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Chart positions of the last 10 releases:
‘Sink about it’ hit the no.3 spot in the official National Australian Aria club chart, Summer 2016
‘Drop that low’ reached No.15 in the Beatport Electro House chart
‘Gimme Sum’ top 20 in the National Aria Club chart Spring’ 2016
‘#That’ reached No.6 in Track it Down top 100 Winter 2015
‘Broken’ reached no 79 in the National Aria Club chart and No.94 in the Beatport Hip Hop chart September 2014
‘Jumanji’ hit the no.1 spot in the official National Australian Aria club chart, Summer 2013
‘Raging in the dancehall’ reached No.1 in the Dutch Hardcore chart Winter 2013
‘London’ reached No.2 in the Spanish radio chart Spring 2013
‘#Tweet’ reached No.7 and No.13 in the Beatport Glitch Hop chart Summer 2013
‘My Selector’ reached No.3 in the Beatport Dubstep chart Winter 2012
Growing up in central London, next door to a shebeen, it was impossible for this small child to not be affected by the music. Heavy bass would pump out the speaker boxes, often waking her up late at night as it pulsated through the building. When she left for primary school in the morning, the betting shop she lived above hadn’t yet opened but the party would still be rocking and the young Caron Geary passed the revellers on the way to start her traditional education. Reggae music, and the culture surrounding it, was quite literally in her bones and was to become a strong influence in her work. Her upbringing was tolerant, racial boundaries didn’t exist at home, she was yet to become the pioneering lyricist and ground breaking musician of today, but her journey had already commenced.
Kinky cut her first dub plate at Music House, Seven Sisters, where even the engineers and the dreads were impressed. By this time she had already seen Bob Marley and the Wailers perform at Hammersmith Odeon, decided to take a day off of school to attend his court hearing at Marylebone Magistrates’ Court in the Spring of 1977, where the 12 year old met and spoke with the man himself and Aston Barrett, before seeing them play at The Rainbow Theatre shorty after. She was now thirteen years old.
During her late teens she followed sound systems in London and went to live shows at every opportunity. Before UK rap had developed, the musical role models she followed were Jamaican DJs, when American rap music emerged, she found she had less of a connection
with these MCs than the Jamaican and British Reggae Djs MCs and her style developed from there; the journey continued.
She decided if she ever saw a musician who shared a love of Reggae music, she would approach them and was convinced they would want to work with her. A chance meeting with Boy George in a London club, led her to record her first official release ‘Kipsy’, which she performed live on TV for the musical fundraiser for Hurricane Gilbert, ‘Smile Jamaica’. A few years later Chrissie Hynde somehow found out where she lived and came knocking on the door of Desperate People Housing co-op in Camden, where she’d moved to from the family home; to link up and record a reggae duet. Neneh Cherry wanted to fly Kinky in a helicopter from where she was on tour with George, to the UK TV studio, where her friend Neneh was performing her single in time for the young MC to play percussion. George told Kinky if she did the show she could no longer work with him. She stayed on More Protein for a few more years, co writing the music and performing on the hit ‘Generations of Love’. She made a decision to part company with George and More protein in the early 90’s and hasn’t spoken with him since.
With the release and hit chart success of “Everything Starts with an E” – Acid Houses’ outlawed global anthem – and a No.1 pop hit with Erasure; MC Kinky became the first MC to chat dancehall lyrics over music other than reggae and was the first ever white female reggae/dancehall MC in music history. Spearheading the UK Dance and Rave scene from both the Underground and Mainstream, high profile Club DJ-ing and MC-ing also lead her to work with UK & European DJS such as Danny Rampling, Paul Okenfold, Pete Tong, Norman Cook, Jon Carter, Barry Ashworth, Danny Tenaglia, Boy George, Fingers Inc, Tony Humphries, Joost van Bellen, George Clinton, Gary Gecko, Lisa Loud and Jeremy Healy.
Kinky’s discography includes names such as Erasure, Boy George, Towa Tei, Chrissie Hynde, Jam & Spoon, the Rebel MC before he had become Congo Natty and Natasha Atlas.
With tours in Australia, the UK and Europe, America; as well as performances in China, Thailand, Singapore, Turkey, Cambodia, Russia and Brazil Kinky’s popularity outside of the UK was confirmed.
After a residency in Ibiza at Manumission, performing and DJ-ing, Kinky returned to London to write the solo album ‘Girl with a Halo’ under a new incarnation: Feral. This vitriolic sonic hybrid of electronic ragga, manic house and punk rock was blasted around the European and UK Festival circuits, playing Glastonbury, Love Box, Lowlands and Valtifest, as well as the Soho Theatre & the National Opera House.
