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Interview: Everyone You Know

On November 12th, Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby of Everyone You Know will be taking over Heartbreakers in Southampton. I was fortunate enough to chat to the pair and find out more about the band that have been drawing comparisons with the likes of The Streets, Palace and The XX.

Could you tell me how you initially got involved with music and who influenced you?
Our family are all bang into their music and when we were younger our dad used to Dj and have decks around the house. So that was our first introduction to music. My uncle used to produce and MC as well, so it was always something that was around us growing up.

For those who are new to your music what three tunes would you advise them to listen to?
I would say ‘Our Generation’, ‘The Drive’ and ‘She Don’t Dance’. And to be honest probably something like Sinners as well. Just because those tunes show every side to us and give a good representation of who we are and what we stand for.

Can you describe how you felt after releasing your first single?
It was a nice feeling to be fair. We had the tune for a while before we managed to get it out, so we were excited to finally release it. It’s not one of those things where you put out a tune and your life instantly changes, but it got a great response and it was nice to finally have something out.

Over the years has your approach to performing live changed? And if so how?
Yeah it definitely has. When we first started Harv was just on the decks and I was on the mic. But we are always looking to add to our live show and improve it. We’ve obviously added Paige to our set up (drums) and we are gonna added a guitarist too. So after our shows we are always thinking of ways to make the next one better.

How do you feel when you share your music for the first time? Do you prefer to share new music live where you can see the crowd’s reaction first hand or online perhaps?
It’s a bit of both to be honest. When you make a tune that you know is a banger it’s always good to give it a run out in the live sets. We were playing ‘She Don’t Dance’ for a good 8/9 months before it got released. And everyone time we played it, it went off. So I think if you play a tune out live and it gets a good reaction then you get a good indication of what response it will get once it’s released properly.

What bands and artists are you currently listening to and how are they inspiring you to explore and implement new ideas with your music?
The only thing that we are properly into at the moment is ‘Hoodies All Summer’, Apart from that there is nothing that we are crazy about at the moment. It’s a weird one because we never hear something new and think ‘we need a tune like that’. A lot of our inspiration comes from stuff that has been out 15+ years.

What can those fortunate enough to have tickets expect from your live show?
I think they can expect a lot of energy. There are moments in our set that properly boot off. But on the flip side, we have the real hands in the air sing-a-long moments with ‘Our Generation’ and ‘Wasted Love’ etc. So our live show is a bit of a roller coaster. One minute your moshing, the next your crying on your pal’s shoulder.

What can we expect from you over the next twelve months?
The next twelve months are gonna be really busy for us. We can’t give away to much but we have a lot of exciting stuff coming up! So make sure you keep an eye out.

If I’m honest, before speaking to the guys I’d never heard of them, but I’m so glad that I took the oppertunity to speak with Rhys and Harvey as I really enjoy their music and I’m excited to see their inevitable rise in the near future.


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