Local Face: Declan Cullen

  |  Published: Nov 10th 2015
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Declan Cullen will be well known to younger readers of Wendover News as he was born in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in November 1993 and has lived in Wendover all his life in between travelling and working abroad. He is now a fashion model and musician. 

Declan started learning guitar at the age of 8 because he has always had a great passion for music. He has subsequently developed his musical skills by learning many different instruments, singing in bands and performing live.
While studying at The Misbourne he formed his first band Coastal Cities. From coming together as teenagers, they decided to try and create music that was edgy and alternative but to ultimately be a band that followed a pop-music format. After about a year of playing locally to friends and by exposing their sound through the internet, they began to gather professional attention from the outside world... They were approached by management and started to gather kudos from rather established music acts such as The Drums, who spoke about their band online.

It was not long before things really took off for them and for a period of three years they played live shows throughout the UK and in Europe. Their songs received international airplay including BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 music and XFM in the UK as well as us having their music featured in major film syncs in Hollywood.It was through this success, and also through the band’s image that Declan was invited to go to Los Angeles and shoot with Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent (YSL). It was a great experience and something that really opened his eyes to the world of fashion. Through this photoshoot, the band as a whole gathered great attention from the fashion world, leading to separate campaigns with Burberry and Alexander McQueen. 

Shortly after, Declan and the guitarist Sean Semmens were offered the opportunity to become male models. This eventually took Declan on journeys throughout the world, by walking for major brands like Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Sacai, Topman, Paul Smith and Craig Green and by doing numerous fashion campaigns and editorials. 

Late last year, Coastal Cities sadly split up (for various reasons) but since then Declan has started a new solo group called I.D.O.L. 

It’s very exciting for Declan to be starting something new, with a greater understanding and experience of how he would like to transform his band into something great. His debut EP was released on 20 August, with a music video shot in locations in and around Wendover! It was inspired by 1980s New Wave, Modern Pop and Rock and Roll singers throughout the 1950s and 60s. “My idea was to try and get music back to basics, by just writing great pop songs with an air of nostalgia, albeit perhaps, with a futuristic twist.” The EP is available on itunes, and on Declan’s own personal bandcamp site - www.weareidol.bandcamp.com

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