Lapsley, Mia Wray
Christina Aguilera, Vera Blue, Billie Eilish, John Newman , Anne-Marie, Opiou, Lauryn Hill
Power vocalist KIIT WATTS is a queer kombucha chuggin' social activist and multi-instrumentalist, delivering alternative electronic pop with integrity and laidback intensity.
KIIT started writing, performing and managing blues/folk band The Blue Ruins in 2012. The trio toured Australia up until 2015, playing over 500 shows including; Byron Bay Blues Festival, Thredbo Blues Festival, Party in the Paddock and has opened for the likes of Josh Pyke, Lior and Kim Churchill.
In late 2014, KIIT WATTS signed with Marshmallow Pavements Records with whom she released two singles under. ‘Goodbye’, released in June 2015 shot her into the ears of Triple J presenter Richard Kingsmill. After being premiered on his show, the guitar heavy, deep soul track went on to gain #4 on the AMRAP charts and hold the #1 position on the Triple J Unearthed charts for 3 weeks. ‘How Hard’, released in February 2016 grabbed Dom Alessio’s attention and the emotion driven anthem was premiered by Dom Alessio. How Hard went on to receive multiple spot plays on Triple J and reach #3 on AMRAP charts.
After the release of ‘How Hard’ KIIT disappeared, delving into a personal quest to rediscover herself. She made an intentional deviation from music.
“I became a teacher in a Youth Justice Precinct where I developed PTSD and became heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol. I was eventually thrown into the depths of my very own hell, but hell is where my creativity is born, so I wrote. I sat at my piano and howled through my pain, I screamed in agony and I let the words tumble out of my darkness. I recreated myself. I had to die in order to become what I desired”
2021 will see new music that has been sitting dormant for over 3 years. Produced by ARIA nominated producer Mohammad Komba, the first 3 singles to be released in The New Era are the stories that began the opening of KIIT's hell. Stories of loss, grief, abandonment and drugs. A part of her life that has been hidden for too long.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.