I’ve lost count of all the pushy parents who have nagged and mithered us at BBC 6 Music over the years to play some selfreleased record by their gifted offspring. Such projects are inevitably driven more by the parents’ dreams and ambitions than by those of the young artists themselves. When it’s mum or dad who’s making the running, we very seldom get to hear the artist’s own authentic voice.
Which is why Ned The Kids Dylan comes as such a breath of fresh air: here is a selfconfident and ambitious musician on the brink of his teens who, you sense, is already very much doing his own thing. With no sense of some parental svengali hovering in the background, we hear and see Ned himself making his own musical journey.
With all due respect to Lou Reed, this is Growing Up In Public with a vengeance – a journey that will be interesting to follow through the inevitable developments of the coming months and years. Ned kindly agreed to write us a guest blog post about making the video for the lead track on his latest EP My Life.
My name is Ned The Kids Dylan and I’m a 12 year-old singer-songwriter who loves nothing more than going around playing gigs and festivals! In fact as I write this I’m on the train to my next gig in Manchester at The Jackalope. I recently just released my brand new EP in all digital stores world wide and to promote it, made my first ever music video!
I thought if I’m going to shoot a video then you need an idea and hopefully, a good one. For me music video’s should help get across the message of the song. My Life is all about living your life, and not sleepwalking through it, as we all so easily can. So I used the video to remind people it’s their life no-one else’s, yes they own it! To do this I got as many people as possible down to the local market square in Northampton and we all walked up the main street in our town, singing, dancing, and shaking maracas!
The biggest worry was getting as enough people down, but I did! I got more than enough! We didn’t have a big budget in fact we didn’t spend any money at all so the next issue was making sure everyone knew the song. However the portable CD player didn’t work on the day and we had to teach to everyone! But they all did great. Finally the last issue we had was making sure the people with cameras didn’t bump into anything as they were walking backwards. But there was no need for a big truck, no! All they needed was for someone to have their hand on their back and walk in front! But in the end I think we portrayed the song very well, I hope you enjoy the video!