Friday, 30 January 2015

Interview with Kevin McDaid

Hey Kevin! Would you like to introduce yourself to my readers?
Hello.  My name is Kevin McDaid and I'm a London-based photographer. 

Talk me through an average day in the life of you?
My day starts with a kiss from my beautiful boyfriend Myles followed by a protein shake with my eyes half shut.  On a shoot day I'll head off to the studio and get a coffee fix.  Have a talk with my team and talk them through the plan for the day.

I'm pretty manic at work. I'm buzzing about and getting excited about the shots we're shooting. It's such a buzz... I'll put that energy into a gym session after work and then I'll happily crash in front of the TV. 

So you’re a popstar-turned-photographer who also models!  Have you ever considered that you might be a bit of a show off? 
I'm probably/maybe an exhibitionist and borderline narcissist but it's never done in an arrogant way where I eternally love myself. I'm still working on that. I'm feeling expressive more than anything else. 

Let’s talk about the pop! You were in a band right? 
I was in a boyband called V a decade ago now. I was a twinky teen and living the dream. It was a really important thing to me and still is a huge part of my life. 

What was the best part about being a pop star?
The whole whirlwind of bright lights, camera, action. Living in a pop bubble and getting to perform on TOTP. 

What was the worst part about being in a boy band?
There was a lot of pressure to succeed at a certain level to remain in the music business. V did not and that was a hard pill to swallow. I was slightly jaded by the industry. 

So at what point did you decide you wanted to become a photographer? 
I've always had a camera from quite a young age. It's been a part of me. I've been in love with imagery and photographers since I can remember and being in the band we spent a lot of time on shoots.  I started to learn and shoot for myself. I was taking selfies with my 35mm and walking up the road to get them developed. Clearly I've always loved a selfie.

You’ve gone on to shoot lots of cool people! Who have been some of your favourites?
Although it was a little while ago, I always have fond memories of shooting Jedward. They're stunning boys and we created some great photographs. I guess getting to spend a lot of time around naked men whilst shooting them has a few perks too! 

You’re also shooting for Attitude quite a bit now, aren’t you? 
I am and enjoying it so much. I've spent a lot of time shooting for the naked issue. I have just shot Duncan James for the cover. It's hot! That's my first cover for Attitude and hopefully there we will be more to come!

You are of course no stranger to cover moments yourself since taking up modelling! What was your first shoot as a model, and how did it come about?
I was actually singed to an agency 10 years ago but my look was rather gothic and I moved on from that quite quickly. Recently I flew over to Ibiza to shoot with Dylan Rosser and that kind of started the whole snowball of modelling. I'm finding myself wearing very little quite often. In reality, it's just art imitating life.  

Does being a photographer help with your modelling? 
It's really strange to put that power onto someone else, that's not me. Losing control of the shots. I'm overly conscious of light and angles. It feels strange to leave a shoot with no images... 

You must eat and train like a beast, right? Or is your uber muscled frame a result of some odd X-Men-like birth defect?
X-Men! Wow.  Thanks Portis! I do put a lot of time and energy into my physique and health. It's a complete lifestyle. It's a massive part of my life and well-being. Nothing was by accident. It's a work in progress. I think I just have an obsession with muscle. 

What would you say is your best feature? 
My shoulders perhaps. I've always been quite broad and it frames me up nicely. 

Which part of your body receives the most compliments?
Well it depends who the compliment is coming from. My bum has had a few shoutouts! 

When not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I love to be at home with my boyfriend and casually make my way over to the gym. I tend to head to Soho quite a lot but it doesn't feel the same as it once did. Maybe that's because I'm older and wiser. Maybe it's because they have filled it with chocolate shops and bubble tea cafes. RIP Soho. 

A guilty pleasure you can’t seem to quit?
Weed and Soaps! 

A song that makes your hear skip a beat?
Sia  - Chandelier 

If you were taking me out for dinner, which you probably should out of courtesy after this, where would we go and what would we eat?
Let's go try that new cereal cafe. It's on me but I'm not queuing. 

What happens next?
Check out my work in the latest issue of Attitude magazine. I have been working with some new music artist that's quite exciting too. There's always stuff pouring out. Modelling wise, I'll be naked in the same issue of Attitude and travelling to NY soon to work with some amazing photographers! 

Thanks Kevin!

Follow Kevin on Instagram @guywithiphone
Credits: Nude Portraits by Ian Chang // Collages by yours truly.


1 comment

  1. It's always amazing to read interviews with Kevin McDaid! Thank you for this one, love it! <3


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