James Kennedy – Interview

James Kennedy – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

JK: I’m a solo artist.

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

JK: I’m from South Wales. I used to be the singer & guitarist in the Alternative Rock band ‘Kyshera’ who released 3 albums & toured internationally. Alongside the band, I also released 3 solo albums but since the band broke up in 2018, I am now launching as a solo artist with my new album ‘Make Anger Great Again’. Piers Morgan once called me a narcissistic prick.

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

JK: Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, RATM, Prince, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Squarepusher, Stravinsky, Allan Holdsworth, John Pilger, Carl Sagan, Noam Chomsky…and Piers Morgan.

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

JK: None really. To keep doing what I’m doing, perhaps. To stay curious, to stay inspired & to keep fighting for the underdog.

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

JK: I write all of my songs, play all of the instruments & produce all my own records (seven albums so far). They are often about political & social issues but can also be about personal issues too (love, death, meaning, demons).

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

JK: Twitter.

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

JK: I have no problem with it. It’s great for music lovers and can be great for artists too. The only people it’s not great for are the major labels, so that’s another reason to like it.

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

JK: Anything from Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’. Because the whole album is an absolutely flawless masterpiece.

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

JK: Certainty. I distrust certainty & anyone who is way too certain about what they’re saying. Like Piers Morgan.

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

JK: Either the Kyhera album ‘Made in China’ or my solo album ‘Home’.

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

JK: I just released my new album ‘Make Anger Great Again’ last month & 2 days ago, my book ‘Noise Damage’ came out.

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

JK: All of my music is available online to buy or steal. My music is available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, Deezer, Bandcamp, Music Glue – literally anywhere where there is music, I should be. CD’s are also available at HMV. There are a few James Kennedy’s though so just for clarity, I’m not the country & Western guy or the DJ douche from the reality TV show in America. I’m the scowling guy in the leather jacket…​

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