MIKE JONES (KICK)
| 1. What are you currently up to? (e.g.
We are recording our third album in Croydon at
present. It's mid-October 2002 and we're about
three-quarters of the way through it. There will be
eleven(11) brand new tracks, and we are very happy at
the way it's sounding. It has far exceeded my
| 2. Who was/is your biggest influence on your career?
As a bass player, I rate Geddy Lee of RUSH, and
spent much of my early youth learning the licks to
'Hemispheres'. As a song-writer, I liked the influence
that Mutt Lange had on Def Leppard in their early
days, up to and including 'Hysteria'.
| 3. Brief history of your work to date the style of
music you play.
KICK has released two albums world-wide. 'Consider
this...' in 1999, and 'Sweet lick of fire' in 2001.
The music is best described as contemporary melodic
hard rock. It's a veritable cocktail of the big
stadium sing-a-long choruses, which made Aerosmith and
U2 famous in the 80s, and the modern production
techniques used by Creed and Nickelback. However, we
DO have our own sound, and don't like to be
We have played tours of the UK with HARD RAIN
(ex-Magnum), VAUGHN and THUNDER, and ventured into
Europe with 80s veterans, BONFIRE. I understand that
we've sold about 30,000 albums thus far, which isn't
too bad when you consider that rock music isn't given
a fair shout by national radio, or the mainstream
| 4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of
your career to date?
The highpoint for me personally, was being taken
seriously as a song-writer. I'd strived for many years
to write a song that would capture an audience, and I
believe it happened with 'Breathless', which features
on 'Consider this...'. I know where KICK is heading to
now and my songs are progressing all the time.
As a band, touring is very cool! Apart from playing
the gigs, you get to meet lots of people, whom give
you the support, encouragement and incentive to keep
your standards high. Of course, playing in front of
3000 people every night on the Thunder tour was
Also, signing to the Sanctuary record label was a real
buzz for us four years ago. Amongst other name
artists, they manage Iron Maiden, but it seems that
they hadn't a useful agenda for us and the deal fell
apart. Sanctuary are releasing a collection of
Christmas tunes this year - that seems to be the sort
of rubbish they like to invest their money in!
| 5. How easy is it to gets gigs? What is the live music
We have already been invited to play
gigs/festivals next year, which will coincide with the
release of our third album. Touring is a very costly
business, but we hope to play a few shows in 2003.
If you're Robbie Williams or Oasis the live scene is
great!!! However, for bands like us who are looking to
playing smaller venues, it seems that only a handful
of die-hard fans support the scene. YOUR UK ROCK BAND
What do you think of the state of rock music at the
moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the
Internet helped music grow or hindered it?
Rock music will always exist in one form or
another. There are many more rock fans in the market
place than record companies would care to admit to.
The trouble is that it costs so much more for a new
rock band to record albums and to tour, than your
average computer-age, manufactured pop act. Rock bands
refuse to mime too, which must upset record companies,
because it's a lot more work to 'mike' up a band than
to press a button on a DAT player!!!
I listen to Jezzer's show on Virgin on the way home
from the studio just before midnight on weekdays. He
discusses sexual and relationship problems, and most
stories which are phoned through, raise a laugh, even
though the majority are serious to the caller. How
people end up in such a mess defies logic sometimes!
I'm forever on the prowl for ideas for lyrics and
real-life angles on scenarios are better than
fabricated ones, so in that instance, the radio is
beneficial. Virgin radio and XFM keep music 'real' -
no Boy/Girl Bland crap! We'll be sending our next
album to those stations.
The internet is a superb tool for bands. We have a new
KICK web-site at www.kickonline.supanet.com which
has had over 1700 hits in just under two months. It
keeps us in touch with our fans. We hope to exploit
the internet and have samples and perhaps video clips
on our site in future. Thanks to Captain Thunder for
his help on that front!
If you could create a fantasy band - what would be
the line-up and why?
The band would be called 'SWEET LICK'. It would be
our very own tribute band and they'd play KICK songs!
On drums: Tommy Aldridge (power and precision!)
On bass : Geddy Lee (love that old Rickenbacker sound!)
On keyboards: Jon Lord (Hammonds are us too!)
On guitar: Steve Stevens (as versatile as they come!)
On vocals: Bryan Adams (has an even better voice live than on CD!)
It would be cool to sit back and watch these guys
perform our songs, but I still reckon we'd play them
| 8. What CD's do you currently have available and where
can they be purchased from?
KICK albums have been distributed into Virgin
stores around the country. There were one or two in
HMVs too, but you should consider looking at some
on-line retailers such as Loud 1, Destiny Records or
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