A Toxteth-based musician is making waves in the industry and believes the town’s music scene is moving towards a ‘new era’.
Liverpool singer and songwriter Kieran Molyneux, known professionally as Kieo, self-recorded his debut single Tearaway and released it last summer. The only “exceeded expectations” and since then has seen the 29-year-old play major gigs and record two new songs – the first of which, Happy To Lose My Mind, will be released in March.
The lifelong Liverpool fan believes the city’s music scene is “thriving in every way” and is embarking on a “new era” not seen since the 1960s.
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Speaking to ECHO, the musician explained how his support for Liverpool FC has led to relationships which have seen him play shows all over the world.
Kieo said, “I’ve been playing and writing music for years, but in terms of releasing music and releasing songs, I’ve been an original artist for about a year. I released my first single Tearaway last August, then this year I recorded two songs and one of them will be released in March.
“My single release last year exceeded expectations, since then I’ve played the title track, recorded two new songs, the first of which will be released in March.”
Kieo recently announced new shows in Oslo and Reykjavik with BOSS Night, where he will be supporting fellow Liverpool artist and friend, Jamie Webster.
BOSS started in 2007 as a Liverpool FC fanzine called BOSS Mag. In 2011, its founders organized a concert for their friends in agreement with the magazine, named BOSS Night. Since then it has grown and grown with events in Liverpool and around the world.
With Jamie Webster, Kieran ‘Kieo’ Molyneux, Ben Burke, Timo Tierney and often special guests like John Power, Peter Hooton, Ian Prowse and Jamie Carragher, the events continued to grow in popularity and power.
Kieo continued: “I have been involved with the LFC Boss Night fan night for a few years, we were events after Liverpool games and we played shows in Qatar, Germany, everywhere. We have was lucky that it took us all over the world.The events reflect today’s culture.
“I’m a big Red and got in touch with an agency and was able to represent Liverpool and model their clothes, this club that I’ve supported for years, which was amazing. I was invited back for a second campaign that is out now.
“Representing LFC was a proud moment after following the club for so many years, [and being] included in the matchday schedule. [I was proud when] Tearaway was played at Anfield.”
Of his support of Jamie Webster, Kieo said: “I have been friends with Jamie for years, we have shared rehearsal rooms, we are good friends. I am composed to see his success, I know that he works very hard, I saw it first hand.”
The musician organizes a series of Beatles events. He said: “As an artist we all have influences and I’ve been a big Beatles fan all my life. I wanted to create this because it’s something that probably should already exist in our town.
“With so many Beatles fans living here and visiting here every week, I would like to create something that can celebrate the music and albums they have released and combine that with fun, laughs and something that everyone love – a Beatles song.
“The evening will be split into three parts. Each week will start with a different album listening party, followed by the Beatles quiz consisting of four rounds, before the night passes into the hands of the public for Beatles karaoke. I will be presenting the evening and the goal for me is to bring people together for a night of Beatles music, laughter and singing.
“There will be a different album to listen to each week. We are kicking off the event with The Red Album which covers the hits of the Beatles in their early years from 1962 to 1966. The next event will then be the Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me, chronologically followed by With The Beatles, A Hard Days Night etc. The selected album will be played on vinyl and will start the evening around 7 p.m.
The event begins this Sunday, February 6. The first event will take place at The Angus Tap and Grind on Dale Street in the city centre. Kieo dubbed it “a great bar that gave me the opportunity to create something good for the people of this town every Sunday.”
Kieo is looking forward to thriving in the music industry and has big ambitions to take their music all over the world.
He added, “I’m planning on doing another show this year before Sound City. I want to go around the world with my music and get my music out to as many people as possible; be on tour, live on tour, that kind of thing.
“I think the music scene here [in Liverpool] is booming. I don’t think Liverpool have had such a strong music scene since those famous days of the 60s, it’s like a new era and we’re thriving in all areas – we’ve got rappers taking serious steps, we’ve got bands touring the world. It’s exciting to be a part of this era of Scouse music that’s making a name for itself.”
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