Getting To Know... kav.

After cementing himself with a fresh and illustrious array of gems these last few months, including the highly-praised 'dissolve’ and ‘animal brain’, London-based artist Pierce Kavanagh aka kav. has now returned to unveil his shimmering new single 'air to live'.

Lifted from the forthcoming debut EP 'For New York', which is out later this year, 'air to live' channels a wonderfully sweet and joyous atmosphere. With his warm and effervescent voice riding a bed of broad and progressive production throughout, this new one will certainly pull on your heartstrings from start to finish.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has been inspiring him most lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Probably quite a standard answer, but I got my first electric guitar when I was about 11, I would play the two chords I knew on this little Marshall amp with distortion turned up to 10, I thought I was sick!

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

My Dad used to race cars, so I remember long car journeys traveling to race tracks with him when I was a kid, he's a big fan of all types of music but it was rockier stuff that I resonated with like Radiohead, REM, Manic Street Preachers.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Songs about Jane- Maroon 5.... I'm not ashamed.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Pretty much any Frightened Rabbit Song I guess... lyrically I love ' I wish I was sober' Its stupidly good.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Not really to be honest, writing music comes in waves for me so I either find songwriting process pretty smooth or impossible, its too inconsistent for rituals.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Australian band Spacey Jane, they are amazing. A Scottish Indie ban Called Wrest who I'm going to see in London in a couple of weeks, Also George O'Hanlon is sick!

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

The National

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Making all that money from Spotify.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The tax man.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

May be a bit obvious but was actually a penny drop moment for me... I think to push yourself when your practicing, its easy to get caught up in playing the same type of things all the time, you won't get any better unless you challenge yourself.


kav.'s new single 'air to live' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.