Scottish Musician Kevin McGowan speaks to me about his life, love of music and what he thinks about the future of music in this technological age…
If you love the sound of The Beatles, 1960’s influences or just great music then you’ve probably come across Scottish singer and songwriter, Kevin Patrick McGowan. Kevin, who was born and raised in Stirling near Glasgow, has had a long career in the music industry with his definitive sound that many a Beatles fan would enjoy. His musical journey started as part of former band The Coloured Dreams with fellow Scot band mate Tam Cassidy back in 1989. The duo gigged across Europe for four years in some really cool venues such as The Classic Grand in Glasgow and La Amalgame in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1996 Kevin went home to Scotland and settled down having a daughter – Jade. In 2006, Coloured Dreams came second in the Pringles Unsung Competition in London (Judges included Echo and the Bunny Men’s Ian McCulloch) and since 2007, Kevin has been a solo artist who’s established a name for himself by playing in iconic venues such as The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles and the famous Cavern Club in Matthew Street, Liverpool (an obvious dream for any Beatles fan!) for the International Pop Overthrow and played in other places across the world.
There’s no doubt that being in the music industry as a solo artist must be incredibly difficult, however Kevin has managed to overcome these hurdles and set himself apart from other artists by showing a continued determination and enthusiasm for music. Even through his band breaking up and battling through alcoholism and becoming sober for 10 years now, Kevin has taken his love of music to a whole new level with powerful lyrics and a bit of Scottish charm too. In 2008 he moved to Liverpool with his “soul mate” Beverley before they then moved to the small island of Gozo, the sister island of Malta, in 2010 where he has been busy setting up his own recording studio and record label, Imagine and Believe Records as well as playing music.
The artist, whose sound is influenced by not only “the Beatles, 1960’s and the band that plays in my head!” said: “I’ve gigged as a solo artist and with Coloured Dreams, I’d say that the best gig was in a little rough and ready bar in Glasgow with a rough and ready audience but that night it just clicked, it went really well and was just a fantastic night.
Check out Kevin’s official music video – Give and Take!
“Playing in Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles for the International Pop Overthrow Festival it was great fun and then the next moment has to be being signed obviously as an artist it’s great to be recognised and the thrill of playing to a crowd in LA is obviously hard to top!”
Listen to Kevin discuss the future of music here.
Click on the link below to view where Kevin has gigged worldwide as a solo artist and in The Coloured Dreams!