“Captain” Kirk Douglas on the link between technique and songwriting, and what made Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen different

Kirk Douglas
(Image credit: Courtesy of Kirk Douglas)

Kirk Douglas – or “Captain Kirk” as most will know him – will be a familiar face to fans of The Tonight Show, where he performs as part of the Roots every weeknight. Most weekends he heads out with the band to play shows across the country.

Utilizing the time spent traveling, Douglas managed to compile enough ideas to put together his second solo album, Hundred Watt Heart, which is also the name under which he’s been performing sporadic solo shows. “I thought it seemed a poetic way of describing what this music is,” he says. “I’m plugging my heart into a loud facility.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.