Text: Yiota Dendrinou
It was an afternoon of past June, when Miles Kane was taking the stage of Ejekt Festival, ready to perform in front of the crowd, dressed in a black shirt and animal print pants. I had bought the ticket, mainly, because I knew he was going to be there and because I was curious to see the boy, who revives the Mod culture of the early 60s in such a successful way.
Former frontman of The Rascals, an indie rock band from England and the other half of the group The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles started his career at the age of 18 with the band The Little Flames. From 2009, he decided to pursuit a solo career and one year later he released his debut single Inhaler. For this song, he has stated that he was inspired by the song Mother Nature Father Earth that “It’s got a real groove to it and this [guitar] riff inspired me to build a song around it which then became ‘Inhaler’.” A few months later, he released the single Come Closer, from which he is most recognisable of.
When Miles was touring with Arctic Monkeys, he became friends with Alex Turner, lead singer of the band and after a while they decided to form The Last Shadow Puppets. Their album was titled the Age of the Understatement and was an international success. Among the nominations, they won the award Best Video for their song My Mistakes Were Made for You at the 2009 NME awards.
Miles’ debut album is called Colour of the Trap and it’s full of musical surprises. Half of the tracks are written in cooperation with Alex Turner, the song My Fantasy includes backing vocals from Noel Gallagher, formerly member of Oasis, and make sure to check Miles duet with the French actress Clémence Poésy.
Undeniably, Miles’ impeccable taste in fashion and his visible preference for the Swinging Sixties could have not gone unnoticed by the fashion world. With his classic 60s Mod haircut and his love for tailored suits, he is starring in the John Varvatos Fall 2012 campaign, next to Paul Weller. The designer said about the two men: “These images show a kind of passing of the musical torch, and you can see the influence that Paul — a fashion and musical icon — has had on Miles Kane, an up-&-comer to be reckoned with.”
During a photoshoot for Esquire, Kane jokes about his fringed haircut saying: “I know I look like a mod but I don’t wanna be a pastiche, especially musically. But everything’s been fucking done before!” The ladies like a mod, don’t they?”
Miles’ plans for the future are very specific, since the only thing he wants is to make music “forever”. If you happen to be in London on New Year’s Eve, he has the perfect suggestion for a big night out, since he will be Djing in the Vibe Bar. Otherwise, attend one of his future concerts. When it comes to music, Miles reveals his true passion and the fun is guaranteed.