In Conversation with…KISMET RYDING

Grimsby/Cleethorpes four piece Kismet Ryding are just what you need to get the party started, they make music that makes you want to dance and sing along to. Their latest EP is no exception to that, Look.See.Don’t.Trip features six energetic, fast paced, groovy garage rock tunes. They are finally taking to the stage in Manchester for their first gig here, next month, 6th December at Gullivers, tickets only £3 adv., click here for more info and make sure you head down because it’s one not to be missed.

I caught up with the band’s drummer and vocalist, Jazz White, to discuss their upcoming European tour with fellow Grimsby band and mates of theirs, The Brew and everything else in between. Read on for more.

Describe Kismet Ryding in three words or less.

Absolute musical mayhem.

You’ve just released your new EP, Look.See.Don’t.Trip, how’s the response been to that so far?

The response has been excellent, we’ve had some cracking reviews, and people have been buying the EP and giving us great feedback, not only about the music but the artwork and product as a whole. So overall we are very happy with the new EP. 

Can you give us an insight into your songwriting process. Where do you start and how do you put a song together?

Well it usually starts with either a good old argument (brothers in the band you see!) or more frequently we will just start jamming, and take it from there, pick out the cool parts, and form a song from them!

Can you tell us a little bit about the record label that you’ve set up, Ryding Records?

We like to challenge ourselves, and try things out on our own, so we thought releasing the EP through our own label would be a cool idea. 

Kismet Ryding’s latest video for single, Comin’ Up

What’s a show for Kismet Ryding normally like?

Mental! At our most recent hometown gig there were bodies everywhere! People falling down, rolling on the floor, falling onto the stage.

It’s just one big party, and we love it.

You’re going on an international tour across Europe next year with fellow Grimsby band, The Brew. Firstly congratulations on that, and how did that come about. Is there any place, in particularly, that you’re most looking forward to playing?

Cheers! We’ve been friends with The Brew for a long time, and have played with them a few times in Grimsby in the past, but this time we were ready to head out a litter further. It’s great to not only be experiencing our first European tour, but also with it being with close mates of ours it makes it even better.

I think Belgium is one for us, with the Spirit of ’66, and our bassist Tom actually roadied for The Brew back when he was 16, and has some great memories of being in Belgium, so it will be cool for him to go back too.  

If you could create your dream line-up for a gig, who would you choose to be on the bill?

When we talk about this usually it turns into a full scale festival! Right now though I’d say The Family Rain, Cage The Elephant, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, & Kasabian. We get to play too though, right? 🙂 

Yeah absolutely! That line up is pretty immense, I’d be there for sure. You are very active on social media, twitter and facebook in particularly. How important is to for you to connect with your fans that way?

It’s extremely important these days, people practically live on social sites, including us! So it’s a great way to network, and get your music out there.

We’ve received a lot of help from people we have met through facebook/twitter etc, so for that we are grateful.

We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?

We had The Darlingtons support us recently, and they’re a great band, top lads too. We’ve also recently become acquainted with Little Brother Eli who are a really cool band. And there’s also our mates, The Black Delta Movement from across the water in Hull, who we’ve played with several times and they’re awesome.

As we’re approaching the end of 2013. What do you hope to achieve by the end of this year and what can we be expecting from Kismet Ryding in the New Year?

We are currently writing new material, by the end of 2013 we should have enough new material to begin recording in the New Year. 2014 should see us releasing the new material, and constantly gigging!


A special thanks to Kismet Ryding for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.

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Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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