Growing up in Glasgow, KOOLKID was surrounded by live music from a young age which inspired him to pick up the guitar and have a go at writing his own material. Since the age of 15, he has been building his music career with songwriting and live performances up and down the UK.
We caught up with him to chat about where he's from, his rise to fame and what's next up!
Where are you from?
I'm from a small little town just outside Glasgow in Scotland. It's called Coatbridge and not an awful lot goes on there.
How can you best describe your sound?
I like to bring many different elements to my sound. Atmospheric pop with singer-songwriter vibes. A nice mix of those three.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I have so many influences in music. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson a lot! Right now though, artists I look up to are Lauv, Blackbear, Julia Michaels. I could go on for hours listing them all off but these artists stand out to me.
If someone was visiting Glasgow for the first time, where should they check out?
If you are visiting Glasgow for the first time, make sure you take a trip to the west end. You'll find a little street called Ashton Lane which has really nice bars and restaurants.
Also Kelvingrove museum is a must. Really interesting and is one of my favourite places in Glasgow. If you want to experience Glasgow nightlife, I recommend Sanctuary Night Club. This is one of my favourite places. Although if you are a student, I'd say to visit The Garage! It's awesome.
Beach club, sweaty rave or acoustic night?
Definitely beach club! I am all about the nice warm weather, white sand and good vibes. I would take that over a sweaty rave any day!
What's the story behind ‘Mikrokosmos’ which you wrote with BTS?
Mikrokosmos is a song for the fans. BTS wanted to give something back to their incredible fans ARMY so we created this HUGE stadium anthem and the boys made magic in the studio.
What can we expect from you next?
My next single 'Feelings' has just been released and I've been super excited for the world to hear this one. I'm still working with BTS and I am super excited for what they have coming also.
My plan this year is to make really great music and lots of it!
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