A GUITARIST from Preston is set for rock and roll stardom after his band secured a record deal.
Jim Burkett, 25, from Cross Lane, and his four piece group Knock Out Kaine were thrilled to be signed by German record label Dust On The Tracks Records and are now about to embark on a UK tour with metal band The Ordeal.
After meeting at college and setting up more than four years ago, the group have built a reputation as being an energetic live band and were voted Kerrang’s Best Unsigned Act in 2008.
They released their debut album last year, House of Sins, which has received rave reviews.
Jim, who describes the band’s style as being like Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, with an American country influence, said it was years of persistent hard work for the band that has finally paid off.
He said: “It feels great and we’re all very happy.
“The best thing about being signed is that we didn’t go looking for it. We didn’t send out CDs to loads of record labels. They want to work with us and that’s the most important thing.
“We’ve been getting 8/10 reviews for the album in music magazines and it feels great.
“We’ve really pushed hard these last few years and it’s really paying off.
“I just love playing on stage and I cannot wait to start the tour.”
Jim first picked up a guitar when he was 13 years old. He attended Uppingham Community College where he set up his first band Creme Fresh at 16. Despite having success on the local music scene, having won battle of the band competitions, the group broke up. Jim went on to study music at Lincoln college Access to Music and it was there that he met with vocalist Dean Voxx and formed Knock Out Kaine.
Jim, who cites his inspirations as rock gods Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, said: “I was playing guitar solos in my room and Dean heard me when he walked past and said ‘I need you in my band’ and from there we started writing songs.
“I had a great time playing in a band at school but since then I’ve just learnt to improvise and broadened my horizons.
“I want this tour to really kick start our career and I don’t to get complacent and get to that stage where we think we’ve made it.”
The tour starts on October 21 and includes shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Dublin. To find out more visit www.knockoutkaine.com