Music Q&A: Otherkin

The Dublin-based indie four piece play five UK dates this spring including Jimmy’s, Manchester, 5 April after the release of debut album OK

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Living in Dublin is definitely something that informs our music, and I think you can hear this in the themes explored on our debut album OK. The connectivity of the internet has definitely made the world smaller though, so it’s impossible not to be influenced by all of the madness that’s been happening around the world over the past couple of years.

How have you evolved as an act over the years?
I think our confidence as musicians, both live and on the record, has really excelled. We’re not afraid to take risks, we just want to bring the Otherkin noise around the world, and we don’t intend on stopping anytime soon.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We are in the process of writing new material. It’s a lot of bouncing ideas off of each other and trying things out. As I said before we aren’t afraid to take risks. They don’t always work out though so there are definitely some mad ideas in the mix that might not make the cut. It’s probably still too early for our trap record.

What’s on your rider?
Hummus, veg and fresh fruit – we like to keep it healthy on the road. That being said, this is generally washed down with beer and gin or whisky. It’s all about that healthy balance.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
One of us managed to get sick on both Alt-J and Mumford and Sons tour buses the first year we played at Reading Festival. That was embarrassing, surreal and hilarious.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Pure Shores by All Saints – what a banger.

What’s your worst lyric?
“Coca-Cola roller-coaster. Love her even though I’m not supposed to.” Only messing, although that is an actual Nickelback lyric – can you believe that? How did they let him sing that? How many people heard that between creation, recording and release and thought: “Yeah, that’s the one, well done, Chad, we’ll put it on the fridge for everyone to see”? The mind boggles.

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