KIAN burst into the hearts and minds of Australia after winning last year’s triple j Unearthed High competition. He further cemented his arrival with #20 spot in triple j’s 2018 Hottest 100 for his breakout track ‘WAITING’, included on forthcoming EP, Bliss.
Bliss isn’t just the title track of Kian’s debut EP. It’s the lens through which this fresh global talent sees the world.
Eked out on acoustic guitar in his bedroom, Bliss captures the reality of being a young person making their way in this complicated world. And while it grapples with some heavy subjects, it’s hard to go past the inspiring message at the song’s core: it’s okay to be vulnerable, it’s okay for boys to cry.
In the time since Unearthed High, Kian has signed with EMI Music Australia and Republic Records internationally, participated in the prestigious Bali Songwriting Invitational, performed nationally at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, and is about to head off to the UK and Europe for The Great Escape Festival and shows in support of pop influencer Conan Gray.
He has chalked up an incredible array of stats for a newcomer - including most played Australian artist in the first quarter of this year (Source: The Music Network) and #1 most streamed artist (Australian and International) in the country through April.
He appears in a recent Billboard Magazine feature showcasing some of the world’s up and coming music stars, and is about to embark on stint of live touring – following his UK and
Europe shows he heads to Adelaide’s Spin Off Festival and Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay, before embarking on his own headline tour dates.
The release of the Bliss EP is the next step in Kian’s journey. It features Waiting and follow-up single Childism, which was born from a lo-fi beat discovered on YouTube. It also shows a
different side to Kian. Reminiscence is a dreamy soundscape with spoken-word vocals that Kian mixed himself; Summer Insecurity explores themes of solitude over lush R&B beats; while closing track Telephone playfully incorporates samples and skits.
“As much as I have a sense of seriousness in my music,” he explains. “I think it’s fun to show people another side of my character.”
It’s all about balance, he says. “That’s what bliss is. Happiness can also bring sadness. It’s abalance, and there’ll always be balance in the world.”