Hi Kivah, thanks for taking the time to chat! Where are you right now and what you been up to this month?
After travelling for the last couple of months non stop, taking the plane literally ten times in one month, I finally am settled back in London and this month I am completely focused on my single release and preparing new songs.
Can you tell us a bit, in your opinion, about the scene where you are located? It is conducive to the artistic/creative lifestyle?
I think London is one of the best places in the world to be especially for the music and artistic/creative lifestyle. London is so diverse - you can be in Shoreditch or Camden Town, which are so alternative, and then take a cab to Mayfair and in half an hour you are in a posh private members clubs with quite a mainstream scene. I just love the diversity of London!
How does it compare to Mallorca?
Well there are definitely more opportunities in a big city rather than on a small island. Lots of chances to make great contacts, attend events nonstop, network with industry and non- industry people and most importantly the major artists will be surely playing in London whereas there is no chance to see your favourite artists playing in Mallorca.
What inspired you to get into music?
I always loved singing. I can’t even remember when it started. Funny enough my dad reminded me a couple of years ago that when I was like 7 years old I already put my hand in a fist pretending that it was a mike and was singing and dancing like crazy. I didn’t remember that I just though it all started when I formed my band when I was 15 but seems like it comes from much earlier.
You got in early, being the lead singer and co-founder of “The New Flesh” in your teens, can you tell us a bit about how that came about?
My first boyfriend was a musician, he played the bass in another band. Then the band disbanded and he suggested that I was the lead singer, so we formed The New Flesh (we were a bit gothic back then) and that’s how I became singer-songwriter.
We heard you have even recorded tracks for Café Del Mar. Is this true, and if so, can you tell us more?
Yes I have been doing some chill out music in the past. I have co-written a song called “Nobody” with the DJ/Producer Luis Junior and recorded “Now We Are Free” the original soundtrack of the movie Gladiator in chill out version. These tracks have been featured in albums like Space Café, Cinema Lounge, Dome Ibiza as well as Luis Juniors album “Neibum” both distributed by Café del Mar.
Do you remember what it felt to sing for the first time in front of a crowd? How did you feel, and how well did it go?
I was excited and nervous at the same time but with the experience and professionalism of my fellow musicians I felt sheltered and everything went great and I ended up having a lot of fun!
You’ve just released a massive tune with MOTi. How did that come about?
MOTi heard my song and loved it! He said he wanted to do the remix! We thought this was a collaboration we couldn’t turn down and let him add his magic to the track and the rest was history as they say!
I’m sure working with MOTi is probably up there, but what would be your biggest achievement in your music career so far?
My biggest achievement at the moment is with “All You Sexy Ladies” I think it’s the best record so far as well as setting up my own record label. I am a businesswoman and have set up various businesses in the past so when the opportunity arrived I thought let’s go for it!
What do you personally consider to be the perceptive moments of your artistic career?
When I decided to be brave and moved firstly to Madrid to continue my musical career on my own as all the other band members were too comfortable in Mallorca but I was always quite ambitious and wanted to achieve more. A whole new experience started there for me in a big city and then later on I have repeated the same change by moving to London chasing the same dream.
You’ve done a lot of modelling and acting in your time, starting from a very young age. Can you tell us any particular memorable moments in your modelling and acting career that will stick with you for the rest of your life?
I have many memorable moments especially when shooting commercials but I think one of the proudest is an eight page reportage in a very popular magazine in Spain called MAN not only because it was a great achievement but also because I have shot this with a dear photographer friend of mine who has passed away suddenly couple of years ago in his hotel room in Mexico. He was such a great photographer and that photo shoot session will be in my heart and memory forever.
What do you listen to in your downtime?
My taste in music is very eclectic but the last couple of years I have been listening a lot to The Weeknd, his voice just draws me in.
And lastly, what words of wisdom would you pass on to those who are just starting out in the music industry?
Always believe in yourself, don’t be put off what some people in the industry tell you, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, you’re too young, you’re too old, your voice is not good enough and so on. When you are passionate about what you do with work, determination and focus you can achieve anything in life!
Listen to Kivah's track here:
Australia’s Favourite Live Duo ‘Mashd N Kutcher’ Are Back!!
With A Fresh Take On The Journey Classic: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’!’
Title: Don’t Stop Believin’ (Feat Addison)
Artist: Mashd N Kutcher
Label: Casablanca Records Australia
Release Date: 6th July
Added To ‘New Music Friday’ Spotify 6/7
#1 LIVE Electronic DJ Duo in Australia Writing & Performing Pop / Electronic / Dance Records for 6 years Over a Billion video views across ALL Platforms Over 25 Million Streams across ALL Platforms Multiple Platinum & Gold Singles in Australia 2x Gold Certified Records in 18 Months: ‘Do It Now’ & ‘My Sunshine’ ‘Do It Now’ Top 10 Track on iTunes, #1 Shazam Chart, reached over 3 million+ streams and added to every major commercial radio station across the country ‘My Sunshine’ Top 5 on iTunes - #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes ‘Need Me’ ft Sammi Constantine – Added across all radio Australia wide Mashd N Kutcher on Socials: 250 million video views in all, 1.3 million followers Facebook, 103,000 Instagrammers, 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 385,880 YouTube subscribers
Mashd N Kutcher return with a modern reinterpretation of the Journey classic: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’!
