The good thing about attending the London Tattoo Convention is you get to meet, speak and watch amazing talented people. I did all three with Kayla Cadorna. While meeting and greeting fans from all over the world Kayla agreed to have a quick chat with us. She’s not a fire starter, she’s a fire breather and has just finished performing with the Fuel Girls.
Kayla first questions. What’s happening here with the Fuel Girls and how did you get involved?
Fuel Girls are the main live act of the Tattoo Convention and are most the exciting group. It’s become very popular all around, but we, the Fuel girls did it all first. I do all the big fire escapades and I’m fine with a that, I love it, I like handling fire; don’t put me in a bathtub as I think I’m gonna drown.
I trained as dancer and I’m too short to be on the West End…so I thought “Sod it, I’m gonna get tattooed” and I went and joined the circus, then ended up with the Fuel Girls
The circus? You were actually in the circus?
Yeah. I travelled with circus companies around the world. It was tiring but fun. Went to the States, all over Europe and luckily enough to go to parts of Asia, Seychelles, Paradise island and Skegness and Bognor Regis.
What’s the best album that’s ever been made?
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. My dad raised me on prog rock and a bit of metal. Love prog. My favourite track off the album is “In the Cage”. It’s a special song to me because my dad used to literally rock me to sleep with that song. Maybe that’s why it’s up there as a song that means to so much to me.
Radiohead, when I was 14 years old. I loved it so much that I cried the next day knowing that I could never get what I felt in that moment. I can’t remember what album it was, but the boards were shaking. The ambience just grabbed me.
Radiohead? Do you have a specific record you like?
The Bends means a lot to me and they didn’t improve or anything like that, they just changed. It wasn’t about improving with Kid A and the others after. It’s a bit like the Chili Peppers. I’m not a huge fan of their latest stuff but their earlier records were/are exceptional.
What is the heaviest song you would rock out to?
Something by Slipknot, or maybe Pantera – something with that vibe. But I can listen to some pop songs. My taste is eclectic. I like to not stay with one vibe, it’s nice to change it up. But metal is always with me and Slipknot, yeah Slipknot, they just have it for me.
First heavy gig you went to?
Probably Glenn Hughes. My dad would drag me to gigs like that, and to be honest I wouldn’t have appreciated it back then like I do now. I played bass for a bit, so a screaming bass head is basically me after a few drinks.
Ok, so what about tattoos, as we are here at the tattoo convention – what was the first tattoo you got?
It was a really shit rose on my foot. I was 18, so was old enough, I waited till I could and went to the tattoo shop and got that done. The last tattoo recently is some shading on my arm – I’m now like a touch me tattoo up. I think I’m done. But saying that, you’ll see me next year with a huge backpiece or something. They are addictive. Maybe I’ll get my initials on my wrist as I’ve never done that thing. I digress.
If you could create a band with all your favourite musicians…who would they be?
Brandon Boyd as front man, I do idolise singers, I just do. Glenn Hughes on bass. The Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. I could be in it! Not on bass, that’s for Glenn Hughes but maybe triangle.