Who is Declan Mckenna?
Declan McKenna is a British singer-songwriter and musician known for his indie pop and indie rock music. He gained popularity with his debut single “Brazil” in 2015 and has since released several albums and EPs. McKenna’s music often addresses social and political themes, and he has been praised for his insightful lyrics and catchy melodies.
Declan McKenna was born on December 24, 1998, in Enfield, London, England. He grew up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. McKenna began playing guitar at the age of 7 and started writing songs when he was around 10 years old. He attended the Arts and Media School, where he honed his musical talents. McKenna is openly gay and has spoken about his experiences with coming out and LGBTQ+ issues in his music. He is known for his activism and has used his platform to advocate for various social and political causes, including LGBTQ+ rights, environmentalism, and mental health awareness. In interviews, McKenna has discussed struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, which have influenced his songwriting. He has toured extensively and performed at various music festivals around the world. Despite his rising fame, McKenna maintains a relatively private personal life and often keeps details about his relationships and family out of the public eye. He continues to evolve as an artist, exploring different musical styles and collaborating with other musicians.
Taking things too Serious
The chorus of Declan McKenna’s recent single “Sympathy” delivers a straightforward message: “You don’t need to be intelligent.” This catchy tune, adorned with quirky synth bassoons and merry-go-round organs, serves as a central theme for his third album, “What Happened To The Beach.”
McKenna, renowned for his knack of weaving current events into his music, initially gained recognition with his track “Brazil,” which delved into corruption within Fifa. Subsequent songs tackled issues like transgender suicide and religious hypocrisy. His second album, “Zeros,” envisioned a post-apocalyptic scenario where humans flee Earth due to climate catastrophe.
In his third album, McKenna intentionally shifts away from weighty subjects, opting instead for a whimsical exploration of musical innovation and playful lyrics. This departure marks a magical journey into sonic experimentation and creative wordplay, steering clear of the serious tones of his previous work.
“On the opening track ‘Wobble,’ he croons, ‘I’m off to Tenerife / ‘Cause life’s really changed me.’ Gone are the days of weeping at home all night; now, he revels in the sunshine.”
This shift came as a response to the label of “voice of a generation” that had begun to trail him.
“I reached a point where I felt pressured to approach things with a serious demeanor,” he explains. “But this time around, I revisited that notion and realized, ‘Maybe I don’t have to adhere to that.’ I just allowed things to unfold naturally and avoided molding songs into specific meanings when they simply felt right.”
Describing the album as “hella weird” with a “wonky edge” that might not resonate with his parents, he shared his sentiments with a local BBC radio station in Hertfordshire.
“It’s not the kind of music my dad would typically listen to,” he admitted.
Yet, his parents played a pivotal role in the album’s creation, as it took shape within the confines of their home during the initial wave of the Covid pandemic.
“It all began in my sister’s bedroom, which I converted into a makeshift studio,” he recalls. “Well, I say studio – it was essentially just my laptop set up in there.”