By Tyler Fox (@TylerFox585)
I just can’t get away from this Austin music scene! It really blows my mind how much music of different genres can come from one city. And I continually get lucky finding some of the more talented groups coming from the area. For this installment, I had the chance to interview electro-pop performance group Eyelid Kid.
Eyelid Kid is the brainchild of Paul Grant. Grant is joined by a drummer and two dancers, to really push the group beyond the music and into a place of true performance art. Recently, Eyelid Kid played a South by Southwest showcase and released a collaborative single with producer Lou Hills entitled “Heartbeat”. I had the chance to discuss these feats, the Austin scene, and what we have to look forward to from Eyelid Kid. Go check out “Heartbeat” on the group’s Bandcamp and keep up to date on what’s going on through the band’s Facebook.
You have been doing this for a little while now. How did Eyelid Kid come to fruition?
Originally, Eyelid Kid was my stage name in my previous band Brotherhood Electric, but as that project faded it just made sense to start a solo project named Eyelid Kid. However, by the 3rd show Eyelid Kid had become a 4-piece with myself, a drummer, and duo dancers.
You hail from one of the current indie music hot spots, Austin, TX. What is the scene like in Austin and how do you find you fit in there?
Austin’s scene is very supportive, I’ve gotten a lot of help from countless creatives here! It’s also got a competitive edge that pushes you creatively, which I dig. I think our sound has definitely been influenced by Austin’s vibe, but sometimes it can feel like we are an island of pop in a sea of psyche rock.
Speaking of Austin, you recently had the chance to play South by Southwest. What was that like?
SXSW was amazing, we had 1 official showcase and 2 unofficial, all which were hella fun. Being an official SXSW artist had always been a big dream of mine so it was nice to check that one off the bucket list!
Eyelid Kid is more than just a musical endeavor. The group has this enormous stage presence that make it true performance art, which makes it more powerful. What made you want to go into this style rather than just music or performance?
From the beginning I wanted Eyelid Kid to be more than just music on stage, but how it actually happened came pretty naturally. Mackenzie and Morgan Taylor kinda came out of nowhere and added a completely unique aspect to the live show. From there we just kept refining the performance and doing our best to make it a memorable experience. But I really feel like what we have done thus far is only the tip of the iceberg, and I’m excited to see the performance evolve.
At this point, you have done several self-released singles. How important is it to you to have the control over the mastering and method of release for your music?
So far I’ve just followed my intuition when releasing music and the 4 singles have just felt right. I think it is important that I feel aligned with the strategy of our releases but I’m very open to working with individuals who may want to help the project in that way.
Of your self-produced releases, “Heartbeat” is the most recent. This is a collaboration with Lou Hills. This song is beyond catchy, so I just wonder what it was like working with Lou to create this and where the inspiration came from?
Yes! Working with Lou Hills was like a 4-month creative roller coaster (I mean that in the best way possible, I love roller coasters). He originally approached me on the Instagram wanting to collaborate, so we did. The song went through tons of phases, names, and styles, you wouldn’t recognize any of the previous versions. It was almost like we recorded a whole album and then condensed it into one song. But I’m glad we did, we definitely brought out a lot in each other on that track. With “Heartbeat”, I wasn’t worrying myself with things like: “How is the bass sounding?” or “Are the drums fitting in the mix?” so I felt like I had a lot of room to focus on what I was saying and how I was saying it.
So what can we expect from Eyelid Kid in the next couple of months?
A music video for a brand new track titled “Landscape” starring actress Violett Beane, our debut album “Hometown” which will be available on iTunes and Spotify, and some sort of summer tour hopefully involving the west coast!
We’d like to thank Eyelid Kid for his time and the photos he provided. We’d encourage you to follow him at the links above.