Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Pop


band members

Kito


Website

www.instagram.com/kito/

Bio

Maaike Kito Lebbing (her producer alias is also her middle name) grew up in the remote seaside town of Denmark, Australia—five hours south of Perth. She’d been obsessed with music as long as she can remember, inheriting an eclectic taste passed down from her older siblings: Michael Jackson and Madonna tapes coexisted with DJ Shadow and Aphex Twin. As a teen she worked at a record store, DJ’d house parties and was a regular presence at local raves. Meanwhile, a copy of Fruity Loops gave Kito her earliest production lessons, and she threw herself into dance music nerd culture via online forums, staying up all night waiting for rare record releases.

But it was a 2008 trip to Europe, intended as a couple months but ultimately stretching into a full year, that inspired Kito to take production seriously as a career path. “I spent lots of time in clubs in London, and it was like a whole world I hadn’t discovered,” she recalls, citing Burial and the UK post-dubstep and bass scene flourishing at the time as a turning point.

After relocating to London full time in 2011, Kito released EPs on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz and Diplo’s Mad Decent, and became a highly sought after producer in her own right—from being sampled by Big Boi to an official remix of Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).
The next few years saw her producing for the next wave of pop royalty including Mabel and Jorja Smith, as heard on “The One” featured on Smith’s debut album Lost & Found.

Kito’s production catalog doubles as a lovingly curated tour through the past decade of electronic music; her latest and most ambitious project, HAANI, translates those influences into collaborative anthems on the far edge of pop—the culmination of years of honing her production skills.

Review

Strawberries (feat. Elley D...

Kito

Review by Lucy Smith Lucy Smith

20 Sep 2018

Triple J
45

Raising strawberries' reputation in the midst of their sabotage. Incredibly slick production and layering - something new grabs my attention with each listen.

Raising strawberries' reputation in the midst of their sabotage. Incredibly slick production and layering - something new grabs my attention with each listen.

Review

Strawberries (feat. Elley D...

Kito

Review by The Aston Shuffle The Aston Shuffle

19 Sep 2018

Triple J
50

Love you KITO!!!! One of the best producers in the game! you gonna take over

Love you KITO!!!! One of the best producers in the game! you gonna take over

Review

Strawberries (feat. Elley D...

Kito

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

13 Sep 2018

Triple J
45

Celline and I have been drooling over this the whole morning. It's splicey af. And the moment Elley's vox kick in at the start...I could honestly listen to that 100 x on repeat.

Celline and I have been drooling over this the whole morning. It's splicey af. And the moment Elley's vox kick in at the start...I could honestly listen to that 100 x on repeat.