CELTIC-PUNK Q AND A: MATTHIEU FROM KRAKIN’ KELLYS

As we celebrate the ninth birthday of our first post our special feature continues. Based on the feature that use to appear in the football magazines of my youth it’s just a short series of questions about stuff’n’nonsense as me auld Nan would have said.

Very happy to today have Matthieu from one of my own personal favourite Celtic-Punk bands Krakin’ Kellys from Belguim. They took the scene by storm in only 2017 and already have a fair few London Celtic Punk awards behind them. Matt is a regular contributor on Celtic-Punk social media and is the brains behind the bands fantastic videos.

Name / Nickname : Matthieu Hendrick (Mat)

Age (Estimate allowed!) : 37

Status : Married

Birthplace / Nationality / Ancestry : Namur, Belgium

Where do you live : Thynes (Belgium)

Occupation : Manager of a music school (www.rockscool.be) Graphic designer

First job : Freelance Graphic designer

A job you would have loved to do : luthier

What / Who makes you laugh : Sheldon Cooper

Favourite movie star : Kyle MacLachlan

Favourite film / TV show : Twin Peaks

Favourite band/s : Tool, Rancid, The Mars Volta

Favourite Celtic-Punk bands : Dropkick Murphys, Flatfoot 56

First and last record you bought : Tool – Aenima (first), The SemiTones – Mr nice guy (last)

How many instruments can you play : 7

How many bands have you been in : 4

Favourite venue / gig played : Dour Festival (Belgium)

Favourite venue / gig attended : Hellfest, Grasspop

Favourite gig : Antemasque

Describe yourself in 5 words : creative, tall, perfectionist, curious, complicated.

Favourite song and why : Antemasque – Providence This is the song that was the basis of the creation of my old band “Niitch” (with Oli and Steph of Krakin’ Kellys)

Favourite album and why : Rancid (…And out come the wolves) I listened to this album over and over in college when I skated.

Favourite song you’ve been involved in : Sycamore Trees (Niitch)

Team/s supported as a kid : Chicago Bulls

Favourite sportsperson : Michael Jordan

Favourite sport : Basketball

All time hero : The Goonies

Favourite book : The secret diary of Laura Palmer

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given : Try !

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be : Scotland or Canada

Your five dream dinner guests : Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jordan, Dale Cooper, Catherine Winnick and Ennio Morricone.

Your favourite quote : “every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it; don’t wait for it; just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee.”

Anything to plug / promote : Check out the new Krakin’ Kellys’ EP “Old ways, new day” in July !

‘Promised Land’ was the song that introduced the world to the Krakin’ Kellys and I’ve been in lurve ever since but here’s a video that Matt put out just a couple of weeks ago but was too shy to mention!

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