Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Sharing his debut EP ‘Ricardo’ today, the five-track project finds Kurtis offering up a hypnotic psych-inspired R&B gems.
With a debut full-length on the way, we sent him over some qs to find out more!
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Proceed with caution, I can become very addicting.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
I’d never forget the first time trying to figure out how people actually put music together. I recall I was around age 11 when I listened past what the average listener would hear on the radio, trying discover nuances I hadn’t heard before. This was the beginning of training my ear.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
I remember the first time hearing Jill Scott as a kid, it was so different to me at the time because everything else around me was mostly Caribbean oriented. It was the first time I experienced music being use as a vessel to express emotion.
You’re from Trinidad and are now based in Berlin! What do you think of the music scenes there at the moment?
I think the music scene in Trinidad is very boutique and has been for quite some time. A lot of great artists never make it out because of lack of opportunity. I hope to help change this one day.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
I rarely take inspiration from other artists. I’m mostly inspired by art and nature.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Tyler, the Creator, hands down. Amazing artist. I think our music would last the times.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m mostly excited about finally putting a body of work out for my fans. I’ve always dreamed of starting this journey & I think it’s the perfect prequel to my first album coming in 2022.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
I hope people can remember and appreciate the true value of music, through the sincerity of my music.