Interview by: Alexie Jung
Derry singer Kid Apollo just released his 4th EP titled ‘Four Fires’ and we got to speak with him about his background, recording music and performing live after the pandemic.
Hi Kid Apollo! Where does your stage name come from?
Just a bit of messing around with existing names really! I was always drawn towards a name with a couple of words, and “Kid” just seemed natural enough to start with. “Apollo” seems to be used for every other brand on the planet, but it was also the name for the Greek God of music and arts so, I think I thought it just fit. Not that I think I’m a God or anything.
What made you want to pursue a career in the music industry?
I’ve always loved music and enjoyed making it, so it seemed the logical next step to release it for other people to hear. The music industry itself is fickle and unpredictable, but I’ll always love the process of simply making the music, which is what its all about.
You’ve just released your 4th EP and it was the first time that you recorded in a professional studio. How was the whole experience?
It was a brilliant experience. I gained lots of valuable knowledge in recording and production, as well as getting to play with some fun toys. It was great fun as well which is always essential!
Do you have a favorite song from the EP? And why?
It’s very hard to pick, but the one that stands out the most is probably ‘Smokescreen’, due to the process of creating it, and the fact it is probably the catchiest song of the whole EP in my opinion.
You started your career during the pandemic so you couldn’t do any live shows yet. Is it something you’d like to change and start performing?
I already have! I dusted off the cobwebs at the end of August with a solo gig in my hometown. There will be more going forward – watch this space!