Having shown art films and performed in Art Institutions and museums across the UK, Europe and America, the cultural phenomenon that is Caron Kinky has also written scores for the National Theatre, London and has provided the soundtracks for designers Rifat Ozbek, Anthony Symonds, Copperwheat Blundell, Bogomir Doringer and Michiko Koshino in London, Belgrade and Paris.
The end of 2011 saw FERAL teaming up with Jon Kwest & Obeya to release their ‘Dutty pum pum’ collaboration on Mad Decent as part of Billy the Gents successful ‘Through the wire’ compilation, where artists uploaded their contributions to partnered producers. She performed at the MTV EMAS in Belfast, where she also free-styled on the mic with the boys from Azari &
III. Her DJ skills were required for the first moombahton party in the Netherlands, so off she hopped to tear the place apart, despite being on crutches after a foot operation.
At the start of 2012 Nasty FM DJ Suki Bedeaux asked her to guest on the show and produce an hour long mix of her current bass driven dance tracks, which was received really well. Her solo track ‘No Heart’ made in onto the Generation Moombahluv 3 compilation and her place as one of the first producers writing original tracks in this scene was firmly cemented.
Many more producers from the around the world requested FERALS vocal and production skills on their tracks: ETC! ETC! Pickster & Melo, Sazon Booya and , gLAdiator and in March she flew to Miami for the WMC to hook up with them all. From Miami she flew to Aruba in the Caribbean, to shoot the video for “iOU1” another solo track that has been getting a mega response at festivals and clubs around the world. While she was there she featured on Fellows radio show on Cool FM along with London DJ Bisoux.
Summer 2012 has been really productive for FERAL is KINKY performing at Secret Garden party, at the first ever Kuduro festival in Angola, three shows at LoveBox, culminating in her mainstage performance on Sunday with her LDN FAM boys who featured in the My Selector video shot by Studio Partyline in London,. Other main shows included Koko, the Coronet,and mainstage at Summer Rites in London.
The designers KTZ requested she performed at their after show party in London Fashion week, she sent the central London fashion crowd mental. FERAL returned to the studio and her dancehall roots, to record two dub plates at the request of Swiss reggae sound system Kya Bamba and continued to work on more solo tracks.
She has recently returned from headlining a show for four thousand people in Barcelona at the Fabra i Coats, the film screening of “Live East Die Young, in which she has a cameo role and performing with her dancers in Milan.
Currently FERAL is working on solo tracks planned for this Autumn whilst also concluding collaborative projects with the Bumps, Vodge Diper, J-trick and Peking Duk, Severino & Hifi Sean, Cy Kosis, Too Fresh and Alvaro; which will be completed by Winter 2012
London and Rome dates have just been added to the schedule for October and November, new mix cds are being recorded, plus more dub plates and FERALs first official remix. It is an understatement to say she has had a busy year so far combining studio production and live shows, no mean feat for an independent artist/producer without an agent or management.
Two official collaborative projects will be released in the next two months, one with gLAdiator from LA on clubtapes.com and Big N Hairy in Vienna, the other with ETC! ETC! on the Mad Decent blog and Tropical bass in Germany. These lead nicely into FERAL is KINKY’s first official solo release: “My Selector”, a sound system inspired dubstep banger; followed by the hooky jump up beats of #Tweet. Both will be released on Play me Records in LA complete with remixes and videos.
It has definitely been an exciting enjoyable year so far and FERAL is KINKY has just confirmed the first three festival dates of 2013; ones she loves playing…Summer Rites, Glastonbury and Lovebox plus a tour of SE Asia: Bangkok, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam where FERAL will be performing live and DJ-ing.
Between March and May she will be releasing several collaborative tracks with Symbiz in Vienna, Dirt Caps + Naffz in Amsterdam on Mad Decent, Severino & Hifi Sean in London via New York label Get Up recordings, J-Trick and Peking Duk in Australia on Ministry of Sound, Hardcore giants Endymion in the Netherlands and David HeartBreak on Skrillex label OWSLA,
These will be followed by her 2nd solo single release “#Tweet” on Play Me Records on 13th April 2013
Dank who reached no.3 in the Beatport Dubstep charts with his My Selector remix, has requested to work with her for his upcoming solo release as has Australias trapstep producer Spenda C who provides one of the remixes in this next release plus UKs Stenchman & Suspect.
Daishi Dance one of the biggest house producers in Japan will be releasing his new FiK collaboration late summer, which will be followed by the forthcoming solo releases ‘Tun Up’ and the Trap Step monster ‘Brother’ in 2014 on Cutlines Midication label.
Following her Month of successful shows and DJ sets in NYC in September 2013, Peace Biscuit will be releasing “Brother” May 2014 on their next compilation album.
Winter 2014 saw FiK performing and DJ-ing in Tokyo, for the first time, as part of her Australian and SE Asian tour. The response was sensational and she has already been booked by all promoters to return next year.
