From Switzerland to Italy and now London, DJ/producer Kiriku releases his transcendent instrumental track titled “I Hear Your Voice”. Starting off as a rapper/beat-maker, Kiriku then broadened his creative horizons to blend the likes of afro-funk, hip hop, downtempo house music, and electro-indie/alternative into his surreal production. His latest eclectic single “I Hear Your Voice” channels different musical elements from across the board, only to create Kiriku’s finely-tuned unique electronic sound. While incorporating a variety of human elements like bass guitar and electric guitar, “I Hear Your Voice” takes us to new and exciting places.
Opening with a deep and bluesy bass guitar overtop airy ghost vocals, “I Hear Your Voice” brings a clear-cut groovy atmosphere right from the jump. The track grows wider in layers with added electronic kicks and claps. With chiming keyboard notes fluttering overtop the textured bassline, Kiriku begins to incorporate electric guitar picking all to give his sound a well-rounded feel. He effortlessly garners the attention of audiences from all genre’s as deep electro house seems to be quite a craze, Kiriku effortlessly blends powerful aspects of hip hop and alternative/indie letting all listeners resonate. With a methodical approach to creating, it’s clear that Kiriku effectively brings a nostalgic yet modern feel al in one. Be sure to check out his groovy single “I Hear Your Voice”.
Listen to “I Hear Your Voice” here.
Hey Kiriku, welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re really getting down with your technically produced blend of genre’s on your latest release “I Hear Your Voice”. Could you expand how you went about laying track by track for the single, and what Kiriku’s creative process looked like? In the composition process, I imagined being on a boat while looking at a mermaid swimming in the sea. Technically everything started from a bass guitar vibe, very often I start my songs like this. The rule I have for each track is to mix digital and analogic elements; in this case, I started from the bass guitar, and then I used digital drums. We’ve heard that Kiriku started his career off in Italy as a rapper and beat-maker, then shifting into your wide-range of sounds today. What made you take this artistic shift, and what motivated you to make this unique path? My transition from rapper to producer came naturally without even planning it. I was the youngest in a provincial crew of rappers, and I started producing beats to rap on them because we didn't want to rap on other artists' beats anymore, there was a need for identity. In the same period, I also started working as a DJ and vocalist in a few clubs in southern Italy and then in Rome. When I moved to Rome, I founded together with a friend of mine Xtro which was the first project for which I started producing electronic music. Kiriku was born when the Xtro duo broke up; it's my project. His name comes from a French cartoon set in Africa, the story of Kiriku and his proactiveness in facing obstacles immediately inspired me. The musical style mixes afro-funk sensations with electronic dimensions; I have been influenced by French music a lot even if I don't identify my self with it. Your latest single “I Hear Your Voice” captures textured human elements like bass and guitar, while also adding fluent electronic elements. What were Kirku’s original intentions with how you wanted the single to sound, and what atmosphere you wanted to provide? I hear your voice is a song that has the desire to escape, we listen to the voices in our heads we want to reach out, but we cannot. It is mostly about dreams and aspirations: we can't always get what we want and dream. From Kiriku’s debut album “Hello Friends” in 2017 to your latest single “I Hear Your Voice”, have you personally noticed any growth or change in your sound since you first started releasing music?
Absolutely yes, I changed a lot, my music reflects my personality. In Hello friends I was very, very confused. At the time, I had become a good producer because I was able to produce any musical genre. In the last two years, thanks to my experience as a DJ, I have become much cleaner in the choice of sounds and rhythms.
Indeed, the experience as a DJ made me understand what people like and also what they want and are missing at the moment. I think it is always good when producing to imagine how it will be on the dance floor.
Since I live in London, I feel that also my sounds are a little greyer (due to the climate and moods) but always with a unique afro-funk atmosphere which reflects my personality.