When you listen to Clinton Kane singing, his music has the ability to make you feel less alone. As a fan listening to his debut album, “MAYBE SOMEDAY IT’LL ALL BE OK”, it’s beautiful yet tragic at the same time. Since putting covers on YouTube in 2019, the 23-year-old Aussie has been using music to deal with his mental health.
Getting a panic attack (sort of) kick-started Clinton Kane’s songwriting journey. When asked about the reason that caused it, the Norwegian-Filipino singer told Zach Sang that a girl (Debbie) had ghosted him for another guy (he saw their date on IG story). That triggered the panic attack, along with a bunch of penned-up emotions of abandonment trauma.
Q: Hey Clinton, what’s been the highlight of your tour in Canada so far?
“The energy in Canada was mad. I think after doing two tours in America, I’ve really grown to understand more of what I want my shows to feel and look like. Every single show in Canada was so full of emotion and energy.”
Q: Being on the road, you’re bound to meet all sorts of people. What has been the weirdest or most interesting fan encounter?
“I think the most interesting was when I played (in) New York. I walked through the line outside and I looked at a girl and she immediately passed out and fell to the ground after five seconds (laughed). Definitely do not recommend passing out. Please hydrate, love you.”
Q: Which track from “MAYBE SOMEDAY IT’LL ALL BE OK” has been your favourite to perform live?
“It’s been “14” and “GO TO HELL”.”
Q: Was “14” the hardest song on the album to write? At what point were you satisfied with the outcome?
“After two years. The song is the story of my life and I think we finished the song the moment I closed that chapter/story of my life and the song was just perfect.”
Q: For those who find it hard to accept their own appearance – what advice do you have for them?
“You are so beautiful in your own way. Being attractive is entirely subjective to every single person. You are the only you there will ever be.”
Q: What are 3 nice things you like about yourself?
”I would say being self–aware emotionally, but honestly its ruining my life.”
”My hands and nail beds honestly.”
“My generosity and self-sacrifice with family and friends of mine”
Q: Last year was pretty traumatic for you, and we’re so sorry for your loss. How has songwriting and music helped you in your healing process? [For context: he lost his his mother, father and brother in 2021.]
“I don’t think I’d honestly be here without it. Took a little of actual grieving for three months before I even started writing but soon as I started it, I was allowed to let my feelings out in a safe space.”
Q: As someone who’s constantly on the move (even since young), how did you cope with fitting in? Was there ever a sense of belonging?
“I didn’t (laughs). I was a mess. I’ve always felt out of place growing up ‘weird’, never really could make friends so easily and was completely turned off emotionally every place I went to. (I) never felt like I belong and I don’t think I ever will. I think I’m just gonna carry that with me forever. But forever grateful for my best friends who have turned into family that help me feel a little less of that.”
Q: Top 3 moments of 2022 so far?
”Doing three tours in a year.”
“Releasing my debut album.”
”Finally medicating myself for the challenges I have.”
Q: You teased about releasing a new single. What can you tell us about it?
”When did I do that? I’ve never teased before in my life!”
You can listen to the new track “MEXICO” here: