The Australian born Kito, first made a splash with her 12” and the following self titled four track EP for Skream’s Disfigured Dubz label. Being given that shine by such an influential luminary as he, quickly thrust her into the limelight, but with tracks like ‘LFO’ (which featured the vocal talents of one of her childhood friends Reija Lee) that trickled with an aquatic percussion and a similar sense of propulsive bass as artists like Desto, she proved she more than has the talent to back up such a plug.
Since then she’s been picked up by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint, releasing a collaborative EP with Reija that built emphatically on the foundations they laid out on ‘LFO.’ The ‘Sweet Talk’ EP won her even more fans with heavy support from BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra and led to a further single, ‘Run For Cover’ on Mad Decent. Having just remixed Beyonce’s rousing Anthem ‘Run The World’ we’re set to welcome Kito back to Farringdon next Friday, so we took the opportunity to catch up with her and learn a little bit more about her background.
Beyoncé - Run The World (Girls) [Kito Remix]
You’ve made a big impact on the dubstep scene over here, with releases on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz and Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint, but what’s the reaction to your work been like in Australia?
Aussies are generally very supportive and I love playing shows at home. It has been a while since I was back there and I'm definitely looking forward to the next trip as a lot has happened this year.
What was the music scene like for you whilst growing up down under and in particular, what were you listening to?
I grew up in a very small town in the south of Western Australia and was lucky enough to have some very musical siblings that passed on a lot of music to me. When I moved to Perth after school it was all about drum & bass. Perth is big on this! This really was my gateway to dance music.
What’s the dubstep scene like in Australia at the moment? Any up-and-coming producers we should be aware of?
Aussies love dubstep! The festival lineups are ridiculous. When it comes to up-and-coming producers I can't help but mention my friends from Perth - there's honestly a lot of talent in that city! I studied music with a guy called Luke Pierre who makes some incredible music and he's literally a human encyclopedia for hip hop and sampling.
You’re widely known for your work and friendship with female vocalist Reija Lee, how did you meet and begin working together?
Reija is an old friend; we've known each other since we were about 13. Her cousin was my best friend in High School so we used to hang out in school holidays. I never imagined we'd be releasing music together! Back then I was collecting records and messing about with production and Reija was singing and playing bass in bands. Her brother is also one of my best friends (ShockOne) and our group of friends really are like one big family. It's quite amazing that all of us seem to be doing something with music and come from such a close knit group in Perth. ‘LFO’ was the first track Reija sang on and it sort of just fell together. Ever since then we've been on a mission! I can't think of anything better than making music and touring with someone who I think is amazing and also is one of my best friends.
You’re playing here on the 28th in our Room Two, alongside Shy FX, Scratch Perverts and Gemini. What have you got planned for it? Any DJs you’re particularly looking forward to seeing?
Can't wait for the 28th! I play a lot of different stuff - not just dubstep. I'm looking forward to dropping some of the new tracks I've been working on with Reija (she has just recently moved to London). I've been working hard so it will be nice to test some of these new bits at fabric. Also really looking forward to catching my girl BTraits play as I've never seen her!
What’s next for Kito?
Finishing off and releasing a huge amount of collaborations that I've been working on this year! I'm writing music with Feadz from Ed Banger, Rockwell, Sam Frank, Two Inch Punch and a very exciting singer called Aynzli Jones. And of course my main priority at the moment is Reija. We've got a lot planned for the future!