneer de hele band in harmonie het refrein zingt. Dit wordt één van de vele kippenvel momenten van Kodaline op Pukkelpop, dat is zeer zeker! :D
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What do you think about Birmingham? Mark Birmingham is our back garden! It's our home away from home. We moved here about six months ago. Steve: We're planning on staying here. We've just booked another sic months. It's so handy for touring and travelling. And Moseley's great. The hare and Hounds is good. There's so many little good places to go, and we've got a group of friends to hang out with now. Mark: We rehearse in Selly oak, so we're always there too. Steve: We've meant to play at an open mic at the Soak so many times but we just keep missing it!
High hopes has gone to nr 1 in Ireland and you've gained nomination nods from BBC and MTV in 2012. How does that feel? Mark: It's very cool. We went home to Ireland on St Paddy day, there was a big buzz there. Steve: Most people know who you are there, so we getting there gradually England's bigger so i's taking more time.
You've got a pretty extensive tour lined up between now and November. How is it going so far? We've been everywhere in England the last few weeks. Mark: Every gig's been really good and really different. We're not getting very much sleep. We went out the other day in Glasgow and we did an acoustic after show-show in the smoking area of a pub. Steve: It wasn't a wild night out, we just chilled and met some fans. It was pretty cool. Mark: people now know two songs when they come to our shows so you do have to go for it every night. But we do that anyway. It's good fun. Steve: We've played shows before when there was no one there, so it's just good to have people actually come. It's important that they do. And we're doing a bunch of festivals. Mark: we're doing little bits as well: regular shows, shooting videos, doing a television program in France, going to America.. Steve: we're touring indefinitely really. But our album's out in june, which we really looking forwards to. Mark: I love the randomness of touring. Every night you meet loads of new people. We'll sometimes just do an open mic somewhere. Steve: We're still trying to get our heads around in different accents in different areas of England. We walked into this pub the other day and the guy at the bad said: 'Whadya havin' and I was like 'wow, that's an accent!' But he goes: 'we ain't got no accent around here!' it's great to have new experiences and visit new cities. This is the first headline gig we've done in Birmingham.
Most of your videos have such a tragic story. Do you have a hand in shaping the storyboards? Mark we just approve then, we don't write them. Steve: We had a guy called Stevie Russell from Dublin do the 'High Hopes' video on the isle of weight. All we wanted was the song and the video to compliment the sound. Just random visuals which works for some kinds of music, I know. It works for rap, doesn't it? Mark: yeah, the MGMT video with the dolphins (Time to pretend) that's amazing. That wouldn't really work for us. Steve: We wanted out videos to have a message and to compliment th sounds, which we're still tryng to do. We're shooting a new video next week and for the first time we're actually going to be in there. (Love like this) I've never acted before in my life so I'm a little bit scared. Hopefully it works out well. It looks good on paper. Mark: High hopes was a shock when I first saw it because the actor Liam Cunningham (game of thrones) is in it and he's one of those persons that you recognise. We have no idea how we got him. Steve: When we initially got the outline information for the video, Liam Cunningham was an example of the kind of person who would be perfect for the role. Then I just think he heard the song and he liked it and was just.. in it. He's a bit of an Irish hero, plus our bassist Jay is a massive Game of Thrones fan.
At the start of your career, you were called 21 demands. Why the name change? Steve: people talk about the occasionally. Cause we grew up together we've always played together plus everything else in between like skateboarding and stuff. When we sere playing together when we were about 16 or 17 we called ourself 21 demands. We didn't really know what we were doing and didn't really had a voice. Our songs were terrible. In Ireland we did a TV show and we ended up having a mr 1 hit, but then after hat we just completely shied away from everything. Mark: We still don't know what we're doing. Steve: Yeah, you're always learning. But back then we really didn't know what we were doing. Our music now is very much our diary. Things that have happened to us. You have to grow older a little in order to write about experiences and stuff like that.
Tell us about working with producer Steve Harris (U2, Kaiser chiefs, ..) on the new album In a perfect world. Mark: Another Brummie! Steve: he's a good guy Mark: he's like, our friend now.
You sound surprised that you have friends. Steve: yeah, well, we've felt like outsiders in england for a while, but we're working our way in. We're best friends with Steve Harris. Mark: He lives in Yorkshire, so we spent quite a lot of time up there recording. He and Martin from our label are the ones that suggested we move here. Steve: the album was written over the past eighteen months to two years. We wrote a lot of it in the middle of Ireland at mark's parents house. In the back end of nowhere. But a lot of our EP photo's where taken there. Mark: We recorded in a few studios. Steve: we did a bit in rockafield studios in Wales. It was cool because the pixies where recording there when we were. They'd be playing next door. And then we'd walked along, passing them with a cup of thee saying: 'hay, how y'a doing?' we finished it before Christmas, so we've been sitting on it for ages. Mark: We closed the album in Birmingham, did the final mixes here. In highbudy studio with a friend of ours called John Mostyn. Steve: It's a bit daunting as the release date approaches, because it's our first album. But the more people who hear it, the better. At the end of the day it's up to them to decide if they like it or not. The response to next songs in the live shows has been good so far. Mark: and we still love playing them, which is good.
What do you feel you're bringing to the music scene right now that sets you apart from other artists whom you might be compared with. Both: That's a really good question. Mark: Eum.. Brilliance? (laughs) No.. Eum.. Steve: That's really.. Strange because music is only any one person or a group of people's opinion. All we have is our opinion. It's pretty vague answer, but I don't know. It's what our music is. Mark: It's honest with a kick of Irish irony as well. Steve: It's four Irish guys.. with no friends (laughs). Nah, we do have friends now, they've said that they're coming tonight s they should be coming.. And given that this show is sold out, I'm pretty sure they did!
Source: Brumlive Interview: 11-04-2013
23-07-2013 om 20:22
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We zijn verliefd op deze video. Kodaline wou tijdens een concert in Nederland 'bring it on home' van Sam Cooke coveren maar in plaats daarvan begint het publiek 'Proud Mary' te zingen, met grappige beelden ter gevolg!
23-07-2013 om 19:23
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Steve en Mark
Mark en Steve van Kodaline mogen bier proeven in een interview.. Good boys! :)
23-07-2013 om 19:13
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Vanaf vandaag staat het uur schema van Pukkelpop online. Voor al de Kodaline fans in België (en Nederland) of voor alle mensen die een uitstekende live band aan het werk willen zien: van 16.10 tot 17 uur staan de jongens van Kodaline in de Marquee. Voor wie we nog moeten overtuigen, bovenstaande filmpjes zeggen alvast genoeg over hun zang kwaliteiten.
Wij zullen alvast paraat zijn!
23-07-2013 om 18:14
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