Kissy Sell Out chats to WesternEye about his early career aspirations and memorable gigs…
How did you get into music?
“I always thought that I was going to be an artist or a graphic designer for a living. My music career sort of took off completely by accident because what I was actually trying to do was simply boost content for my record label and sell ‘real’ people’s music. But what was ironic was that the music that I had of people from my university and town didn’t sell a single unit, but the Kissy Sell Out stuff just took off and suddenly all these DJs all over the world were playing it. I never had any confidence in my own music hence the ironic name Kissy Sell Out. I would have liked to be an expressive painter if I’m honest with you, but my mum always said that I wouldn’t make any money at all and wouldn’t even be able to afford my own house or anything like that. I am also completely fascinated with science and obsessed with space, I’ve read every book that there is to read about it. Some of the things people have discovered about space can affect your whole life. So I kinda wish that I’d gone into science really.”
So, tell us about one of your favorite gigs?
“One of the best gigs that I’ve ever been to was actually when I saw Babyshambles at Colchester University around five or six years ago and it was just the atmosphere. Everyone was thinking Pete Doherty wasn’t going to show up, so everyone just started chanting and there was a lot of bonding going on between the crowd. They ended up coming on about 45 minutes late but by that time the crowd were so rowdy, but obviously still wanted a good time. When they come out, everyone went crazy and started throwing beer in the air. I remember I went with this girl to that gig and afterwards, I was so covered in beer that she wouldn’t touch me. I didn’t care because I was having such a good time. Oddly, I’m not even a Babyshambles fan, but I would still rate that as one of the best gigs that I’ve ever been to. I think that was also the part of my life when the electro scene was kind of blowing up on the underground in the UK.”