Mandy Kane makes his mark

"I changed my name to "Mandy Kane" by deed-poll when I was eighteen, in part as a way to mark the beginning of my career, but mainly just for the fact that I was of legal age and could do anything I wanted (in theory). I flirted for a while with the idea of having the name represent a persona, but at the end of the day, a name is a name, and completely irrelevant when it comes to music."


Mandy Kane made a strong impression on the Australian music scene in 2003 when his debut single 'Stab' entered the ARIA charts at #18.


"I felt that we could have hit a much higher position, to be honest. The label was very happy, but I remember the night I was told I actually said, "Right, now we have to get it in the top 10." But a lot of industry people in this country are happy to sit back and watch songs slip out of the charts, and careers slide off the rails," he says.


The year 2003, saw Mandy perform a number of important gigs, supporting Marilyn Manson and Machine Gun Fellatio on their Australian tours.


"...(it was) educational in many respects. All parties involved taught me as much as they could about what it is like to be a part of an act that constantly tours to barely make a living. I walked away knowing that it's a rough life on the road when you really don't have a budget to speak of ...Touring is not glamorous at all when you're doing it on such a small scale.\"


The next gig of that year saw Mandy impressing the A-listers at the Australian Premiere of \"The Matrix Revolutions\" with a show described as "mesmerizing".


"This was a great show. The audience consisted of Keanu Reeves and the Hilton sisters, alongside the majority of local high profile media and celebrities. Everything went according to plan, and a wonderful evening was had by all. The fireworks were spectacular," he says.


Two more Top 30 singles and a critically acclaimed debut album Tragic Daydreams later, Mandy got to work on writing and recording new material for his second album.


Last year, 2005, saw Mandy re-launch himself as an independent artist, setting up his own label, Mummy's Boy Records.


"...I already had an established profile in Australia. This was not necessarily a good thing, as many people had made up their minds about who I was and were not willing to listen to what I had been working on since the release of 'Tragic Daydreams'. So, the challenge now is to introduce my music to other territories, and have them recognise me for what I am doing now as opposed to in the past."


As a precursor to his forthcoming second album, he has produced a six track EP, Murder in the Daylight, with funding from Arts Victoria, assisting Mandy to complete the EP.


"The funding I received from Arts Victoria came at a very crucial time. ...thankfully Arts Victoria considered this project worthy of backing. Their financial input helped considerably in the completion of this work, and I am very grateful to them for this," he says.


Thanks to Arts Vic and his new found independence Kane is very happy with the result.


\"I find I actually enjoy listening to these songs because I feel that I have taken them as far as I could, whereas with previous releases I always feel that more work could have been done. The overall sound of the disc is electronic rock."


Along with the release of his new EP, Kane is launching himself on the unsuspecting UK market, release an online onlu version of Hanky Panky.


"(I have) had some very positive feedback from various people over there, mainly those from clubs who picked up (UK) Hanky Panky late last year when I released it as a digital single. I do intend on going back to the UK early next year, to start setting up deals which will enable me to release through my label in that territory."


As wel as the UK, Kane plans on heading to Canada at the end of May at the smaller sister festival of the \"big\" SXSW, this one...North by North East or NXNE.


"The show I'm doing right now is slightly different to the full band setup. It is a one-man performance, where I play a variety of live instruments combined with programming. I feel I have more control this way. Still, the audience always seems to be involved in a very intimate manner," he explains.


The solo one man performance is more than just a way of saving money on airfare. It will probably save his liver, too.


"Rather than getting absolutely legless with the band before every show, I'm now much more concerned with getting everything right and providing a well executed, entertaining night for the crowd.\"


Kane hasn't gone completely pedestrian though, he reassures.


\"In the end, my shows still are a party, though. They are a celebration of uniqueness, equality and the right to say exactly what you think in a safe, artistic environment."

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