British songwriter and instrumentalist, Miles Keane, embodies the idea that artists are in fact the sum of all their influences. And Kane’s influences are many. Growing up, a skilled musician started playing music from his family – his mother, in particular. He remembers Motown and the Beatles at family gatherings. Kane was born in Birkenhead, England, which is across the river from Liverpool (hence Mop Tops). About 12 years old, Ken found the guitar; Namely, the Hispanic style of its three-quarter body cousin. He says he became obsessed.
Soon he had his own book, along with Oasis’ chord book (What’s the story) Morning glory? With each passing day, Kane absorbed more and more music, especially from his cousins, who would go on to form the popular UK band The Coral. And at the age of 18, Kane began collaborating with famous British rocker Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys. Now, all of these elements are expertly shaped and presented in Kane’s latest LP, change display, which is out Friday (January 21).
“While I was doing it in high school,” Kane told the American songwriter of his early guitar plucking, “I was also playing the saxophone. I was taking saxophone lessons; I was obsessed with Pink panther Trait. But as soon as the guitar came on board, I felt much cooler.”
For a long time, says the 35-year-old, he just wanted to be a guitarist. He had no visions of the spotlight falling directly on him as a leader at the front. For him, the guitar represents a place of joy and a path from his small town beginnings. It was both the professor and the gate.
“I almost saw it as a way out,” says Keane.
Growing up around Liverpool, the Beatles are a mainstay. But Ken felt his ear was drawn to shredders like Link Wray and Dick Dale. Say anything with a hit bar. I also love Echo & the Bunnymen, Siouxsie, and Banshees. Kane soon found himself in his own projects, such as the band The Little Flames. While on the road with this group, he met Turner. The two later formed their own project, The Last Shadow Puppets. The two stumbled backstage while touring together and the songs turned into big rocky tunes.
“We started playing the guitar and he invited me to play the guitar [The Arctic Monkeys’] The second album. It was the first time we worked together and we felt really good.”
At the time, Kane says, there was an emphatic “don’t care” attitude. They played big and hard. Ken says they were young and naive. But this helped them push towards new discoveries together. Similarly, Kane later worked with other big names, such as producer Mark Ronson, and famous rocker Noel Gallagher (from the band Oasis onwards). (What’s the story) Morning glory Chord book).
“All those moments, it’s surreal. When you’re in it, you don’t really think about it. It’s just when you’re in a sitting position that it’s so special,” says Kane.
It can be strange to team up with your heroes, even if your music is on par for the moment. As people, we often have a hard time appreciating the golden moments when they happen. But while Kane understands this, he’s not ashamed of it either. He puts his head down and pushes towards those moments.
“When you’re outside your comfort zone like this, you don’t know what to expect,” he says. “But when you’re really outside your comfort zone, it’s a real healthy thing. It’s hard to do sometimes because it’s not what you’re used to. But whenever you do it, the progress is always.” “Keep on pressing the next uncomfortable thing to make it comfortable,” he adds.
Kane’s new album is a cornucopia that represents his whole life. The album, his fourth single, is reminiscent of the bulging glamour of works like George Michael or Prince. Includes Motown funk, rock guitar with a splash of sparkle. In a way, the energy within him is a response to all the negativity that’s been in the air lately, from the political to the social and everything in between. Kane says that as he wrote more and more songs, he began to find the sound of the new LP.
“Once all the songs were written, the recording process was, I dare say, really fun,” he says.
As the artist looks to the future, he has a big tour ahead that begins on January 28. He’ll cruise across the UK and Europe, then kick off the festivals in the spring. Meanwhile, if there’s any hiatus, Kane says he wants to write and complete the songs for his next release, possibly later this year. But it’s all about the live shows. That’s what he lives for, he says. That excitement. It is an opportunity for him to flaunt all his feathers in front of a crowd ready to flap their wings in unison. This is the strength of Kane’s often prolific music.
“The way you make me feel,” says Keane. “It has been a life saver for me, at times, the music has been. He is always there for me.”
Miles Kane tour dates:
Friday 28 Manchester, Albert Hall
Monday 31st Sheffield, The Mill
Tuesday 1st LEEDS, O2 Academy
Thursday 3 New Castle, O2 Academy
Friday 4 Glasgow, O2 Academy
5 Saturday Birmingham, O2 Institute
Monday Seventh Cardiff, Tramshid
Tuesday 8 Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 10 Oxford, O2 Academy 1
Friday 11 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 12th Norwich, Waterfront
The 14th Monday of Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 15 Northampton, Roadminder
Wed 16 London, Roundhouse
Friday 18 Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 19 Liverpool, O2 Academy 1