A K U A

A K U A

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSoul

A K U A

Ingredients:
1/4 cups -Soul
1/4 cup- Pop Influence
1/2 cup -Indie (could be substituted with 'Alternative')
-Rhythm & Blues (to taste)
-Stir and Garnish with ambient synth

Biography

"Montreal-based A K U A is a newcomer to the music scene, who has hit the ground running displaying a versatility in her sound that is hard to come by" – EARMILK.com

With emotion and texture at the center of her songwriting there’s reason A K U A’s music has been so warmly received by the few that have happened upon it: it’s real and it’s raw. 

Having already sparked musical comparisons to Rhye and Jessie Ware, and having opened for established acts such as Solange and Cody ChesnuTT, it’s safe to say that A K U A’s career as an unsigned solo artist is off to a promising start.

While her introduction to live music began as a timid backup singer during university, deep down, A K U A had her heart set on a solo project from the moment she stepped on stage. Yet it would take hours of tinkering alone in her bedroom and a brief (but weird) stint singing at a luxury Middle Eastern hotel-bar for A K U A to overcome her self-doubt and hash-out the unique sound she's come to possess. 

Deciding early on to defy the conventional mold of “singer-songwriter,” A K U A took an interest in music production right away, spending hours dabbling in production software, loop pedals and vocal effects.

What emerged from this musical exploration was a variety of raw and deeply personal songs and soundscapes which A K U A would further develop with the help of producers & multi-instrumentalists Andy Bauer (of Twin Shadow) & Martin Rodriguez. 

A K U A has managed to translate her sonic ecclectism to the live stage; impressively commanding a synth and controller while at the same time, delivering vocals which stand out amongst the instrumentals and cut straight-through to the soul.

While 2012 marked a series of warmly received live performances at NXNE, Pop Montreal , CMW and Tinderbox Music Festival, 2013 welcomed the anticipated release of her debut EP ‘One’s Company,’ which quickly caught the attention of online tastemakers at Pigeons & Planes, Okayplayer, MTV Iggy, Exclaim!, Yours Truly, IndieShuffle and Earmilk.

“You have heard it all before, as there are many who are attempting this particular sound, but A K U A is one in a million doing things her unique and eclectic way, and it’s reason why this singer-songwriter is one to keep and eye and ear out for.” –SOULBOUNCE.com

With an exciting first year behind her, A K U A will be touring her EP while working on a collection of new recorded works.

Discography

One's Company -EP
June 4, 2013
Self-Released

Gravity
Official Music Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Iq4Q93wYoI