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August 3, 2016

From NYC to ADL with Kilo Kish

Kilo Kish is coming to Adelaide. If you don't know who she is, be prepared for that to change.

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  • Words: Sharmonie Cockayne

Kilo Kish (real name: Lakisha Robinson) transcends industries and titles.

She’s a multi-faceted creative person who is a little like Solange Knowles, except younger and not the sister of Beyoncé. She’s a designer, an artist, a person of influence, but is best known for her experimental R&B music, which is what brings her to Adelaide.


Kilo Kish will perform at Rocket Bar on Saturday, September 10. Tickets are available via Moshtix.

Touring her debut album Reflections in Real Time, Kish will be performing on Rocket Bar’s stage this September as part of her four-stop Australian tour.


Before she was known as a multifaceted artist, Kish was an Instagram fashion icon, but walked away from her “manufactured” life on social media to focus on her life in real time as an artist. The album takes an introspective look at her thoughts and feelings around the time that she made that decision.

“I gathered a lot of other materials and stuff from my journals over the last couple of years and stuff from my phone that I just sort of jot down all the time… It just kind of reflects my sentiments over the past two to three years,” says Kish.

“The album was a self discussion for me, and through it I feel a lot… weirdly in a corny way, it was kind of like therapy. I feel a lot better afterwards.”

A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Kish’s multifarious talents can be seen through the materials that support the album. She does all of her own website development, flyers, graphic design, Instagram, you name it. Outside of music, her output is also prolific and diverse – a collaboration with Maison Kitsuné resulted in a capsule collection, she has her own lifestyle brand, Kisha, and luxury clothing line, Lakisha, and she’s a maker and exhibitor of fine art.

Despite all that, Kish seems laid back about the many demands on her time.

“I’m still trying to learn at the moment. I have so many different schedule books and notebooks. I’m an extremely organised person, so over the last couple of years I’ve really tried to let things just be as they are.  I’m a little better but…”

Kish laughs again.

“It’s a work in progress.”

So far, Kish has only performed the album about five times, so she says that to perform it remains a nerve-wracking experience.

“It’s still scary to perform those songs to people because they’re… it’s not like they’re a bunch of party songs, you know?” says Kish.

“When it comes to complete strangers watching it, or fans or critics or whatever else, it starts to get kind of funny. It’s like one thing for people to listen to it at home where you don’t see them listen to it, and then another when they’re in front of your face listening to it. It’s a really interesting experience.”

The Australian tour will be special for Kish, because those shows will be the first time that Kish and her band will be able put time into rehearsing and making the performance meaningful to each member.

“It’s still kind of scary,” she says, “but it’s nice.” And it sounds like it will be more than nice for those who go and see her perform.

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