Getting To Know... The Kite Machine

Following on from the release of their stunning self-titled debut album in 2019, fast-rising outfit The Kite Machine make their eagerly-awaited return with the blistering new single 'Your Touch'.

Channelling the raw and driven alt-rock edge of acts like Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979, mixed with an explosive electronic edge, 'Your Touch' makes for a fresh and vibrant listen throughout. Filled with enormous hooks, a driven pace, and killer vocals throughout, these guys are certainly coming back with a bang.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Probably the drums. I’ve spent many hours on the guitar and love it but drums always holds that special place in my heart.

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

I was very influenced by my parents. Lots of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits etc. Through my teens I got more into the heavy riff stuff like Rage Against The Machine and Muse and Mutemath. As well as probably one of my favourite bands, Radiohead.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Hanson's first album haha! Bangers front to back.

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

Glósóli - Sigur Rós. It’s the most epic song that exists.

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

Listening to my favourite albums to get the juices flowing and especially when it comes to writing lyrics I just read heaps of my favourite artists as poetry without the music. When all else fails have a long shower, all good ideas come from a shower.

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

I’ve been smashing the strokes recently, they’re just a gift that keeps on giving. I feel like musically they tend to be underrated, but there’s so many great ideas kicking about in their songs.

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

Biffy Clyro, or Mutemath but alas, the opportunity has passed haha.

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

Definitely playing shows! Hearing people sing along and jump around to your songs couldn’t get better.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The backend stuff. I despise emails and organising things haha. Just tell me where to be and I’ll be there.

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

Stop listening to people when they give you advice. I gave myself that advice. I think it’s pretty good haha.


The Kite Machine's new single 'Your Touch' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it in the player below.