Conversing with Kinder

If you’re one of the lucky ones that scored tickets to Listen Out 2019, you won’t want to miss the fruity sounds of Kinder after reading this.

Kinder are an electronic, dance-fused music duo comprising of sisters Briony and Savannah from the regional town Maitland, Australia.

Growing up amongst a breadth of musical sounds, it seemed right that the sisters the trip to Sydney to make music their career.

Learning the ropes in the DJ booth of underground clubs ranging from Chinese Laundry to World Bar which soon led to their own headline slots.

Over the past few years, the duo have opened for NGHTMRE and RL Grime, as well as performing across a string of dates at Splendour in the Grass, Mountain Sounds, ThisThat, Groovin’ the Moo and even, Alison Wonderland’s Scarehouse Project.

With finesse bursting at the seams, the girls paired up with music producer Bhaskar, writing and singing on his track ‘Hold On’. The single received rapturous acclaim, reaching over one million streams on Spotify and holding a steady positioning on Brazil’s iTunes Electronic Chart.

The girls debut single ‘What You’re Like’ takes deep inspiration from Afrobeat dance jams of their childhood apace with some Latin influences.

These girls aren’t just talented DJ’s but rather aren’t afraid to jump into new musical territory, particularly their new tropical flavoured single, ‘No Sleep’.

The duo have a big year ahead as they were announced to perform at Listen Out 2019, so we sat down with the girls to chat all things music and future plans for Kinder.

What would have to be your earliest memory with music?

Savannah: I grew up listening to whatever our mum was listening to at the time, so Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Nirvana and the Cure. I then went on to copy whatever my big sister was listening to, which was all the big pop gems like Christina, Britney and the Spice Girls!

I started writing really bad lyrics at probably around 6 years old and then started playing piano for the first time 7 or 8 and I haven’t stopped since!

Briony: Like most young girls my age I loooooved the Spice Girls. I remember my mum bought me their CD and their deodorant spray and I spent weeks singing and dancing in the lounge room, using that spray as my microphone.

How did you actually get into DJ’ing?

Briony: I started to learn when I went to Uni in Bathurst and then I would come home to teach Sav in the holidays. We really loved big Progressive House EDM DJ’s back then, so we really just wanted to be the next Steve Aöki at the time (laughs).

Are you guys excited to be featured on the Listen Out 2019 lineup – where were you when you found out and did it come as surprise?

Briony: YES! We are stoked! The line-up is insane! Sav was asleep and I ran into her room and told her after I got the phone call from our manager! So, it was a big surprise, especially for San waking up for it and we honestly can’t wait!

Any surprises for your Listen Out set that you can reveal?

Briony: We will definitely be singing all of our originals live and there is  a very high chance of a brand new one!

What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for upcoming DJ’s or musicians who want to headline their own shows or headline at festivals?

Briony: Go for it! If you are really determined and put your mind to it, you can achieve anything! Life is too short for ‘what if’s’ – we would have never though two girls from Maitland would be playing Listen Out! won’t be an easy road but try to get through shit and one day it will be worth it!!

What is the one thing a lot of people don’t know about you?

Briony: Surprisingly, that we are not twins. So many people get it mixed up (laughs), we are 3.5 years apart to be exact!

Describe your music production/creation process – is it more spontaneous or methodical?
Briony: We always start at home on the piano with an idea. Then we lay a basic demo down on Ableton and drag sounds in from our sound bank. We have a collection of sounds we like to use across whatever we do. After we have the idea down, we reach out to producers to collaborate and take the songs to the next level.

Who are some of your biggest influencers in shaping your sound at the moment?

Briony: For production definitely Golden Features, Zhu, Riton and Alok. However, for the top lines we are really inspired by pop queens like Halsey and Lorde.

Whats your favourite venue to perform at and why?
Briony: 
We love playing at The Grand Poobah in Hobart! It honestly is so much fun every time we go!

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt throughout the progression of your music career as professional female DJ’s?

Briony: That women are just as good as men in their craft! Never second guess yourself.

Finally, any surprises for the future?

Briony: Lots of music coming! Stay tuuuuuuuned.

Get your playlist ‘Listen Out ready’ by checking out Kinder’s latest tunes on Soundcloud.

 

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