Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr says the idea that rock music is the most authentic genre is ‘rubbish’

The frontman also reveals that he is a big fan of Drake

Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr has said that the idea that rock music is more authentic than other genres of music is “rubbish”.

The duo appear on the cover of the brand new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally.

“Authenticity comes from honesty,” he said. “My favourite bands have zero respect for genre. And I don’t think any genre is better than any other genre; there’s only good music that inspires you. It doesn’t matter what genre it is, what colour the person playing it is, how tall or small they are, how many tattoos they have or don’t have, if they live at home or not or if they’re willing to throw a TV out of a window – are they being honest?”

“I really like Drake,” he added. “And everything on paper says I shouldn’t, but when I listen to it I think that it’s just… good! He’s a real guy being honest. And it’s good songwriting. I did an interview the other day that asked me how rock’n’roll I am, and it was a quiz, and I was like [puts head in hands]. Is there a guy who’s a jazz saxophonist being asked how jazz he is?!”

In the same interview, the frontman also says that the success of the band’s Number One debut album, which sold 65,812 copies in its first week on sale, should be seen as a wake-up call for the music industry. “Didn’t Simon Cowell have someone in the charts that week? We beat him, and it’s time that people like him start scratching their heads as to how this happened and how to become popular… It’s time to invest in the real deal.”

Pick up a copy of this week’s NME to read the full interview.