On returning to the UK FiK will be writing the follow up to Jumanji with J trick and Uberjakd, working with Airing and Cameron, Dank and Punx Soundcheck as well as continuing to play live and DJ.
This summer she will be hosting the Titty Twister stage at Mysterylands in the Netherlands as well as performing at Glastonbury and the Secret garden Party Festival in the UK
In October she launches Squirt Records and releases another solo single “Feelin da Vibes” on December 15th, this piece of bashy house is already getting heavy weight support plus plays on Radio 1 and Kiss FM
2015 Brings more collaborations with Slop Rock and Dank, plus DJ sets and live shows in Milan, Ibiza and Glastonbury
Early Summer 2015 will see the release of ‘Lick Shot’ the second release on her own imprint
Early this summer FiK performed in Ibiza Sankeys, was interviewed on Sonica Radio by Andy Wilson for his show at Santos Beach club, where he featured three of her new tracks and was invited to DJ’ Live on Sonica when she returned later in the Summer, which went well as they already asked her back.
Glastonbury, DJ sets this year were at Spaceport, the Spike in the Glade and Guerialla Bar in Shangri –la
So far 2016 has been busy year in the studio for Feral , releasing several solo and collaboratative tracks Gimme Sum on Velcro and
Drop that Low on Dim Mak with Angger Dimas, followed by their follow up collaboration ‘Pon di road’ about to drop this month on Vicious Bitch. Sink about it on Ministry of Sound, both out of Australia, Fever on on MTA, here in the UK, which well supported by Capital, Kiss and Radio 1.
In September she MC’d and performed Fever live for Radio 1 Xtra’s CoCo Cole at Martin Solveg’s night, Our House at Pacha
The end of the year will be rounded off with her 4th solo release ”Back where you started” on Squirt and another trip to Ibiza in November for some Winter action.
K-Klass are responsible for some of the biggest dance tracks ever made. For over quarter of a century they have rocked dance floors and live gigs without fail, racking up no fewer than 5 UK top 40 hits and a GRAMMY Nomination along the way. That combined with a remix Hit List to die for, including Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lisa Stansfield, New Order, Bobby Brown, Rihanna and many, many more all adding up to millions of sales/Internet views world wide.
Meeting in 1988, in the Legendary Manchester club, the Hacienda, K-Klass soon teamed up with vocalist Bobbi Depasois (who they work with to this day). Hits such as “Rhythm is a Mystery” and “Let Me Show You” soon followed. In the early days the group were best known for their live performances, notching up over 300 full live shows. They cut their teeth playing live at huge raves as well as iconic clubs such as The Hacienda, Cream, Ministry of Sound and many others. Offers of remix and production work followed the hit records. In 1995 K-Klass won the International Dance Awards Remixer Of The Year Award, then followed that in 2002 with a GRAMMY Nomination. The 44th annual Grammy’s saw K-Klass nominated as the first UK artist ever in the best remix category.
To this day K-Klass continue to rock dance floors across the UK and world wide. Showcasing both upfront and classic house music in their sets. Alongside DJ ing live, K-Klass also syndicate a monthly “Klass Action” Radio show to over 100 fm/internet stations worldwide.
Klass Action, K-Klass’ record label was set up in 2012 alongside former Stealth records label manager Bas Jansen. So far the label has scored successful top 10 releases on both major dance music download stores Beatport & Traxsource working alongside Todd Terry, Jorge Montia, Benny Royal, Martijn Ten Velden, Sonny Wharton and Futuristic Polar Bears, as well as including their own remake of K-Klass – Let Me Show You 2015.
2013 Saw K-Klass celebrate 25 years in the business. This was marked by the release of the hugely successful K-Klass 25 album and tour, showcasing 25 years of the band’s work. The album went top 10 on iTunes Dance and reached No. 8 in the HMV Physical sales chart.
2015 also saw K-Klass take the full live band back on the road with a series of very successful live shows that included the Beat-Herder Festival, Bowlers Arena, Manchester and Air Festival, Bournemouth amongst others. The K-Klass Live band includes Davos (keys) and Pav (percussion) who join Bobbi, Russ and Paul on stage to make it a truly live affair.
K-Klass continue to evolve and move forward and 2016 looks set to be another big year. Cream approached Paul & Russ to curate and DJ the Cream Classics show alongside the Royal Liverpool Philamonic Orchestra at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool which will include K-Klass vocalist Bobbi Depasois performing some of Cream’s biggest dancefloor tracks.
Studio wise K-Klass have been working on a lot of new material and will look to release a album of new material later in the year.
With DJ dates and live shows confirmed for 2016 that include Creamfields, Hacienda tour dates, Clockwork Orange London, Q-Club Birmingham, Coloursfest Glasgow as well as many other UK tour dates and with shows confirmed for Ibiza, Dubai and Marbella, the K-Klass story will continue…