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INTERVIEW

This
Charming
Man

February 2019

Miles Kane, a long-standing fan of the brand, has been dividing his time between the UK and LA. His third collection for Fred Perry reflects both worlds, and a laid-back off-stage vibe as he embarked on his first solo album in five years, with Coup de Grace.

Name

<p>Miles Kane</p>

Where are you from?

<p>The Wirral, by Liverpool.</p>

What do you do?

<p>I sing, play guitar and perform and write tunes.</p>

Describe your style in three words:

<p>Always in check.</p>

What kind of music defines the teenage you?

<p>It would be Oasis, probably. I’d always be listening to music at school on a mini-disc. I’d make compilations, I was a big fan of the mini-disc! So, Oasis, The Verve, and I also liked Badly Drawn Boy when he first came out. I’d always be listening to music and going off in a daydream.</p>

A song from your favourite album?

<p>I’m listening to a lot of punk and post-punk, and I’ve been really obsessed with that first Damned album. There’s a song on there called ‘Neat Neat Neat’ that I’ve just been hammering. I’ve been listening to a lot of post punk; like the Cramps, the Misfits...</p>

A British icon that has inspired your sound?

<p>I’m trying not to just say Oasis! I’ll go with the Beatles. They definitely had an impact on me, from their music and their style. I guess that goes for Oasis and Paul Weller too.</p>

What new bands are you listening to at the moment?

<p>I do like Cabbage.</p>

What’s been your all-time favourite gig that you’ve been to?

<p>One of the first ever gigs I went to when I was about 15, was the Super Furry Animals in Liverpool. It was one of the first gigs I ever went to and I really looked forward to it. We were down at the front and really loving it, in the mosh pit. That gig, and Oasis comes to mind.</p>

What was it like growing up near Liverpool at that time?

<p>That was the start of the Coral, and I sort of grew up around that time. Seeing them on stage for the first time made me go, “wow… I want to do that! If they can do it, then I’m gonna give it a go.” It was definitely inspiring being around that and seeing it for the first time, it was a good vibe. Every Saturday I used to go to this club called La Bateau - downstairs was Indie and upstairs was Soul and Motown - I think that changed my life! I remember getting matey with the DJ upstairs, Paul. He put me onto so many cool obscure Northern Soul records and then he’d always give me a lift home. A lot of getting into all of that and delving deeper is down to Paul!</p>

“Playing live is everything. It does so much for me. It’s the best form of release. It’s my favourite thing in all of this, making music, writing music. It’s where I get the biggest kick.”
If you could be on the line up with any other band in history, who would you choose?

<p>Oasis, probably.</p>

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history, who would it be?

<p>Diana Ross. I love Motown and when I was young, I got a bit obsessed with the Supremes. Baby Love, and all those classics, they remind me of dancing with my mum.</p>

A song to end an all-nighter?

<p>I’m not really into them slow, depressing songs. I guess it would just be something to keep going! Let’s do a Bee Gee’s song – ‘Nights on Broadway’.</p>

What was the first song you played on repeat?

<p>There’s a million. The one that sticks in my mind, probably not the first, but there is a song called ‘Psychotic Reaction’ by The Count Five that comes into my head. At the time, it was an obscure tune that had a great guitar and the beat changes half way through. I remember hearing that when I was a kid, I’d never heard anything that sounded like that. You know, I grew up listening to T-Rex and Bowie, Motown and Soul but that tune, when I first heard that, it kind of changed things. It opened the doors for me to get into all of that 60s psych stuff.</p>

A song you wish you’d written yourself?

<p>It’s a classic, but I’ve always loved Paul Weller – ‘Changing Man’ just because I love the lyrics. I love any song when it’s written personally about a change in yourself or a change in life. You know when you go through life, and you think, “I’ve got this, it’s all mapped out and I’m comfortable in who I am…this is me” and then the shit hits the fan. It turns it upside down and then it’s like a fucking roller-coaster again and you can spiral. I love any song that touches on that; a sort of sense of self and that continuing journey that everyone is on to be a better person or to be a better version of yourself.</p>

What was the last piece of music you bought?

<p>It was this song by Baxter Dury, ‘Miami’. A friend put me on to him. I’ve had it on repeat and I love the lyrics. I’m really into songs like that at the minute, like a poetic rant. That tune, I can’t stop playing it, it’s got me...</p>

Best song to bring people together?

<p>‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Staton.</p>

What’s the best love song of all time?

<p>I do love ‘Real Love’ by John Lennon.</p>

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