Kristian Nairn is born at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He is raised an only child by his mother Patricia. He spends most of his childhood growing up on a farm near Lisburn. He has childhood hearing difficulties:
I was partially deaf when I was a child, and often in school, before I was fixed, I had to read context and emotions from people’s faces and body language.
Growing up during the Irish Troubles helps him develop humor:
It doesn’t shock me, I grew up in Northern Ireland, Belfast…I’ve seen some really shocking things in my life. There was a college in the middle of Belfast and every week, every week, there’d be an evacuation with a bomb, or else it would actually go off, and it’d just be a matter of fact that you’d be blown out of your desk or you’d be lying on the floor…You sort of grew up hearing of people being maimed and that sort of thing…It’s pretty dark, it’s pretty dark to grow up with…I think that’s why people from Ireland have a really good sense of humor, I think we’re resilient and that’s why I’ll always call it home.
He loves glam and thrash metal as a teenager and plays the guitar:
I studied players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Ty Tabor, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee, so much, that I could pretty much play on a level with them at one stage, but sadly, at that point, no one really was interested in hearing that from a guitarist anymore.