- Words Cleo Webster
Following the release of his new single "Waiting", we get to know Australia's newest free flowing artist, whilst unfolding this week's Internet Crush.
Travelling far and wide across indigenous countries with his musical father as a child, rising star Kian is no stranger to the music scene. Surrounded by artists, musicians and rappers all throughout his childhood, the musician decided to create his own neo-spiritual, alternative indie sound to bring to our airwaves. Making his mark in the spotlight, Kian rose to fame from his killer chorus on Baker Boy’s debut track “Cloud 9″ back in May 2016, and since then he shows no signs on waiting when it comes down to his musical journey.
Since being awarded the Unearthed High Competition in Australia, hosted by International Tastemaker Triple J, Kian has boomed his way further up in the scene, and was recently named as one of I-D Australia’s ‘Class of 2018’, and ‘Artist of the Week’ by Apple Music. With over 23 million streams on Spotify alone and 2 million monthly listeners following the release of his latest single “Waiting”, Kian has been deservedly selected to open the stage for Jorja Smith and perform at The Great Escape Festival 2019.
Luckily, we get a chance to sit down and unfold with the Aussie himself as our latest Internet Crush feature.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I tend to remember most of my dreams but they are always super weird and abstract, in one of my last dreams I was laying in a paddock of flowers watching a bird chase a dog in the sky.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
I’ve come pretty close to drowning a few times.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
There’s always been music in my life, from my mum singing to me as a small child to being at my dads hip hop events I’ve got no idea what my first memory of music would be all I can say is that I can’t remember being without it.
What’s your star sign? (and are you a typical *whatever your sign is*?)
I was born on the 14th of July so my star sign is Cancer, (according to my oldest sister) we are very chill but also sensitive and keep all our emotions in. I’d say that’s a pretty accurate description of how I am but luckily I can write songs to get things out.
When was the first time you had your heart broken? (who by? how did it feel? what did you do?)
I feel like I’m too young to have really been heartbroken before and understand what it feels like.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
I cant remember ever having one to be honest.
"Waiting" by Kian
Who was your first celebrity crush?
I can’t remember ever having one, to be honest.
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
One thing would be that I really hate beach sand, it just ends up everywhere and stuck to everything.
What would your biography be called?
It would be called “Thank you for spending $20”.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
The first song I ever wrote, funnily enough, was called Waiting.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
It was told to me quite recently, they said that I should just stay true to my vision and make sure I have the right people around me.
What has been your biggest achievement?
Probably winning the triple j Unearthed High comp as it has helped propel me forward into my career.
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
I couldn’t think of one sorry.
How was high school?
Who is the most famous person in your DMs?
I honestly wouldn’t have a clue.
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
A family meeting.
What’s a lie you’ve told and what was the fallout?
I told my parents I had finished writing the answers to these questions but they now know I haven’t and I’ve found myself here late at night trying to remember a lie I’ve once told.
Which superpower would you most like to have, and why?
Teleportation, imagine all the awkward situations you could dip out of.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Probably Channel Orange by Frank Ocean, it changed my whole way of looking at music and I realised the emotion isn’t just shifted and portrayed through voice and lyrics but also through the sonics too.
When was the last time you cried and why?
I thought boys don’t cry but anyways It was a pretty raw ordeal, I was chopping onions.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
Sorry, it’s private.