Interview – Kin Tala

I featured Kin Tala’s track Coast in a round-up review of Northern based artists back in January. I enjoyed their music and always like to promote smaller artists, so decided to have a chat with Dom from the band – read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Coast, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

So Coast is one of the first songs we ever wrote. It started off as a song about how annoyed I (Dom) was about Theresa May and the whole Brexit process in 2019 – which sounds like I’m absolutely mental but I’m into all that, so it was really just a song about my political frustrations, the coast through it and me trying to come out of it intact. It evolved into something a lot deeper over time, and it became more of a social commentary on our instinct to turn a blind eye to systemic problems in society. We also grew up on the Fylde ‘Coast,’ so there’s that as well. 

Coast is literally available everywhere digitally. 

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

If anything, it changed our dynamic for the better. We were able to finally spend time and focus on our sound, our production and what we really want from this, which is to make good music. 

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Long, complex and a lot of fun. We write, record and produce everything ourselves, so it can be laborious and frustrating at times. We’ve got so many tracks written, but we tend to go at one track at a time, and then just try and perfect it. It’s a learning process as well, I’ve learnt so much about production even since our first release Swallow last year, and our upcoming songs are sounding the best they’ve been.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yeah 100%, we’ve got a couple actually. We’re super excited about them, and I think they’re the best we’ve done so far. Our next track Part Instinct should be out sometime in May this year.

Are there any plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

We’re looking to release our first EP this year, with Part Instinct being the lead single. We’ve got a load of songs laid out and ready to be mixed or in the process of it. It’s just about perfecting them first! 

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

At the moment, we’re really enjoying Fontaines DC, NewDad and Warpaint’s new stuff, and last year we saw Sport’s Team and JAWS at Live at Leeds and they were just ace. Saint Jude, Mount Kimbie, Metronomy are all big inspirations for their production too. Shee and I take turns to make a playlist each month, and share that via our Spotify page, there you’ll find hundreds of artists that have inspired us over the past two years.

You’re based in Blackpool. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

It’s not as developed as other areas of the North West we’d say, but it’s got a lot of potential. We used to play a lot of gigs back in college when the indie music scene was bigger, but venue closures and then the pandemic kind of flattened what was there. Blackpool has de facto the best venue in the UK though, the Empress Ballroom – we’d love to play there one day.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’ve not currently. But we’re planning on playing at some small festivals in the summer, just to get ourselves warmed up in front of some new faces.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

It’ll be some of our first, and as a duo, you’ve always got to figure out how to fill up a room with sound and impact. We’ve had so much support from friends, family and local people though – so we’d expect a good vibe and a good crowd. The late Her’s is a big inspiration for us, they’d literally tear up the stage with just the two of them – an amazing band.

Any last words for the fans?

We’ve got a lot more coming, and we can’t wait to share it.