Part DJ’s, part live instrumentalists, this keyboard and drummer duo from Brisbane Australia, have cemented their name as one of the most prominent Australian electronic music acts of recent years. Three short years after they began, Mashd N Kutcher became one of the most talked about acts in the industry, consistently touring across: Australia, Asia, New Zealand, North America, South America and Europe. From multiple DJ Mag Top100 clubs, to international festivals such as: Ultra Music Festival, s20 and Electric Love Festival, Mashd N Kutcher have now amassed a whopping 700+ live shows.
Their music has been keeping Australia’s airwaves busy with Platinum and Gold selling singles: ‘My Sunshine’ - becoming the #1 Most Played record on Australian Radio in February and hitting Top 5 on iTunes multiple times.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there is no doubt Mashd N Kutcher would have appeared in your newsfeed one time or another. The pair have one of Australia’s biggest social media reaches online in music, with each video reaching tens of millions of views. With over a whopping half a billion video views in total across all platforms, the boys have received not only online & radio praise, but also endorsements and partnerships from globally recognised brands. This includes international media coverage by some of the world’s biggest news outlets including: The Discovery Channel, The Disney Channel, CBS, Good Morning America and Inside Edition.
With their unique combination of music, live performances, brand versatility and social media presence, Mashd N Kutcher are a force to be reckoned with.
Watch Music Video here: https://bit.ly/2Ly1xhp
MASHD N KUTCHER LIVE SHOWS:
04/07 - Electric Love, Salzburg, Austria
05/07- Valamar Club, Porec, Croatia
07/07 - Cafe Europa, Bielefeld, Germany
11/07 - Airbeat One Festival, Nuestadt-Glewe, Germany
13/07 - Lake Night, Blindenmarkt, Austria
21/07 - Lick, Boliqueime, Portugal
4/08 - Dog N Duck, Adelaide, Australia
11/08 - Ettamagoah Hotel, Kellyville Ride, Australia
18/08 - Regional Adelaide – Venue TBC
24/08 - Fuze KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1/09 - King Street Hotel, Newcastle
15/09 - Platinum Nightclub, Broadbeach, Australia
22/09 - Regional Adelaide - Venue TBC
29/09 - The Helm, Mooloolaba, Australia
13/10 - Club 54, Launceston, Australia
19/10 - Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, Australia
26/10 - Goulbourn Workers Club, Goulbourn, Australia
27/10 - Dog N Duck, Adelaide, Australia
More to come..
Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our '
Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. ' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride. Well, in this instance, our good friend, Flynn—of 'Move 4 Mood' fame—was kind enough to book us for a "peak time" set at The Flinders, and, with that, an opportunity to exercise our tougher, uptempo selections; as such, we did just that!
We were fortunate to enjoy a heaving, packed dance floor from start to finish, and we delivered a strong selection of suitable cuts—all while staying fairly true to our Attic sound. The crowd response was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time making it all happen—hence the "warm and fuzzies" mentioned above!
Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!
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01 : Coeo - 'Back In The Days' (Original Mix) [Toy Tonics]
02 : Ari Bald - 'Moonshiner' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
03 : Johannes Albert - 'Beach Reach' (Original Mix) [Fine]
04 : Duccio LP - 'I Can Stay Without You' (Original Mix) [Blaq Numbers]
05 : Slamb - 'Getting Back (To Myself)' (Original Mix) [Infinite Pleasure]
06 : Joe Corti - 'Mr. Kuti' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
07 : Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax - 'Leave Me Alone' (Original Mix) [Robsoul Recordings]
08 : Adryiano - 'Nite Talk' (Original Mix) [Shall Not Fade]
09 : Bobby Analog - 'Dr. In The House' (Original Mix) [Body Fusion]
10 : Tell - 'Y'all Feel That Honey' (Paradise Mix) [Quartet Series]
11 : Black Loops - 'Higher' (Original Mix) [Neovinyl Recordings]
12 : Folamour - 'La Pierre Et Le Sabre' (Original Mix) [Tronic Session Records]
13 : The Timewriter - 'Pasodoble' (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix) [Streetlight]
14 : Bas Roos - 'Searchin'' (Original Mix) [Exploited]
15 : Sidney Charles - 'Jack On The Rocks' (Sante's 90s House Jam Remix) [Off Recordings]
16 : Souldynamic - 'Equatoriale' (Original Mix) [Tribe Records]
17 : Adryiano - 'Me And You And Her' (Original Mix) [Heist Recordings]
18 : Soul Reductions - 'Got 2 Be Loved' (Original Mix) [Take Away]
19 : Pierre Moritz - 'Eunuque Millionnaire' (Original Mix) [Shall Not Fade]
20 : Slamb - 'I Want Your' (Original Mix) [Blaq Numbers]
21 : Unknown - 'Track 3' [House Of Disco]
22 : Loose Change - 'Straight From The Heart' (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove Mix) [Z Records]
23 : Detroit Swindle - 'Just Not Norma' (Original Mix) [Heist Recordings]
24 : Knuckle G. - 'You Got Me' (Original Mix) [De La Groove]
25 : Folamour - 'Hearts Melting Into An Ocean' (Original Mix) [Kyoku Records]
26 : Speed Boat - 'Speed Tool 001' (Original Mix) [Nail Shop]
27 : Li'll Bo Tweak - 'Musics Hypnotising' (GhettoStep Mix) [Loungin' Recordings]
28 : Vaggio - 'Don't You Want Some More' (Original Mix) [Ovum Recordings]
29 : Midland - 'Double Feature' (Original Mix) [ReGraded]
30 : Brame & Hamo - 'Roy Keane' (Original Mix) [Brame & Hamo]
There's nothing simple about Dashiki's colourful new effort "Forget You"
Dashiki is an unusual artistic movement that mixes a blend European and African cultures with music, visuals and people. After the success of their first single, Forget You, Dashiki has released an equally vibrant visual accompaniment.
