It’s been a busy year for York’s very own RnB princess: Kymberley Kennedy. When she’s not taking over the BBC’s Maida Vale studio, she’s been performing alongside legends such as Morcheeba and Tricky, and she’s still had time to record and release a 12-track mixtape. We caught up with Kymberley to talk dream headliners, her first experience of Nando’s and her York favourites.
Your free 12 track ‘mixtape’ is out now. For anyone who hasn’t heard it, how would you describe it?
Cycles is about love, sex, regret and sorrow. I wrote it in the space of about 6 months in my home studio and I think it has elements of RnB, Soul and Pop. I think it’s quite a baroque mixtape and is very relationship oriented. I’m really happy that it’s been compared to BANKS, Delilah, Portishead and other strong females in the music industry. It’s a real compliment.
You headed down to Maida Vale to do a live session with BBC 1xtra in June, how was the experience?
It was amazing! Everybody was so professional, a real pro at their craft with a true passion for getting the best out of my band and I. The encouragement we received was wonderful. It was awesome to see CJ Beatz from BBC Radio 1Xtra again; I met him a few years ago and he took me for my first experience at Nando’s. Literally everything about that day was awesome, from the recording session to the inevitable tour of Maida Vale Studios.
How would you describe the York music scene at the moment?
I think the York music scene has always been pretty good. I like the diversity that I’ve been seeing lately. We’ve got a bit of everything in York, it seems, from acoustic sessions and open mic nights to headline DJs gigs and various bands/ acts performing indie/ RnB/ electronic music. In York I have met and seen Beardyman perform and I’ll have the honour of playing at a show on September 12th with Krafty Kuts and Grinny Grandad, both whom I’ve worked with before.
Kymberley Kennedy will be performing with Krafty Kuts and Grinny Grandad at Fibbers on Friday 12 September 2014 at 7:30pm
Download Cycles for free at Kymberley’s website