Kodaline Talk With Jim & Kim About Monsters In Music Videos & New York Accents

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Dublin-based Irish alt rock band Kodaline are in New York City to perform during Fresh 102.7’s Fall Fest at the Beacon Theatre with The Fray, Daughtry, American Authors and Dog Society. Before taking the stage at the Beacon, Kodaline paid a visit to Jim & Kim in the Fresh studios for an interview, discussing the idea behind multiple music videos for their single “All I Want,” utilizing a New York accent and more.

Kodaline released their debut album — In a Perfect World — this past Spring, releasing three singles before its fourth, “All I Want,” was released. For the music video, the band enlisted the help of their friend Stevie Russell, who pitched them the idea of using a monster for the video. Initially, the band didn’t see the correlation between concept and song.

Photo: Joe Cingrana/Fresh 102.7

Photo: Joe Cingrana/Fresh 102.7

[PHOTOS] Kodaline in studio with Jim & Kim

“First, when he showed us this monster, we were kind of like, ‘This has absolutely nothing to do with the song because it’s a bit strange.’ But, ya know, we came up with this idea and we read through it and it was amazing,” said lead singer Stephen Garrigan. The basic principle to the video is one the band universally endorses, too.

“The video itself is just kinda like, ya know, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Even though he’s a monster, but he’s a nice monster,” added Garrigan.

The band released the video for “All I Want” on September 9th, reaching almost five million views in just over a month. The feedback led to band to create a second video, continuing the story of the monster they grew so fond of.

“The reaction has been really good, so we decided to do a part two because we kind of fell in love with that character,” explains Garrigan.


While in New York City, Kodaline made sure to take in the sights and enjoy the local bars, not to mention try out their New York accents. Drummer Vinny May made perfect use of a well-known, somewhat stereotypical, New York City idiom.

“I was getting out of a cab and no cars were letting me go,” explains May. “There was a gap in the traffic and I was like, ‘right, I’m jumping out here.’ So I jumped out of the car and some car came right up and started blowing his horn.” That’s when May yelled the famous line.

“I’m f****n’ walkin’ here!”

Kodaline will be playing here tonight at the Beacon Theatre as part of Fresh 102.7’s Fall Fest with The Fray, Daughtry, American Authors and Dog Society. Follow @Fresh1027NY and “like” us on Facebook for updates from the show. Check back with Fresh1027.com for more interviews and photos from the concert as well.

And while you’re in a Kodaline kinda mood, check out their performance on The Couch earlier this week!


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