It’s time to get to know British rocker Kim Seviour! We set Kim 10 questions about her musical likes, guilty pleasures and what music means to her!
How would you describe your taste in music?
I’m one of those really vague people that says “I like a bit of everything!” as I’ve been exposed to a lot of different music through my life so it’s a mish mash of what I’ve heard. Anything that’s interesting with a sense of passion though is really important to me, although sometimes you can’t beat a great pop tune too!
Who do you consider to be your favourite band and why?
My favourite band is called Our Lady Peace, who are from Canada. I was introduced to their music in 2003 when a friend sent me the track Innocent, and I adored the song and what it was about. Their music and lyrics always resonated with me on a deep level, and their albums have varied so much through their career.
Who is the best live artist/ band you’ve ever seen?
I’ve got 2 really memorable gigs. One is Our Lady Peace. I’d been waiting to see them headline a gig for nine years, and they announced that they were headlining Canada Day in 2012 in London. Seeing a band I been desperate to see for so long playing a free gig in Trafalgar Square whilst the fountains were flowing and the sun was setting around us was just unreal.
The other gig was Coldplay. I got tickets for my brother Lee’s birthday as he was a fan of them in their earlier days, and they were playing at Wembley. I’d never realised what a fantastic yet down to earth showman Chris Martin was. That coupled with the light show created such an amazing atmosphere, we were lost in it from beginning to end. My brother is normally more of an Alice Cooper/Ozzy fan, and he also said he’s not been to a gig which has surpassed that one.
What is the one song that you could listen to forever?
Our Lady Peace – Innocent. 14 years after hearing it for the first time, I can still play it endlessly for hours. It never gets old for me.
What album, if any, was a turning point in your ‘musical life’ and why?
Spiritual Machines by Our Lady Peace (see a theme running here?!) Not only because the album was great and the songs centred around hope through adversity, but they were the first band that I became passionate about on my own – not because it was linked to friends/family/shared experiences or whatever. It was a band that I knew purely because they touched me on an individual level without anyone else’s influence. I think you learn a lot about yourself when you find things that you personally love.
In 3 words, what makes a good album or song?
Passion. Variety. Lyrics.
A festival or a gig? Why?
As much as I love festivals and I’ve had some amazing experiences at them, I’m definitely more of a gig person. Gigs feel like more of an engaging and personal experience between the audience and the band. Plus, they’re more than often indoors (even at a stadium), so you’re all shutting the world away for this experience. Hippyish? Maybe!!
Who would be your 3 dream festival headliners?
Our Lady Peace. Flyleaf. Breaking Benjamin.
HOWEVER, about 10 years ago, a festival played in London with Peter Gabriel, Crowded House and The Feeling playing, and I will regret for the rest of my life that I couldn’t make that one!
Who are the best new band you’ve discovered lately that everyone should know about?
I haven’t discovered many new bands of late as I’ve cocooned myself with bands I’m already a fan of, but I’m loving a band called Awolnation. They’re a mash of so many different musical types, I think they’re brilliant.
What band or artist is your secret, or not so secret, guilty pleasure?
Josh Groban! I’m a HUGE Josh fan. I’ve been so public about my love for his music (ok, and I swoon over him) that people on Facebook message me to make sure I don’t miss his TV appearances. I’ve seen him play a few times and I’m determined to meet him one day!!