HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
We literally chucked a bunch of random names in a bucket and that’s what came out…only kidding, well sorta. The word ‘Firekind’ originates from an old school Judge Dredd comic (from the early 90’s). It was suggested by one of our mentors John Wadlow, who is in his own right, a legend. He brought to fame and used to manage the internationally renowned superstar Seal back in the day. John came on-board with us a couple years prior to heading off to LA to record and offered us (and still does) bucket loads of godlike wisdom.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE??
I can give you many different answers to this, but as the bassist in the band is also my brother and we’ve been gigging together since our early teens, technically this answer should count. Although we weren’t called the same name and our set consisted of mainly 70’s prog rock covers, our first show was back in 2001 (wow that’s a long time ago) at an awesome little festival that ran in our small hometown of Newton Abbot. The festival was organised by members of the music department at my school. My teacher asked if I wanted a slot at the festival, so I said yes. Then I thought to myself, ’shit, I don’t even have a band..’. Zoom ahead a couple weeks, my dad, my brother, myself and some other dude had a band and we rocked the shit out of an 11am performance on a rainy Saturday morning.
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
Literally most of my days off are spent playing guitar. So there you go.
WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
Plectrum. Always carry at least one.
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Kashmir by Led Zep is one of the coolest and most sinister tracks ever.
WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN EXPERIENCE?
I will answer this from the other side..
We once performed at a festival in Edinburgh on the same bill as Tinie Tempah, Texas and Eliza Doolittle. Back at the hotel where the aftershow party was happening, I thought I’d try and flirt with Eliza.
Long story short, I was pretty hammered (standard) I thought I’d go straight in at the deep end and ask for a hug. She said no.
But in reality maybe I shouldn’t have asked her whilst totally drunk. If I ever see her again, I think I will offer to buy her a Costa instead...