EuroCitizens: How is Brexit going to affect the music industry?
MK: I came to Spain in the early nineties, before EU directives on free movement came into force. That changed the whole music business. Suddenly, bands could move around freely, play concerts anywhere in the EU and sell their merchandise with no problems. Since then, for UK bands, virtually all Europe has been an open market. It costs the same for a group to play in Milan as in Manchester, or in Alicante as in Aberdeen. The single market has thus given British music a huge competitive advantage.
EuroCitizens: So what will happen with a hard Brexit and the UK's departure from this single market?
MK: All these advantages will be lost overnight and we may go back to the bad old days of visas and work permits. This will dramatically hit touring which is now the main source of income for most
EuroCitizens: You are a member of independent music associations such as IMPALA, UFI and WIN. Have you had any reaction from the UK government about your concerns?
MK: Frankly, they just don't seem to know what is going to happen and we have received no clear answers. As with their dealings with citizens' groups like EuroCitizens and British in Europe, all our contacts with them have been cloaked in secrecy. Things are not looking good.
EuroCitizens: As a UK national living in the EU, are you worried about your own future?
MK: I'm married to a Spaniard and my children have Spanish nationality, so I'm not worried about my personal future in this country. I always have the option of applying for Spanish nationality. However, since Brexit my eldest son has decided not to study at a UK university due to the uncertainty that has arisen. I also know several young Britons in Spain who have not lived here very long and who may have to go back to the UK after Great Britain leaves the EU.
EuroCitizens: Do you think Brexit will have any other impact?
MK: Yes, it will dramatically reduce the UK's 'soft power', the influence it gains through pop music as well as through films and TV. English is the lingua franca of music and this enables Britain to have an enormous cultural impact in Europe. On top of that, the essence of modern music is of reaching across cultures and the mixing of different cultures. It is universal, is the antithesis of putting up barriers, walls and borders. Unfortunately, that is what the UK and the USA seem to be trying to do at the moment, to retreat from the world.
That's why we decided to call our concert on 24 June 'Música sin Fronteras'!