Backing singer to electronic folk band Crystal Fighters, Eleanor Fletcher has begun a whole new journey of her own under the name Kyiki. Her single 'Make Love, Live Free' released on the 19th of September is full of vibrancy. It's both radiant and alluring, taking you into a dreamy pop heaven. Kyiki proves her diverse and flexible style with her song Here For which has a darker edge; icy and enchanting. It's clear that Kyiki has a lot to offer, lets see where she goes next...
Three words to describe your music style?
Magical Tea Party
What inspires you to make music?
Everything in my life that I am experiencing/have experienced. Other people's music, other people's stories and pretty much anything that is currently going on.
What's your favourite album of all time and why?
I am going to go for the Love album, the remixed and mastered compilation of The Beatles. I heard it for the first time in Vegas for the Love show and was completely mesmerized by the entire experience. I really appreciate a journey within an album and this did exactly this. The new mix brought the original tracks to life even more and it gets me every time.
What bands/artists are you listening to right now?
LA Priest, Ben Khan, Mulan, Gold Link, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and an occasional dose of Will Smith.
What's it like working with Crystal Fighters?
Never a dull moment. It's been a non stop six years, Crystal Fighters are a heavily touring band so it's been surreal travelling around for that length of time, it accelerates time even faster than it already is.
If you weren't making music, what do you think you'd be doing now?
There has never been a point, even as young nipper that I imagined doing anything else other than music, so it's a tricky question to answer. I'm going to go ahead and just say zookeeper. I took a 'career prediction' test once in school and that was the answer.
Who are your main musical influences?
I'm currently really into live hiphop and bands that are a good combination of juicy analogue synths and live instruments. Little Dragon have always been amazing to me. Yukimi's voice is killer and they are always very inventive with their production. Other artists I am influenced by are LA Priest, Blood Orange, Kate Bush and Solange. All amazing artists.
What was it like to headline a show in LA?
As a British artist, it was particularly exciting, especially thinking back to my 10 year old self. It also gave me almost more freedom and desire to be even more eccentric and play on the fact that I am not so much aware of the current LA music scene.
What challenges have you faced in your musical journey?
My main challenges have been presented by myself and the over critical perception I have. If my mood is off, It is easy to feel disheartened. Finding the exact thing I wanted to say without feeling self conscious about the way it was presented was difficult, but once you establish that, it's the most powerful feeling you can imagine.
What would you like to achieve within the next 5 years?
A large body of work I am proud of, represents me correctly and something I can constantly perform with, whether it's small club shows to large headline slots. Performing is almost my favourite part, so doing that consistently with people who wanted to hear will be amazing.
You say you don't want to lose your "immaturity". What do you find the benefits of being a bit immature every now and then are?
I find especially as an 'artist' it is important because it is often easy to try and be 'realistic' - a voice I like to try and fight. Children are not realistic. They have a drive and desire to do and achieve anything. Nothing feels impossible, if I let go of that I think I would be heartbroken.
What/where has been your favourite show so far?
The headline show I did at Notting Hill Arts Club in London has to be my favourite. Everyone I loved and know/once knew attended, as well as many other new people. There was a lot of excitement and support in that room which I won't forget any time soon. The smaller shows can often be the most memorable.
Now I will ask you to end this with your favourite quote..
With great risk comes great reward.
Check out Kyiki on Souncloud here: https://soundcloud.com/kyiki/tracks