Les Kirsh has been writing catchy soul-influenced tunes since the 60s/70s, but has suffered more than his fair share of set backs. Now he’s back with a few remastered and mixed versions of old songs, reworked for a modern audience. Know Me Better managed to get 5 minutes with the talented songwriter:
How did you get your initial start in music?
After being in quite a few bands since school, I answered an advert in the Melody Maker and met with George Young and Harry Vanda (of The Easybeats) which which led to my first record deal with Phillips.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To have my songs covered by other artists and to be known as much as a writer as I am a singer.
How long have you been writing your own music?
On and off since the 60s
Who are your top three influences and why?
My ultimate influence is Otis Redding, later followed by Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie. These are artists I feel put a lot of soul and feeling into their music and lyrics.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
They are three completely different songs – two of which I feel tell a story and one is a fun, party song with a Four Tops Reggae feel. I enjoy writing all styles of music.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Im currently living In Essex – I don’t really have a favourite – each venue always has its own special feel.
Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music
There is plenty more to come and some already out there. Feel free to check youtube where you will find some other of my songs including the original ‘Tell Me To My Face’. My newest tracks are on sound cloud too.
Listen to ‘Tell Me To My Face’ here: