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The UK’S Most Sought After Producer and Coveted DJ: KISSY SELL OUT DEBUTS LIVE US PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR’S SXSW!

The UK’S Most Sought After Producer and Coveted DJ: KISSY SELL OUT DEBUTS LIVE US PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR’S SXSW!

Kissy Sell Out is an electro-pop musical prodigy. Initially the new DJ kid on the block, he has earned his reputation by becoming the remixer-du-jour for a smattering of celebrated artists ranging from Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Datarock, Chromeo and Dragonette, to Groove Armada and Gwen Stefani. Currently, Kissy Sell Out is setting his sights stateside as he prepares to unleash his band’s debut US performance at this year’s SXSW in Austin. And coupled with the greatly anticipated release of “Youth,” the debut recording on his own San City High label this Spring, Kissy Sell Out has an exciting season ahead!

Big news indeed for this talented maestro and BBC Radio 1’s most coveted DJ, whose unique brand of electro-grunge was initially introduced in 2006 with his debut single “Her” (released on the London-based independent label Lavolta, having been championed by Rough Trade). For Kissy Sell Out, this was the first, most exemplary reflection of how he pulls inspiration from a myriad of musical influences including Nirvana and Mylo, to Felix Da Housecat and SWANS, one of Kissy Sell Out’s personal favorites…

Kissy Sellout will have a jam-packed week at SXSW, with many exciting gigs that surely cannot be missed! Kicking off at the next series of Pete Tong’s “Insider’s Showcase” at La Zona Rosa, Kissy Sell Out will be sharing the bill with exciting acts like Late of the Pier, Booka Shade, Deadmau5, Lazarus, Rye Rye, and Pete Tong himself on Wednesday March 18th. Following up with the Canvas Noise Problem Party, a DJ set at the infamous and exclusive 508 House then closing off the week with 2 live shows – once again at La Zona Rosa and Pure Volume Party. The DJ set showcase promises to be as diverse and eclectic as the band itself!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Diving deeper into the diverse assortment of musical influences resonant throughout the works of Kissy Sell Out, he greatly prides himself on pulling influences from all over the map. Initially inspired by the grunge-rock appeal of 90’s rock trio Nirvana, Kissy Sell Out’s transition from just an ordinary three-piece band to the world of electronic music was a natural progression, building his outfit on the ethos of soundscapes influenced by live performances of Mark Ronson and Spank Rock.

Acknowledging the importance of the praise that his manical, music eclecticism has earned, Kissy plays many roles throughout his musical projects. Heading the band, playing a myriad of instruments, Kissy writes and arranges his own material while additionally singing and performing on both the guitar and keytar. But not all credit can be amounted to Kissy alone: Aicha, on drums, holds a history of recording and playing with artists such as Craig David and Frankmusic. A trained pianist and singer, Aicha transcends all boundaries of typical drummer stereotypes with her diverse creative techniques, juggling between acoustic and electronic percussion, and utilizing electronic pads and MIDI controls. Danimal Kingdom, who additionally shares a hand in Kissy Sell Out’s live and writing processes, is the former vocalist of Bolt Action Five whose strong, distinctive vox have previously been heard on tracks released on both So Sweet and the fresh London-town label Lost in Paris.

You can expect to hear hints of Human League synths, Cure-esque vocals with a twist of cheeky pop, and an injection of Sonic Youth – but Kissy’s inimitable electronic mash-up style ultimately polishes off the final product. Throughout his masterpieces, “tempos fluctuate, arrangements come with added surprise, vocals persuade, tease and engage the ears, the lyrical content carries a warm nostalgia, and the instruments range from jigilicious strings to full-cocked guitars via his trademark vibrate synth style” (IDJ Magazine). However, equally ambitious as it is bold, this is a natural progression for Kissy Sell Out.

Kissy is a man of fervent obsessions of which music is the greatest, and his band will undoubtedly be the most innovate and exciting act to explode out of the UK this year.

KISSY SELL OUT AT SXSW 2009
03/18 – “Insiders Showcase” at La Zona Rosa w/ Late of The Pier, Booka Shade, Deadmau5, Damian Lazarus, Rye Rye, and Pete Tong! – 7.15pm LIVE
03/19 – Noise Problem Party at Can tbc vas 8.45pm LIVE
03/20 – 508 House DJ set 7.30PM
03/21 – La Zona Rosa – LIVE 7.50PM
03/21 – 22 – Pure Volume Party – LIVE – 3:00am

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