Neu Get To Know… Kurtis Wells

His debut EP landed today!

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.

Recently we’ve met Brighton seven-piece KEG, Saddest Factory Records signee Sloppy Jane, iann dior, Canadian newcomer Abby Sage, and now we’re introducing you to Berlin-based Kurtis Wells.

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.


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