A member of West Sydney’s Bodega Collective, Kymie is definitely more down-tempo than her hyperactive colleagues like Kwame & Raj Mahal. Still, Kymie has already proven that she can sing confidently over a range of styles and BPMs, from the slow-burning ‘Suffering From You’ to summer bop ‘With You’ alongside Phil Fresh. Next, she’ll take things down a more trap-infused route with her next single, ‘Needs.’
The new track will be launching with a listening party at Goodspace Gallery in Chippendale on October 19, where Kymie will perform alongside LKGD and Bodega Collective on the decks, and a few other goodies littered throughout the evening. Ahead of the ‘Needs’ launch, we chat with Kymie about her background in music, church anthems and what to expect next Friday night:
Hi, I’m Kymie from Sydney. I’m an R&B artist and songwriter. My mission in music is to write songs people can relate to and have a positive influence.
Yeah, my parents were always playing music through out the house, usually on the lines of Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson and Anita Baker. My main influences today change on the daily, but right now I’m listening to Summer Walker and Soulection.
I didn’t go to a traditional church so to speak, but I grew up singing gospel songs in the worship team. My personal favourite hymn is ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Behold The Lamb of God’ has to be my Grandma’s favourite!
This is such a good question… I feel I would want to definitely keep it old school and since I’m such a 90s R&B head, I’d want to do “At Your Best You Are Love” by Aaliyah.
It’s going to be amazing and filled with good vibrations! It’s basically a launch of my artistry as well as ‘Needs’. On the exhibition side, some images that The Uncast took will be on display, along with some crazy projections provided by Risers Media. There’ll be music by DJ LKGD and I’ll actually be performing three unreleased tracks as well, so it’s an exciting introduction to my world.
Both teams have been incredible to work with. Bodega have been there from the beginning of ‘Needs’, they’ve helped shaped the vision while giving me direction for this launch to be incredible. The Uncast have helped me produce the creative content for the launch and helped me brand ‘Needs’ itself. I’ve also been working very closely with Nadia aka @Thugxurious, she styled the photoshoots and style directed the music video, and she also helped me curate this event.
Without their help, ‘Needs’ would not be what it is today! I’m very thankful to have worked with both teams.
Kwame produced ‘Needs’, it actually came really organically, it was a super spontaneous track. We just had fun with it and wrote it quite quickly, so I’m really happy we can finally begin to present some of the work we have done together.
Needs is a really empowering track, the perfect location would be either be before a night out, or in the car after a long day to boost you up, just like a shot of coffee or tequila – depends on your preference.
Honestly the talent right now is amazing! I’d say you should be listening to; Lauren (BCLauren), Kwame, Kaiit, B Wise, Milan Ring, Mike Akox and Phil Fresh.
You’ll be seeing a dope music Video for ‘Needs’ and then I’ll be writing and recording, ready to release more tracks early next year.
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