Melbourne-based artist Kinkora makes a grand entrance with the release of her glittery debut single ‘Set Me Free‘. Laced with various elements of Disco, R&B, Soul and Pop, the record offers bouncy melodies, driving bass, playful synths and reverberant guitars.
Thematically, ‘Set Me Free‘ explores the sentiment of being in a relationship with someone who you know isn’t good for you. It captures the feeling of toxicity in a helpless kind of love that keeps pulling you back in.
Accompanying the single is a highly entertaining music video, which sees a flash mob hijack a series of Zoom conversations – and the participants’ surprised reaction are hilarious.
WATCH THE VISUALS BELOW!
Prior to the release of ‘Set Me Free‘, TLF managed to link up with Kinkora to chat about her influences, the new single, the process behind bringing the visuals to life, COVID-19, and more!
Check out the full interview below:
For those who are unfamiliar, who is Kinkora?
I’m an R&B, Disco and Soul-inspired Pop artist and I make music at home in my bedroom! I collaborate with different producers but do all my writing and vocal recordings myself.
Where does your passion for music come from and who are some of your favourite artists?
I’ve always loved creating music – it’s just something that is a part of who I am. I’m not from a musical family or anything, but as a kid I would secretly write songs in my room and practice singing by copying artists like Boys II Men and Alicia Keys.
Some of my favourite artists include Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Amy Winehouse and Lianne La Havas. I’m also super into musical soundtracks (I have had Hamilton on repeat for months!)
Congrats on releasing your debut single! What does ‘Set Me Free‘ mean to you?
Thank you so much! This record actually represents the start of a new chapter for me – I’ve been working really hard for the past few years on my music, on myself and on the direction I want to take. It’s been a really challenging but rewarding time and so I’m super excited to finally be releasing music into the world!
The visuals are also amazing! Tell us about the process of bringing it together?
Omg thank you! It was quite a process to put together that’s for sure!
I thought the idea to crash Zoom meetings with a flash mob might be a fun way to spice up people’s lockdown and bring a bit of joy. After an attempt at choreography, I quickly remembered that I can’t dance (haha) so I had an amazing choreographer, Ashleigh Kiven, put together the piece and send out a video to each of the dancers to learn. Apart from Ash, none of us were professional dancers so it had to be something relatively simple!
I then got the host of each Zoom meeting to secretly send me the meeting ID (so there was only one person in each Zoom meeting that knew what was going to happen!). On the day of each flash mob, we had a group chat for the dancers so we could send signals letting everyone know when exactly to enter each meeting! We filmed the whole thing live and so people really did keep appearing as the song went on.
Have these strange times been affecting your creative process?
Definitely. I have actually been finding it quite difficult to continue to make music during this time. I’m pretty sensitive to stress and anxiety and there has just been so much going on!
What are you most excited for once the lockdown restrictions are lifted?
That’s such a good question – I almost don’t remember what life was like before! Just being able to go outside for more than 1 hour a day and to be able to catch up with people in person will be really exciting!
If you could choose one person to collaborate with, who would it be?
There are so many people I’d love to work with – can I go with two?! I’d love to collaborate with Julia Michaels or Esther Dean – they are both such incredible songwriters and artists.
What else can fans expect to see from you in the future?
I’m going to be releasing heaps of new songs and videos over the next 6 months 🙂 I can’t wait to get all the material I have been working on out there!
~ Timothy Thorpe