First Person - with Kevin Quinn

Kevin Quinn
Kevin Quinn

AS a huge fan of local music, I’m becoming more and more dismayed at the lack of support from the media in supporting our aspiring musicians.

This was highlighted recently when my radio show, Kingdom Cuts, was dropped by Kingdom FM due to falling listening figures.

I realise this will sound like sour grapes on my part, but this isn’t about me - it’s the amazing, varied musical talent here in Fife. That’s who I feel sorry for.

When I started Cuts in May 2011 I only did it because nobody else was giving a voice to local music.

I had no radio experience whatsoever and went in to the whole thing a bit blind. My only thought was to get some of the amazing Fife acts I knew on to the radio.

Since then I have discovered countless more extremely talented local acts.

Quality

I am very passionate and proud of Fife’s variety of musical talent - and I’m from Edinburgh! The quantity and quality of acts here is as good as, if not better than, anywhere else in Scotland - and a million times stronger than my home city.

But this talent needs a platform and support from local media if anybody is going to hear them.

Kingdom Cuts was only on for 12 minutes a week, so I really can’t get my head round why the last show will be broadcast today.

Why does it matter that people don’t listen for this tiny percentage of time?

It’s a real shame as there are literally dozens of immensely talented local acts across all genres of music right on our doorstep.

Bluesician Homesick Aldo from Buckhaven, shoe-gazing rockers Calm as the Colour from Cardenden, Glenrothes rockers Tomas Bird and the Blonde Spirit, rapper Supa J-Me from Cowdenbeath, Rosyth dance-rockers the Draymin - all immensely talented, but shown very little support.

Some Fife acts have managed to find some success despite this lack of local help. King Creosote, through his own record label, has released over 40 critically acclaimed albums and Dunfermline indie rockers Modern Faces supported

Success

Kasabian last year on an English tour and are signed to the PR company behind Adele, The Enemy and Calvin Harris. Val Verde supported Bon Jovi at Murrayfield in 2011, while Glenrothes lo-fi indie rockers Tango In The Attic headed to the SXSW festival earlier this year and are currently doing well in the American charts with their second album ‘Sellotape’.

I’m proud to say that all of these acts have appeared on Kingdom Cuts.

But, it seems that any big-hype band in Scotland tends to come from Glasgow, as that’s where most of Scotland’s media is based.

Although there are fewer media outlets here surely the likes of Kingdom FM should be trying to promote the talent right here?

I’ve seen countless local promoters and producers as well as the musicians putting their heart and soul into their passion, only to receive no media support whatsoever, leading ultimately to very little or no success. Given the difficult economic times, the local music industry needs support now more than ever.

Fifers should be proud of their local musicians, but I guess they have to hear them first to pass judgement. Instead, their local radio station bombards them with cheesy American pop like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

>> Kingdom Cuts, today (Thursday) around 9.30 p.m. on Kingdom FM.