Dashiki is the anagram of the three members in the collective… David, Shif and Kimbo. Aptly, Dashiki also refers to a traditional type African dress. Staying true to their roots, this mixture of African and European cultures is at the core of this project.
Dashiki is a collective where singers, dancers, designers and video makers, of both European and African origins, collaborate with the DJ producer who masterminded the whole idea. Their energy has been well directed to create Forget You, in 2017, and now their equally exhilarating video.
Brought to life by the Dashiki movement, this video is an uplifting exploration that doesn’t shy away from a very relatable situation. Sewn together by three creative forces, the video is underpinned heavily by each of their skills, backgrounds and individual stories. This track has an eclectic and erratic slant, but in some way, has the sense of utter certainty that youth holds. Deleting his ex-girl in a video game like twist, no one can’t decide whether this is a good or bad move. Passionate and powerful, this loudly asks us whether forgetting is better than heartbreak? Either way, we can’t wait for more celebrations of life from the skilled musicians that have brought us Dashiki.
So, as the dust has settled on our recent Attic event headlined by Laurence Guy—our fourth instalment—I am making available my recorded set from the evening.
I opened up shop for the first hour on this occasion, so, accordingly; this is very much a lower, slower effort—105 BPM upwards—though, in doing so, I did my best to retain a lot of the melodic elements that make up our "Attic sound".
I really enjoyed putting this one together and kicking off the night in a method that I saw fit—and what an evening it turned out to be!
I hope you enjoy this one, all the same.
Comments and feedback—and if you really enjoy it, bookings—are always welcome!
'till next time!
01 : Voodoo Whiskey - 'Poolside' (Original Mix) [Midnight Riot]
02 : Atjazz - 'Open A Window' (Original Mix) [Atjazz Record Company]
03 : Shur-I-Kan - 'Remember' (Original Mix) [Dark Energy Recordings]
04 : Ben La Desh & Plan d'Aqua - 'Crackstate' (Original Mix) [Ism Recordings]
05 : Ethyène - 'Rains Over Occident' (Original Mix) [Editorial Records]
06 : Saine - 'You Can Count On Me' (Original Mix) [Masterworks Music]
07 : Deephope - 'Transition' (Original Mix) [Deep Site Digital]
08 : Luvless - 'Down With You Baby' (Original Mix) [Tsuba]
09 : Kolja Gerstenberg - 'Mmmh Jaaazz' (Original Mix) [Smile For A While]
10 : Ethyène ft. Folamour - 'Why My Love' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
11 : Tour-maubourg - 'Hang On' (Original Mix) [FHUO Records]
12 : Closed Paradise - 'Secrets' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
13 : Daniel Leseman - 'On My Mind' (Original Mix) [Outplay]
Dastardlyd posted an article in News and Reviews,At first glance, Brisbane DJ DefWill appears to be going from strength to strength, balancing university studies, events management roles for festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Live Large, DJing some of the deepest techno rhythms at some of the primest techno parties on the east coast of Oz and also that he has never let the fact that he is deaf hold him back. Though if one takes the time to look (and talk) a little deeper it becomes clear that he, like many of us, carries burdens that are well beyond his control and the weight of which has been known to bring even the strongest of us down.
New OzClubbers writer Dastardly Kuts gets deep with DefWill.
NathanJones posted an article in News and Reviews,From the DJ’s perspective; since Larry Levan’s early days at the Paradise Garage, the remix – or playing different versions of songs – was one of the first notable aspects of what we now know as DJ Culture. His ethic of refreshing successful dancefloor movers in the late seventies passed down generations of DJ has been long-established as almost a perfunctory task, almost a must-do to be undertaken by the disk jockey.
BrendanClay posted a topic in Sydney,Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our 'Attic' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride.
Elektropanda posted an article in News and Reviews,Recently I got to go check out the official Outlook Festival Queensland launch party in Brisbane. Presented by Quality Street Byron Bay, the event concept paid tribute to one of Europe’s most exciting Drum and Bass festivals and is a celebration of sound system culture.