Getting To Know KISS KANOO

With her new EP Primordial set to drop in the coming months, East London-based singer and songwriter Kiss Kanoo has now unveiled the first offering to be lifted from her upcoming collection, I Always Know.

Produced by renowned producer Yuri Stano, this new release looks to bridge the gap between the ethereal RnB sound and a more electro-pop aesthetic, giving it a bold and flamboyant flavour that looks to cement her as a new innovator within the scene.

So with her new single now with us, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what first brought her to the world of music.

What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Drums! I played drums for years in an all-female punk band. I am still in love with drum sets, I think they are beautiful and they sound so powerful. Drum beats really really move you, like the beat of your heart moves your body!

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

The most prominent inspirations behind my music are self-growth and evolution. More specifically, I aim to regain the voice in the world I feel like I have been losing in these past years and I want to help people regain theirs along my journey.

Talking about my emotions or what I think it’s right has always been extremely difficult for me. When it comes to my emotions, I rather shut down and run away. I have been hiding. I know for a fact that there are SO many people who feel like me. I would like to invite anyone who feels this way to take this journey with me in order to get in touch with who we are and finally discover we can actually open up about what we feel. It won’t be easy, but it’s worth it. I stayed silent for too long. It’s time to change that!

What kind of music did you love as a teenager?

I know this might sound like a weird mix, but as a teenager I remember being very attracted to dubstep, drum and bass and the groove of Justin Timberlake!

Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?

That would be Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation (Zeds Dead Remix). I remember the very first time I listened to it  -it sparked something inside me. I started dreaming about performing it on a stage, dancing to it like crazy!

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

In the morning I listen to very uplifting music, mainly bubblegum pop. I listen to Sugar Sugar by The Archies every morning actually! It’s one of my all-time favourites.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

Everything I have ever written is about people in my life. Sometimes the “main characters” of my lyrics are people I know deeply and, through the song, I try to understand what they must have felt during a specific set of circumstances. Although most of the time I write about how certain people have made ME feel when our paths have crossed. We all leave something behind with the people we meet, being that either memories or lessons.

What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?

Releasing my first single without a doubt. It was such a vulnerable moment in my career because I have been revolving around it for most of my life. However, trapped by endless projects and work trips, I had never given my desire to become an artist a real chance. The COVID situation was the ultimate motivation I needed to take this important step. I finally had the time to work on my EP and now that I broke the ice, I’m ready to give it all I have!

Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?

Show design! I work in the entertainment world and I am the Manager of Ombra Design, a company based in London that creates live experiences and tours for other artists and companies. We aim to push boundaries with new technologies in entertainment and show design. 

If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?

Journalism. I studied investigative journalism and if I wasn’t focusing on music right now, I’d be out there looking for troubles and stories to write about.

And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?

Coming from someone who’d never had free time, I’d say to cherish that, the free time! The time I have now to focus on my personal projects feels like a luxury! Hence it served me as motivation. However so many artists I personally know have finally had a break from all the touring and the crazy lifestyle which I am so happy about! It’s good to be productive and all, but at the same time, we could also use this time to re-focus on our life purposes and mental health. Our creativity and inspiration will benefit from this and naturally follow.