The Real Ding
GET TO KNOW: Kindur
Photo: Sam Hayat
After spending the last few years building and developing a wonderfully inventive direction, Manchester-based artist and producer Chris Durkin now launches his Kindur project to unveil the shimmering new single 'I Could Be Happy'.
Teaming up with vocalist ARCANA for the release, 'I Could Be Happy' makes for a rousing introduction to his latest venture. Brimming with warm and effervescent textures and inventive production throughout, he is certainly looking to turn some head with this one.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
I’d say the first band I was really obsessed with was Muse. I grew up playing the guitar and loved playing along to Knights in Cydonia, Stockholm Syndrome, Plug in Baby. Everything about the music was captivating, it was dark, cinematic and epic.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I formed a duo with my best friend and we made EDM music. The music was absolutely terrible, but we loved the process.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
For me, it’s almost like therapy. I've known for as long as I can remember that I wanted to be in the music industry, and as an introvert, I really enjoy being able to spend time alone and get lost in the creative process. When I’m writing with other people, it’s just such an incredible way to connect, you walk into the room as strangers and leave as best friends.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. It’s been covered so many times and my personal favourite is by Grace Carter. It’s so simple but haunting.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Probably becoming a Vodafone Future Breaker. I submitted a song for the competition and forgot about it. I got a call saying I'd been picked as the next Future Breaker and that I'd been invited down to the Capital Radio studios in London to perform a 20 minute DJ set.
This was a turning point for me, I had the realisation that people actually resonate with my music and that I could do this as a career.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Lewis Capaldi, just because I think it would be hilarious.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
There are so many… I’d love to work with BANKS as she’s a huge inspiration for me in terms of her sound.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully, successfully releasing music under my new artist moniker ‘Kindur’. I produce music for other artists too, so it would be amazing if I’d be working with the likes of BANKS.
Kindur's new single 'I Could Be Happy' is available to stream now. Check it out below.