Download 2019: The Birth of the Real Kim Jennett
Ahead of her performance on the hallowed turf of Castle Donnington this weekend, Kim Jennett opens up about finding power and independence after the death of the Voodoo Woman
Words: Phil Weller
Look back at the underground Manchester rock scene over the last five years and you will struggle to find a band as impactful and as impressive as Voodoo Blood have been. They seemed to explode overnight in a ball fiery of blues riffs, emphatically wailed melodies and pounding rhythms and their reputation escalated as quickly as the crowds they played in front of grew.
And then, as quickly as they came, they went.
Their split came as a shock to the scene and many question marks were left hanging over their four talented members with regards to what the future had in store for them, what each of their next chapters would be. Fast forward to the present day and the next chapter for their scintillating vocalist, Kim Jennett, is one marked with an independent, point proving steel that has her celebrating the death of the Voodoo Woman, a character that had gotten her close to the rock and roll dream she'd always dreamt of. On the eve of her second-ever solo show on the hallowed turf of Castle Donnington, Kim Jennett speaks to Manchester Rocks about what exactly this new chapter entails.
"I want to show I can do this without hiding behind a persona and show the world who I truly am," she says with her typifying confidence, a confidence too that is never cocky. "Playing Download is a huge moment for me because it represents that I don't need Voodoo Blood or the Voodoo Woman, I can do this as myself.
“I want to show I can do this without hiding behind a persona and show the world who I truly am”
"A year ago I met the wonderful and talented guitarist/songwriter Myke Gray, who is currently writing and producing my album for me and teaching me how to be an artist in my own right and under my own name. Not bound by the restrictions of being in a band," she continues. "I want to show I can do this without hiding behind a persona and show the world who I truly am. Download will be our second ever gig after our warm-up show In Blackpool last weekend, which means the world to me. I guess you could say its come about with years of graft and hard work, but the partnership with Myke is what has taken this to a larger stage...quite literally!"
Playing an acoustic set on the Carlsberg Stage and an electric set on Dogtooth Stage both on the final day of the festival, Jennett tells us what to expect from her at this weekend, albeit nice and cryptically:
"People can expect high energy, high octane, and even higher vocals from a low stature gal! But in all seriousness, the set we are playing is full of brand new tunes from our upcoming album, with a real mixed bag of feel throughout the set. People seemed to love the songs on Saturday so I am buzzing to bring it to a huge stage and just go wild!"
"I work hard, very hard, relentlessly every moment I can to make things happen and I think this just shows that years of hard work and graft do pay off," she concludes, clearly very happy with and very excited how life after Voodoo Blood has panned out. "I'm ready to move on and take things to the next level."
Catch her this Sunday at Downlaod festival:
Carlsberg Stage (Acoustic) - 12:00pm
Dogtooth Stage - 2:20pm