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:: Spotlight :: Mandy Kane - Jumping Out Of His Skin

By: Anna Aucello

Rock stars do not come more humble and talented these days than Mandy Kane. The young star with a big future ahead of him has been on a national tour. This is being accompanied by the release of his sensational third single, Stupid Friday. Hence, with his busy schedule, Mandy Kane kindly made some time to let us in on his career influences, aspirations and how the journey has been so far.

Congratulations on a fantastic new single, Stupid Friday. It certainly has commercial appeal and I’d describe it as a melodic retro pop song. What sort of sound were you hoping to capture with this single?

I suppose I was trying to draw influences from David Bowie, John Lennon, The Beatles and other retro influences. I have used modern technology, and combined it with a bit of sound from the present and past. It’s about personal evolution as an artist.

Musically, how have you changed since your debut single Stab?

There is more diversity in the music and electronically it’s different. The melodic sound has always been there and I suppose it’s also about the split sides to a personality and how people change. There are two sides to people and with Stupid Friday, it’s been a side to me that enabled me to produce such a single.

You’re a singer, songwriter and producer. That is extraordinary for someone young. This displays enormous talent. How did you get into music?

I’ve always been interested in it. When I was 9 years old, I saw INXS and Michael Hutchence and from that point on I decided that is was what I would do. Music has always been an interest and eventually I taught myself guitar and practised all the time when I would come home from school. It’s a passion and when it’s like that it naturally comes to you. You find it easy.

Who were you listening to as a youngster?

David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen. All these artists were great and inspirational as they went beyond the boundaries of music. They created a world of their own. On the stage they were character sources and very theatrical. They had an image and a look that went together with their music. They were great personalities, sometimes larger than life.

Your debut album, Tragic Daydreams is due for release on April 5, 2004. What does the album represent to you?

A collection of stories based on personal experience. It’s about my perception of the world. There is a fantasy theme on the album and idea of the world and how I can create it and how I can twist reality. Stab is about the aggression of some of my past experiences.

Last year, you supported Marilyn Manson on their Australian tour. How did that go?

Great experience. Marilyn was really supportive of what I do. He was genuinely a nice guy. We got along well. He’s a real character with great ideas and very intelligent. He respected what I do and was helpful. We just see the image of Marilyn Manson and the theatrical side but behind that he is a great person. The show went really well.

On stage, you are amazing. What has been the reception from audiences?

Well, confused, at times, divided as well, I suppose. A lot of people come to the shows for something different and they do get a surprise but end up liking it! Generally, the audiences have been really good.

Personally, which of the following three is the biggest buzz; songwriting, recording in the studio or performing live?

Well they are all really different. Songwriting is great because it’s a unique part to this career. It’s about ideas, thoughts, expression and individuality. With regards to recording, it’s great in that it gives me complete control with a song. I can do it how I want and spend as long as I want on it. If I want to change something about it I can go back to it after three weeks, as it will always be there. There is flexibility attached to the recording studio. Whereas performing live is spontaneous. You do it there and then and you cannot go back to change something or correct it. Once you’ve done it, that’s it. In the studio, you have time to do it how you want and it never goes away. I prefer being a studio musician.

The future is very bright indeed! Where do you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now?

Hopefully doing bigger things. I’d like to keep writing and doing what I’m doing now. I’d like to continue creating the world of my own with all the fantasy themes and all my unique ideas and share them with audiences. It would be good to break into the U.S. and European markets and get my music there. I think that would be good and work really well, as the themes in my music are very universal and would go well with, and appeal to American audiences.

Thank you very much for your time, Mandy. It has been a delight to talk to you and we wish you the very best for the remainder of your tour and for your future.

No problem. Thank you.

The single “Stupid Friday” is out now through Warner Music Australia. Watch out for the debut album “Tragic Daydreams” in April.