SUPPORT FOR ‘DON’T BLINK’
“You’ll want to have both eyes on the screen at all times when watching this video.”
– Cool Accidents (AUS)
“With pummeling guitar, formidable bars and a hard-hitting, swaggering bass, ‘Don’t Blink’ is a total heater.”
– Purple Sneakers (AUS)
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Following on from the release of his critically praised single ‘Don’t Blink’, Canberra-based hip hop artist Citizen Kay has just revealed the accompanying video clip – directed and edited by long-time collaborator Nic Vevers.
Filmed at the top of a carpark in the heart of Canberra City, the clip sees a dynamic performance from Citizen Kay, mixed with the exquisite work of Canberra animator Trent Dwyer. Through the playful use of light and sped up camera techniques, Vevers highlights the contrast between the still, barren carpark and the frenetic rendition from Kay.
Citizen Kay talks about the inspiration and process behind the video clip:
“After working with Nic for so long, I’ve come to trust him completely and am hella confident of his work. We had this dope idea of a one-shot, slow panning, cinematic, minimalistic video which went right out the window. Instead, we ended up making this mostly spontaneous clip that you see which reflects the song so damn well! The animation represents subliminal internal thoughts which oppose a lot of the aggression throughout the track, and the visuals and a gritty style just came out so naturally when shooting.”
Citizen Kay’s albums ‘Demokracy’ and ‘With The People’ were both nominated for an ARIA award in the ‘Best Urban Album’ category; the former was also nominated for an AIR award for ‘Best Independent Hip-Hop Album Release’. A performance soon followed on triple j’s esteemed ‘Like A Version’ segment and was met with praise by fans and critics alike.
Previous releases have also been strongly supported by Spotify, Apple Music, Complex, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Cool Accidents, AUD’$, Acid Stag and NME, with video clips added to rotation on ABC’s Rage. He’s also had multiple tracks added to rotation on triple j and extensive play across community radio. His three albums, including his last ‘Belly Of The Beast‘, received top 10 placings on the US College Hip Hop charts and the single ‘Ego’ broke into the top 20 of the US NACC Singles chart. In the UK, the single picked up regional and community radio plays.
Citizen Kay has toured the country extensively, supporting hip hop luminaries Public Enemy, Run The Jewels, Ice Cube, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt and Australian crowd favourites ILLY, Tkay Maizda and Seth Sentry. He’s also made appearances at Australian mainstay events Falls Festival and Groovin’ The Moo.
‘Don’t Blink’ is available worldwide now through Asphalt Records/MGM
‘DON’T BLINK’ SHOWS
FRI 13 NOV | WAYWARDS, NEWTOWN NSW
FRI 20 NOV | FICTION CLUB, CANBERRA ACT
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