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Kevin Newman Koradin from TIDE

Tide Regeneration

Tide Discography
SEVEN DAYS – 2005
NOTHING TOLOSE – 2007
REGENERATION - 2010

Hi, how are you?
Hi, I'm busy but feeling good now that summer is finally here.

Would you mind introducing yourself and telling us what instruments you play?
My name is Kevin Newman Koradin and I'm the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Probably something like mainstream indie rock with elements of hard rock, pop, 80's and sometimes also electronic music.

What have you been up to recently?
We've been performing and promoting our current album Regeneration which is Tide's third album and was recently released  by a German indie label Antstreet Records.

How did you meet each other?
The whole thing started as a project which included studio musicians working together in a recording studio in Amsterdam back in 1999. After recording the first Tide demo I've decided to bring over to Amsterdam Matej Batelic, a bass player who was an old friend of mine and joined me and Mikkel Brink who was playing drums at the time. The line up changed again after we've recorded the first album Seven Days and  now we have Tine Cas on the guitar and Anze Zurby on the Drums. Tide is not the typical friends meet in school band it was more like musicians with a common interest, goal and primarily a common love for music deciding to play together. We all played in different bands so we've basically met on the road. There was an immediate bonding between us so  when it was time to be in a band together we were all very excited.

How did you come up with your name for the band?
We were looking for something simple that sounded good to us. Since Tide symbolizes something that is constantly changing and evolving it seemed like a perfect name for how we felt about our musical views and how our music should be throughout the years, constantly changing and evolving.

Did you always want to be in a band?
Pretty much so, since I was in primary school even before I started playing the guitar me and my best friend at that time used to daydream about having a band.

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What music did you listen to while growing up?
Back in the 80's it was of course the new romantics movement, I still have a lot of vinyl at home from that period. When I was 8 years old Duran Duran were among my favourite bands. In that same period I used to listen a lot to bands like Depeche mode, The Cure, Prince, Spandau Ballet etc.

What were your first music making experiences?
It was back in my junior year of high school when we had this cover band and used to rehearse only on weekends and during summer vacations when the parents would allow all the boys to come over to my garage and play if they did well at school. That's when I wrote my first songs but I have absolutely no idea where those tapes are today since everything was recorded in my garage on a tape recorded. It seems like a very long time ago now, well it was a long time ago. :)

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Both, I learned classical guitar at school but as far as my knowledge in rock music goes I had to learn myself by listening to the songs and trying to pick up all those licks and riffs or by buying guitar tabs and notes. They wouldn't really encourage you at school to deviate from the classical musical training but of course rock music is for rebels or at least it used to be and I did it my way. :)

What is your current equipment?
As far as our guitar rig goes, we use Mesa boogie and Orange amps, Gibson, Fender and PRS guitars and various analog or digital guitar pedal effects.

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
If my budget was unlimited I would enter a big store and buy everything I like even If I would just have it as a souvenir then. First thing now though I would buy a really good Gibson acoustic guitar.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
It depends on the song, in the stuidio you have a lot of new technology at your disposal and it's fast to work with so I like to be practical. Usually I use my guitars. .

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Depends on the track and the inspiration but I tend to write the music first, lyrics afterwards, make a demo and then take the song  to the final stage of recording it. This is my usual routine but its not a rule, sometimes I write the lyrics first and sometimes it happens that I get an  idea for a new song while recording so for example on the last Tide album Regeneration there are two songs which I wrote in one afternoon while recording something else. In the end it all comes down to feeling inspired, being in that song writing mood when ideas just keep pouring down:

Would you sign with a major record company?
We would if the deal was good or at least fair.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Not at the moment, since the new album just came out I intend to focus mainly on gigs and promotion.

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
A lot of involvement, apart from being the songwriter of the band I also co-produced and co-arranged all three Tide albums.

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
I would love to work more with other artists, especially those I like and I hope to get to do this in the near future. I enjoy immensely being involved in the creative process of music making, it's the purest moment of it all, after that it's usually down to business.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It's very enjoyable if you have a good team, making music and recording it's like watching a baby coming to life. It does get a bit easier because you become more relaxed and settled and you basically know what you're doing and how to avoid simple mistakes, for example you learn when its time to take a break during a recording session and of course to drink enough coffee. :)

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
Making a record is totally different than performing live therefore to make the best record possible I think it's good to separate these two different states of mind and not burden yourself with the live factor while recording an album. Once the album is finished I do try to bring the live performance as close to the studio sound as possible but without forgetting that a live gig is a different experience and therefore you can add a bit of extra edge to it.

Do you have any favourite tracks from your album?
I always have some favourite tracks but I don't like to influence the listener with my taste. Regeneration is a very colourful album with a lot of different sounds so it really depends on the mood I am in, sometimes I like a ballad and other times a song with more rhythm to it. I think the song All the things is a bit of a hidden gem on this record waiting to be discovered since its not your typical hit single.

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Most of the time I do, sometimes I read a story and if I feel moved by it I can use that as an inspiration as well. I sing about things I can relate to.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
To me it always comes naturally, like breathing, its something I was born with so I guess its easy for me. Hopefully I'll never run out of inspiration.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Let me think, I would like to collaborate with U2 or Oasis, write a song for them or perform with them as for the new bands I would be very interested in a collaboration with the Editors or Snow Patrol..

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
UK, USA and Germany.

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Through various websites like facebook or myspace, nme.com as well as our official website www.tide-band.com.
We also have an online internet store called cpt store where our cd's and merchandise is available.

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
They are indeed good, every promotion is better than no promotion but I think it's all getting so overcrowded right now that its losing its power and I think we will have to start looking for new ways to promote music. Unfortunately record sales are really bad and the internet is the most accessible way for people to listen to music at this moment.

How do you relax?
Turn off my computer and my phone, go out for a walk, a week at the beach and other  pretty common methods like that.

Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
A very long time ago with my first ever band called Revolver we did. We've actually won as best newcomers.

What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
The best experiences are hopefully yet to come, one of the best  was back in 2007 when we opened for Iron Maiden. As for the worst I would say its bad when we are invited to perform some place and you are greeted with absolutely no respect  for the band. We try to avoid such gigs and we certainly don't wish to collaborate with concert organizers or promoters like that.

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Sometimes I do but its all good, you should always feel a bit nervous, brings out the excitement onstage. The best way to calm down is to breathe correctly and of course having a private clean toilette at disposal it's always recommended. :)

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
Not that I know of, I remember someone wanting one of my songs for a film a while ago, not sure how did that go. One of my future plans is also to make music for a film, its a really exciting thing to do if the movie is good.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Maybe a short message for all the radio listeners to keep on enjoying music and hopefully we will perform in your country soon enough.
If you wish to get in touch with the band you can write us on
www.facebook.com/tideband
www.myspace.com/tideband
www.tide-band.com
http://music.nme.com/tide
http://www.somojo.net/Tide

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