Kieran Kaye is the Founder of Full English Post and a member of Bond Gowanus. Originally from the United Kingdom, Kieran grew up a few hours south of London and studied Music Technology at De Montfort University in Leicester. Drawn to America for opportunity and the American dream, Kieran settled first in Manhattan, made a move back to London, and ultimately decided Brooklyn is the place that inspires him the most. At Full English Post, Kieran creates and mixes audio for advertising and branded content.
Kieran lives in Lefferts Garden and enjoys playing music, cooking for his wife, and soccer. Midwood Flat’s is Kieran’s go to neighborhood pub (this place must be awesome, he is British after all). After joining Bond Gowanus to avoid working from home, Kieran has built a network of creative clients and friends. Everyday at Gowanus provides Kieran with opportunity and inspiration and he can often be found in the soundbooth. Kieran is a self made man with strong values rooted in hard work and quality content for his clients. Along with an incredible work ethic, Kieran is a dynamic storyteller and provides the perfect touch of humor to make the day a little better. We asked Kieran a few questions...
1 - First thing you do in the morning?
I check my emails. I have clients in the UK, so they are five hours ahead. I need to make sure there are no emergency sessions needed. Then I scoop cat poop, makes for a fun morning.
2 - Top 3 songs to listen to when you need to get work done?
I am a sound designer, so when I am actually working I cannot listen to music. If I am catching up on some other things I like the Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Father John Misty.
3 - Favorite coffee shop and go to order?
Bond Gowanus because it's on tap and why not! I like the Toby’s Estate Brooklyn blend.
4 - Gmail or Outlook?
Gmail. Does anyone use outlook anymore?
5 - App you can’t live without?
Citymapper, a lot of Americans don’t use it, but it's awesome. It’s a guide to the subway, but its international. It even tells you what end of the train to get on.
6 - First job?
I was a pot wash (dishwasher) at an Italian restaurant when I was 14.
7 - Favorite lunch spot?
If I venture out around Bond Gowanus I normally go to Frank’s Italian Deli on the corner. The people are awesome there, I want to make a documentary about them. They are proper Brooklynites. I go there for the authentic accent.
8 - Early or late?
Excruciatingly early, I hate being late for anything.
9 - How do you unwind after a long day of work?
I either go to the pub or go home, play music, and cook a nice meal for my wife. Sometimes I have a large glass of red wine. Cooking is a great stress reliever for me, so I like doing that.
10 - What’s your lucky charm?
I have a necklace I have never taken off, my mom gave it to me. It’s a little green man (an inuit) made out of jade.
11 - What inspires you?
Honestly, Brooklyn inspires me, not to give a cliche answer. I love walking around here and walking to work. I lived in Manhattan and that was also inspirational, but Brooklyn is so vast and there are so many cool things here. I think of posts for my blog while just wandering around.
12 - Social Media account everyone should be following?
LADbible always makes me giggle.
13 - Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My dad has given me a lot of advice I should not say, but one I can share is, “Ask for a lot, expect very little, and settle somewhere in the middle.
14 - How long did it take you to get to work this morning?
35 minutes walking.
15 - When’s the last time you celebrated a win?
Well my soccer team won over the weekend. I also was taken out by some clients to celebrate the work we did together. I do a weekly podcast for them called On Rotation by Mixmag. It’s on iTunes and Soundcloud. Usually I work on my own, so it was nice to feel a part of the team and be appreciated for what I do.
16 - If you could squeeze one more activity into your daily life, what would it be?
Playing and writing more music. Since starting my own business, my playing traveled off a bit. I have played guitar for fifteen years.
17 - If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I have a six year old niece and I gave her a book titled The Day Crayons Quit. Its this book about crayons that have run away and then write postcards to their owners. My favorite was brown, he ran away because he was always used for poop in kid’s drawings. So, I would have to go with brown.
18 - What is the most interesting thing about you?
I do voice overs for commercials and movie trailers sometimes. Once I got booked for King’s Hawaiian Bread and had to do a Polynesian accent. It was cringe worthy, but kind of funny.
19 - Last show you binge watched?
Oh god, I am literally years behind, but I am about halfway through Mad Men which I love because it is kind of my industry, but I’m so many years behind.
20 - Biggest Cheerleader?
My wife Sarah, my business and sanity would not exist without her.
21 - Call or text?
I want to say call, but realistically probably text.
22 - Favorite book?
Life by Keith Richards. There are some funny stories in there...
23 - Name 5 people (dead or alive) you would invite to a dinner party.
Mom, Stephen Fry, Keith Richards, Melissa McCarthy, and Will Ferrell