Kadhja Bonet (Kad-yah Bo-nay) from Los Angeles is one of our favorite recently discovered singer-songwriter figures. Her debut single “Tears For Lamont” starts off with powerful orchestration (strings, horns and some flute) and almost sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. Her angelic voice and songwriting skills are simply unreal.
In October 2014 Kadhja was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo. All of their hard work in the studio was captured and is now available for free download on the Various Assets compilation. Together with German producer rj and Mark Maxwell (aka Estii / Yale) from Australia, Kadhja made a heart-stopping song called “Latenight Munchies”.
Since we were dying to know more about Kadhja Bonet, we figured we’d ask her some questions in an effort to get to know her a little better. Please enjoy this interview and find out more about Kadhja for yourself.
Would you like to give a short introduction as to who Kadhja Bonet is and what your background is?
How to be brief – I am someone who was continuously derailed from my intentional careers until the universe pushed me into music, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Initially I was going to University to be a competitive runner, then I tore my Achilles and changed course to film school where I discovered how much I hate making movies…. I turned to music for comfort and immediate creative gratification and I never looked back.
If you had to describe your style of music, how would you word it?
I want to make music that makes you feel like you’re eating coconut cream pies while walking through a lush field full of cow poo.
Which artists have you been listening to lately and who should we all have in our playlist/favorites according to you?
I try to keep my head out of what’s happening now, but the ladies in KING, and Coco from Quadron always hold it down for me. Nick Hakim’s voice can do no wrong.
What was your first reaction when you got accepted to RBMA and would you like to share the most memorable moments while you were in Tokyo?
I was at work, and I read the email on my phone and immediately started jumping up and down and making a bunch of noise. My client just started screaming with me and said, “I don’t know why we’re screaming but I’m so happy for you!” That was awesome haha. Best moments of Tokyo?? The whole thing was great, but I dancing to save your life at 5 am in the tiniest grimey dive bars with people from all over the world is pretty irreplaceable. Also the last night, when we all drank sake and listened to everyone’s collabs and got all teary.
The song “Latenight Munchies” is seriously one of the best tracks on the Various Assets compilation. How did you three come together and is that playing the flute?
I do play some flute on my songs but actually this is not me playing that riff! One of the other ladies in the term was walking by with her flute and RJ flagged her down and she was in and out of the room in 30 seconds. I am playing that one repetitive violin note though haha. I was determined to finish this song because I guess you could say I’m kind of a sensitive type – it’s hard for me to just open up creatively to people I don’t know. So it took almost the whole two weeks just to get comfortable enough with a couple people to squeeze something out. RJ and Mark were really patient with me. It definitely felt like a scramble to get this finished in time.
That brings me to our next question. Do you play any instruments?
I grew up playing violin and viola, so all my ear training etc has been under the foundation of classical music, and i always wish I had some jazz training, but I don’t. I play basic flute, I can get the job done, and guitar is my primary writing tool. I’m really hoping to up my instrument game in 2015.
What do you have in store for us in 2015 and where can we find more of your music (now or in the future)?
I will be putting out another single, scheduled Feb. 4th from my solo project. I am doing my best to put out 2 singles, an EP in the Spring and a full album sometime in 2015 – and you can get caught up on my soundcloud. I have another project that we just finished an EP for, experimental Electronic R&b, and I really don’t know at this time when that’s coming out… but I’ll be sure to let you know!
Wingman Migamo aka Mike Gao has been crushing it lately! Not only when it comes to Asian cuties, but also with highly original sounds and patterns.
First two seconds I met Migamo, I knew he was a total geek. But then again who in music isn’t? His “Migamo” album on Daddy Kev’s Alpha Pup label contains some highly experimental, yet mind-bending beats. You will also find some interesting guest appearances from Mr. Carmack, Elaquent, Teklun, eLan, Go Yamma and Allie Moves.
Usually an intermission is a recess between parts of a performance, but in Beldina‘s case the “Intermission” EP is a break into her next chapter.
The foxy fly singer from Stockholm, now residing in Los Angeles, may look like a vixen but she sings like an angel. Yesterday she celebrated the release of her EP on Kiss Kiss Records. This beautiful creature called in the help of Bay Area/LA funkster B. Bravo and asked him to concoct a breezy tropical remix for her track called “Ocean“. We are very happy to announce it’s available for free download and Beldina’s EP is now available on iTunes.
So new Hiphop sensation Jay Prince has raised the bar again. Clearly inspired by nineties groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Souls of Mischief.
