Capitol K

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Capitol K Biography

A true citizen of the world; born in Malta and raised in various disparate locales - such as Dubai, Brunei, and England, Kristian Robinson channels his respect for, and experience with different musical traditions into the creation of a unique hybrid of lo-fi rock, electronica and pop, under the moniker of Capitol K. With everything from Chinese pop to the marching band music of the United Arab Emirates in his early musical vocabulary, the influence of punk, grunge and noisecore collided to create an interestingly new music. Eventually settling in London because of the creative climate and opportunities available to him for exploring his musical muse, Robinson was soon making four-track sound collages and passing tapes of his music around town, one of which fell into the hands of Mike Paradinas of Planet Mu.

His studio experimentation gave birth to his debut album 'Sounds of the Empire', a largely electronic, critically-acclaimed album built upon a heady balance of samples and live sources that placed Capitol K at the forefront of the UK's electronic scene. The follow-up, 2002's Island Row, took inspiration from the musical conceptualisation of people and places from Robinson's past, as he sampled sounds from his childhood for another layer in his complex arrangements. Further still Capitol K's single 'Pillow' became Radio 1's single of the week, helping to cement his pop credentials.

K has also gained a reputation for being a captivating live performer, recreating the sprawl of his albums with a mix of live and sampled sources; performing internationally at various venues and festivals, including Sonar (Barcelona), Pompidou Centre (Paris), Autumn Tiger Festival (Taiwan).

The expansion of the live element into a four-piece band led to the third album 'Happy Happy', an off-the-wall pop album released world-wide through Kristian's own independent label 'Faith & Industry'. Indeed the label's previous releases include Patrick Wolf's 'Lycanthropy', which has a sound that owes a great deal to the years spent inside the Capitol K studio.

2005 Capitol K, provided another wonderful, culturally diverse opus with his fourth studio album, 'Nomad Junk'. a post-modern journey of playful and melodic pop juxtaposed with a global urban environment backdrop - a heady brew of original found sound footage from Tokyo, Taipei, Barcelona, London and Hong Kong produced a dramatic collage of East meets West with a global magpie's eye. Nomad Junk made No 7 in Mojos top Dance / ellectronica albums of the year.

Kristian has spent much of the last 2 years playing guitars and laptop with Brazilian singer Cibelle (Crammed Discs), playing hundreds of show around the world performing at many prestigious festivals such as Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Tropicalia festival at London's Barbican (with Tom Ze)

K is currently working as a resident engineer / producer in a vintage recording studio nestled on a Island of the river Thames. Co-producing tracks for Serafina Steer's debut "Cheap Demo, Bad Science" (Static Caravan)

Aside all this, economics of being a musician has led to a prolonged period of homelessness, Kristian has set up various make shift recording studios in Squats in London. Investigating concepts of the urban Nomad and psycho Geographer, creating momentary libertainia has become the inspiration for much off the new material in progress.

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15th September 2008

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