The story of lo-fi beatmaker and producer Simple Kid begins with Ciaran McFeely, a young man born and raised in Cork, Ireland. Growing up, he was influenced by British rockers like Led Zeppelin, the Who, and most notably T. Rex, which inspired him to join a group of his friends and form a rock band of his own. They became the Young Offenders, a neo-glam outfit that had one hit single in the U.K. and appeared on TFI Friday, Britain's answer to MTV's TRL. Subsequent attempts to recreate their success met with failure, and McFeely, who was frustrated with the local scene and music in general, opted for a change of scenery. Relocating to California, he spent several months hitchhiking along the West Coast and meeting people from all walks of life. One of them, a homeless man, became McFeely's intellectual and conversational foil; upon his return to the U.K., McFeely would use his experiences as inspiration for his songs, as well as his new stage name, Simple Kid.