This 21-year-old rapper from London releases his “BeFor Our Time” EP today with productions mainly from our German homey IAMNOBODI and Jay Prince himself. Other producers on there are Mozaic, Jordan James and Richie Saps. Thankfully this is not another Trap Rap album…sh*t is Hiphop. I enjoy the balance on BeFor Our Time and for me it’s just right. Reminiscent of the early sounds of the nineties, without sounding outdated at all. This is what Hiphop should sound like in 2015!
Moovmnt Guest Mix 14 was created by one of my favorite Soulection DJ’s (ever). The ever so blunted cutie pie miss Kronika.
This Philippina DJ from Los Angeles has been reppin’ the Soulection team since day one. And I’m glad she took some time out of her busy schedule to create a wonderful mix for us/you. Now I’ve known Kronika for a while and am happy to call her a friend. She has collected music from all over the globe and even got some Dutch producers in the mix (I see that Singularis track and Jeftuz remix).
I’m very grateful to have music selectors like Angel (better know as Kronika) as friends and can’t wait to meet her later this year when I visit Los Angeles once more. Check out her Soundcloud page if you wasn’t doing so yet.
The past few months we’ve been closely involved with Miki, because we’re really feeling her style. When El. Train hit her up to lace some vocals for his upcoming “Somewhere Between” EP, we didn’t expect this to happen though. This song has quickly become my personal favorite song from Miki Rose in a short amount of time and I’m very sure it will become an all time favorite of yours too!
British/Jamaican singer Danderson is the other vocalist on this project and Brasstracks collaborates too. On the remix duty we find two Dutch producers, who are no strangers to us. Jengibeats turns Control into something totally different, but in a good way. And I trust that Rotterdam funksta Trian Kayhatu brings his funkiest stuff to the table as well. Unfortunately we haven’t heard all the tracks, but we will soon. Lastly JNTHN STEIN delivers the 3rd and final remix for this project bringing this release full circle.
It is our pleasure to premiere the first track and be able to provide a free download as well! The EP comes out January 11th and will be the first release on Shimmy Records. It was created as a way to spotlight some of El. Train’s favorite artists as he looks to incorporate original vocals into his productions. Dropping soon..
My man Marcel, who is the driving force behind INFINIT, is a super cool fella from Dusseldorf who visits Amsterdam from time to time. We kicked it a couple of times, had some great coffee and talked a lot of music.
For his new “WAVES” compilation, he has collected tracks from 17 different producers including IAMNOBODI, Haan808, Nehzuil, AbJo and SevnthWonder. Besides these quite known producers, there is also plenty of room for up-and-coming cats such as DTWEEZER, Tibe and Boulevard 95. Make sure you discover each and every one.
This action-packed compilation is entirely free, so get your download on and show some INFINIT love.
One of my (and Lefto’s) favorite Dutch producers at this point of time is Trian Kayhatu. The Jakarta-born producer is on some next level sh*t and represents the city of Rotterdam. It is with pleasure that we inform you his brand new collaboration, entitled “2 5 6 1“, featuring Chloe Martini on vocals who is practically his sister (direct quote). While getting the hang of Ableton, Trian Kayhatu decided to share his creation and to make it available for free download on his Facebook fan page only. Get ready for lots more Funk music from Trian and his Butufunk band in 2015.
The yung homie Tek.lun from Baltimore, Maryland made his debut guest appearance on the very first HW&W compilation. Earlier this year his “Ridin’ Round” beat tape was released and it sounds iller than ill. It was made to bump in your whip late night, driving around smoking some of that sticky icky stuff.
It is with pleasure that we welcome the return of Tek.lun in the form of “The GreenBox” EP. On it he calls in a little help from the newest addition to team Huh What And Where, who goes by the name of Gravez. This release consists of four dope tracks for your listening pleasure. And good news! They have all been made available for free download, so start pushing some buttons!
The enchanting miss Sojuju from the Netherlands has been on our radar for a hot minute. This young lady has gathered a collection of heartfelt and touching songs and carefully crafted them into 34 minutes of bliss. It is with great pleasure that we present to you Moovmnt Guest Mix 12. Mixed and selected by young lady Sojuju who represents the Flow-Fi collective.
Strangely Sojuju is the very first female guest DJ we have ever had. I guess this series needed a feminine touch and perhaps the next guest mix will be by the hands of another lady. What’s up Kronika? Are you game?
Kick back and enjoy this lovely guest mix. A special thanks goes out to Duktus for droppin’ some good looking artwork once more. If you like what you hear, please hit the repost button and grab a free download to maximize the fun.