Today Far Out Magazine brings you the video exclusive from Italian based Panda Kid with their most recent single, ‘No Life On Mars’:
Ahead of the release, we spoke to the band to discuss inspirations, collaborations and the difficulty of making it in the UK:
Tell us about the name Panda Kid, where did it come from?
My stage name came up from my childhood experiences. When I was a kid me and my family used to visit the seaside every summer. We went by car, it was an old and burnt-out Fiat Panda I loved it and also the happy feelings about the upcoming holiday! I try to push these feelings into my songs, so this is why I called this project Panda Kid.
Do you think there’s room for more European guitar bands in the UK music scene?
I think that underground UK music scene is very interesting, but unfortunately very hard to conquer for European bands. Visibility is very important for a band, play around Europe is easier, cachet and deal are more considerable than UK and promoters have got an open mind for the new world wide artists.
The UK have a lot of amazing spots like London’s The Old Blue Last or Club Psychedelia and Liverpool Psych Fest for example. Not to mention there are great labels like RIP Records, Rocket Recordings and Fuzz Club that still love this kind of music, so yeah i’m positive about it.
If Panda Kid could collaborate with anyone (past or present) who would it be and what sort of track would you release?
I’m a big Flaming Lips fan, but they already split with Cyrus.. i’m in love with Syd Barrett sound but if he were still alive we’d finish too stoned before starting to write a note.
Unfortunately i’m a solitary man and my music is a way to throw up my feeling, so I don’t think I could match with someone easily.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of time what would it be?
What a nightmare man! ‘Space Oddity’ D.Bowie
For any readers who haven’t heard Panda Kid yet, describe your sound in three words.
Tropical. Bubble. Pop.
When can we expect to see Panda Kid over here for some UK shows?
I hope very soon, our booking agency are working hard to make it possible.
You’ve opted for a vinyl release of your new EP, do you think the vinyl is a format that will ever die?
I think that Vinyl format is the best way to sell your music for sure. Mp3 file or CD are easy to copy, vinyl is unique and come with amazing artwork. If you really love a band, buy their LP, spend your money and support a new artist.
What can we expect to see from Panda Kid over the next 12 months?
We are open to tour around Europe From October to December, next year i’m planning a small tour around US and i’ve got some singles ready so i hope to release it as soon as possible.