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Ones To Watch In 2009: Kid British

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Ones To Watch In 2009: Kid British
James, Adio, Sean and Simeon come from Manchester, play guitars and enjoy Britpop. However, Kid British aren't your average Oasis rip-off merchants gobbing off about being the next Manc messiahs. With influences ranging from The Specials to The Streets to Gorillaz, they make an eclectic mix of hip-hop, jangly pop, indie and reggae and pretty much everything in between. We called Adio from the band to find out what they're planning for 2009.

How did Kid British come together?
"Well, three of us were in a band called Action Manky beforehand. Sean [Mbaya] was our producer and he went by the name Kid British. We gave him a CD of our music to work on and then realised we were making the same sort of music as him. Our manager thought it would be a good idea if we teamed up with him and since 2007 we've been merged. We started out being called Kid British And The Action Manky, but we thought that was too long!"

What was the name Action Manky all about?
"Action Manky was just a funky name. 'Manky' was to do with us coming from Manchester and the 'Action' bit was just a different word for movement. We wanted something funky."

Do you think Manchester's musical heritage is a help or a hindrance to the band?
"I see it as a positive thing. People who get into our music say, 'It doesn't sound 100% like Manchester'. We just hope that we can put something down that can act as a new landmark for the city. We want people to come out afterwards sounding a bit like us. It's great to be from this city because so many of our musical heroes are from round here."

How do you feel when people describe you as the "next great Manchester band"?
"We take it with a pinch of salt really. It's nice for people to put us in that bracket, but a lot of acts get labelled 'The Next Big Thing'. It's basically up to you as a band whether you live up to it. We're certainly not popping the champagne or anything like that - the proper graft hasn't even started!"

How would you describe your music?
"Our style is our own special thing that we've conjured up together. We haven't sat down, listened to 50 different artists and thought, 'We need to get our sound like this'. It's just a natural progression for us. We're all writers and that's why it sounds so leftfield sometimes. It can go from a reggae track James started to an indie-rock track Sean may have done. It all swings around and ties in together to make Kid British."

One of your signature tunes is called 'Elizabeth'. Who is this Elizabeth?
"Elizabeth is just another word for money. We put the song into the context of a girl because we need money in the same way we need a girl. It's just a little play on words and anybody whose name is Elizabeth can stop getting excited about it! The song's come at the right time with the economy being the way it is - it fits in very well."

When are we likely to hear the Kid British album?
"We're hoping to get it done before festival season. We want to do as many festivals as we can to show people who we are. The way the music industry is these days, you have to get it right on the first album or that's it. People hear so much music in their daily lives that you have to give them something really good or they won't stick with you. We've held back some tracks from this album because we want our debut to be concrete and to cement us on the scene."

There was a story in the tabloids recently about you all loving Paris Hilton. Was that true?
"The thing about that story is that none of us thinks Paris Hilton is gorgeous. We were just sat in a pub when someone told us she was in town. We suggested that she came down to one of our gigs in a grotty little London pub and then the next day the papers were saying we had the hots for her. It was a laugh when we read it the next day and we're certainly not ringing up and complaining."

More information on Kid British at www.myspace.com/kidbritishmusic.

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