Kah-Lo on creating with Riton & coming back to Australia
RITON & KAH-LO headed to Australia for the first time as a duo last year for Splendour In The Grass and a couple of other shows around town too. Since then, they’ve had a mammoth couple of months, popping out their debut record together, Foreign Ororo.
Blending Riton‘s exceptional eye for creating lasting electronic music and Kah-Lo‘s effortless energy in songwriting and performing, the record sees the duo pushing each other out of their comfort zones – and with impeccable results too. The record is teeming with a whole bunch of singles that have been absolutely rinsed across Australia, including the Grammmy-nominated ‘Rinse & Repeat’, ‘Fake ID’, ‘Ginger’ and ‘Fasta’.
The duo have just announced and dropped a new single, ‘Bad Boy’ which features on the record too. This track also came with the announcement that the duo are going to be gracing our shores yet again this month, with shows kicking off in Melbourne on the 7th of February.
Ahead of their highly anticipated time back here, we sent a couple of questions over to Kah-Lo to see where her head’s at and what she’s excited for upon returning to Australia.
Hey Kah-Lo, thanks for chatting with us! How did the Kah-Lo project begin?
I became Kah-Lo right after uni when I realized I had to give music my all or it was going to be nothing.
How did you and Riton first come together?
We met on Twitter, and finally met in person a few months later. He’s a really nice guy.
Congratulations on the release of your debut record together! What did you learn through this process?
Definitely a lot of patience. The process is a lot to take in.
What’s most exciting, I think, about you both as a duo is where your musical careers began. Riton’s been creating dance music for over 20 years, and you began making music back home in Lagos and have since taken your music to New York and beyond. Despite your different histories, your coming together feels organic. What would you say you’ve learned about your own music through working so closely with somebody else?
I would say that there are no silly ideas. It sounds a bit cliche, but there is beauty in every idea. One just has to see it, and it’s nice when the person you’re working with sees it when you might not sometimes.
Have you been getting the chance to work on your own music outside of your work with Riton?
Yes, I’m working on my solo release right now
You were both here last for Splendour In The Grass back in July last year, just before the release of the record. Now that the record is out, are you excited to come back and perform it?
For sure, because now everyone can sing along.
Has the way you approach your live show changed much since you’ve put the record out?
Not really, because we’ve been performing the album. People just didn’t know the songs off of it.
Aussies cannot get enough of you guys! Your full-length record houses a bunch of singles that have been absolutely rinsed across Australian stages & radio waves for a while now. How does it feel knowing you’re coming back to such a positive reception already?
It’s amazing, because last time we weren’t quite expecting the reception that we got. But this time we are fully ready and ready to rock out.
Photo by David Vassalli
Interview by CAITLIN MEDCALF