Red Light Management


September 25, 2020

Today, Kean Kavanagh has shared his highly anticipated debut project – Dog Person. The 10-track collection is a dream-like odyssey into melancholy, humour and the mundanity of life, with Kean’s tongue planted firmly in his cheek along the way. Nearly entirely self-produced and composed by Kean, he does lean on some familiar Soft Boys for the finishing touches. Peter Bríen lays down piano and extra synths on “Sideways”, also producing Kean’s most recent single “EMMA”, too.


Dog Person is the deserved culmination of a whirlwind few years for Kean. His debut project, the ten-track collection prominently features his aforementioned semi-fictional, cigarette-bumming, binge-drinking, lovestruck alter-ego; a persona with just an echo of his real personality reverberating throughout the record.

“Before any of the songs were written I knew I was going to call the album ‘Dog Person’… That just cracked me up. It was funny to think of this demented half-dog, half-person… But then that led me to this character, this shittier version of myself. The procrastinating side of me. The side of me out drinking to get away from that. I liked the idea of that duality, that Jekyll & Hyde situation.”

Kicking off this year with the delectable “Roll Over!”, Kean returned earlier this month with his new single “EMMA”. A developed sound, the single delved deeper into Kean’s incredible versatility as an artist – drawing a grittier sound and formulating a high-octane single that wouldn’t sound out of place in a festival headline set. This all served to prove that Kean Kavanagh had firmly stepped into the limelight; garnering support from the likes of i-D, DIY Magazine, Clash, Notion and more.

Cofounder, producer and A&R of Irish Label Soft Boy Records, Kean had previously pulled the strings behind the scenes; but is now becoming one of the most exciting names on the emerging music scene. A story-teller, word-smith and dexterous musician with a strong imagination, Kean’s career is set to project far beyond his Irish roots. .

Founded in 2015, Soft Boy Records morphed into a cultural behemoth that gripped the Irish music scene and has refused to let go – alongside his co-founder Kojaque, Kean found himself sharing stages with big names such as Slow Thai and Lana Del Ray, as well as his consequential solo-slots opening for Maverick Sabre and Vampire Weekend.

Earlier this year, Kean appeared on the Everything is Recorded project ‘FRIDAY FOREVER’, (curated by Richard Russell of XL Recordings) alongside Aitch, Flohio, Maria Somerville, Ghostface Killah and others, and aligning himself with a tastemaker and hot tipped selection of musical peers.

A sensational debut offering showing dexterous musicianship and lyrical magic, Dog Person places Kean as one of the most exciting emerging talents coming through.

Stay soft.

Dog Person Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Roll Over!
  3. Inspirational Interlude
  4. Sideways
  5. Coca Cola Sky
  6. EMMA
  7. Patience
  8. Street Lights
  9. Snoozie
  10. Wake Up

CLASH – Kean is now ready to step into the limelight, his new single is a jewel. READ HERE

NOTION – ‘Brilliantly unique indie-soul’ READ HERE

I-D ‘10 things you need to know about Kean Kavanagh’ READ HERE

DIY – stepping out into the spotlight is Kean’s best musical move yet’READ HERE

DISTRICT – Kean has a craving for Amber Leaf in his latest cut –  READ HERE

BOILER ROOM – EMMA music video premiere READ HERE

BBC Radio1 – ‘I love that, deep routed soul in the vocal’Jack Saunders – LISTEN HERE

Apple Music 1 – ‘This song is absolutely brilliant!’ – Matt Wilkinson – LISTEN HERE

BBC Introducing – ‘Kean is my favourite new artist!’ – Abbie McCarthy LISTEN HERE