“Can’t tell, it’s a secret!” That is what, Mark, Vinny and Jason from Kodaline have told me regarding their summer schedule. The band is booked for some festival, but, no way I have been able to get some news regarding their summer tour dates. But names are slowly appearing on European lines-up: maybe there is the chance that the four Irish guys will pass by some Danish festivals? For now, it is hard to know, but that didn’t prevent us to have a lovely chat with them, asking not only about their music, but getting some insight on their life and their beloved country, Ireland.
You mention that music is therapy, you use it to come through difficult stages of our life. As it seems you’re flying high now, will therapy still be a way to describe your music in the next album? What will change?
Mark: We are half way through with the second album, lyrics wise. With the first album we’ve never been on tour, travelling the world. By being on the road, we’ve experienced a lot of new things, met a lot of people. It is still therapy, in a different way. In the next album, we are not gonna try to create a new sound. We started writing song, we push ourselves. I think we are we kinda getting better lyric wise, and as band.
Which song has been the most difficult to put into words, to transform from feeling into actual words?
Mark: Usually it is the sound that do not come straight, the lyrics are easier, as you take them out your chest.
Jason: They are not mine or Vinny’s lyrics, but we know what they are all about. All of the song are very personal, they are personal for all of us because we know what Mark and Steve have been through..They are all are quite difficult to perform, as it takes you back to what have happened.
Your parents seemed worried about you attempt to pursue a music career (Steve dropped out of college for this project), how is it like now?
Mark: Our parents are our biggest fan, but there was obviously a long period in which we were still doing music because we loved it and we were not making a living out of it. And from a parent’s point of view it seemed quite worrying, we spent a couple of years writing in our rooms, but they believed in it. We were doing small shitty jobs in the meantime. I was working in supermarket, putting stuff on shelves. I worked in a little garage. I worked in a call center before…People just scream at you! It was crazy!
Tell us about your upcoming plans?
All:We are going to continue recording and hopefully our next album will be released at the beginning of next year, around in March. But for now we will have some gigs in Australia and US, and will be on tour until September , October, with some festivals in summer.
After a long time you’ve been playing without having fame, how do you cope with succes?
Mark: It feels good to have a recognition for something you’ve done. It is awesome to have to do this for a living, to travel around the world. You can call it your job, we are doing it everyday, but we are doing what we’ve been doing in the last years, so there is not much change.
We signed a fan’s forehead, once. She was going around with our signature on her forehead for all the three days of the festival, that’s what was not happening before!
How do you relate with your fans?
Vinny: We have been extremely lucky, we are just happy that people come to see our show and sing our songs . We use Facebook and Twitter to share news and we check them after the show to see what people think about our performances. It is the way we can connect and interact with our audience, you can announce gigs and tours, it something that would have be impossible just five years ago.
Jason: Everybody have been really supportive, no one have been really mean with us. A lot of people have set fan pages on our band, they have been working even more than us!
Do you think that the crisis that there’s been around have influenced the Irish music scene?
Jason: There’s been a lot of crisis in the last years, but band started out in this environment. As well, Beatles came out from a period of depression. Every time a country take a step back culturally, it takes a step forwards again, which is great. And Ireland’s culture really came out in the last two year. There are more bands coming out in Dublin and there’s an incredible vital and strong music scene nowadays.
They run towards another interview, leaving me with some bands’ name to check out (Hudson Taylor, Hozier, Kid Karate, The Strypes, The Galaxy), some with who they hang around as well, in downtown Dublin.