This issue: Unicorn Kid
At just seventeen, Leith-dwelling wonder-boy Oli Sabin, aka Unicorn Kid, has already had more than a million MySpace hits tuning in to his manic brand of pop-eyed toy-box techno. He played the London and Glasgow launch parties of so-hip-it-hurts teen TV drama Skins, and has just released his first single, ‘Lion Hat.’ All this and he’s still studying for his Highers. The List puts Sabin to the test.
How did you become the Unicorn Kid?
When I was fifteen I started messing around with kids educational toys, sampling Casio keyboards and putting them through my computer. Then when I got all these MySpace hits, I started taking it more seriously. If you look at the 13-18 demographic, I suppose it taps into their interest in Gameboys and stuff. It’s cute and its fun to dance to.
How did the Skins connection come about?
I applied for a Skins competition, and they asked me to play the launch party. They were going to use my stuff in the programme, but they said they couldn’t find an appropriate place for it, which is quite unbelievable, really.
Are you a fan of Skins?
I liked the first and second series, but I’ve not really seen the third one. I hardly ever watch TV. I‘m always on my computer.
What’s the future hold for Unicorn Kid?
If I got to thirty and was still doing it, it might be sad and a bit creepy. I want to go to art school. Art’s my passion.
Unicorn Kid supports Fangs at King Tut’s, Glasgow, April 5
The List, April 2008