Kita Menari, the project of Dutch artist Micha de Jonge, follows up first single of 2019 Pretty Sure with the equally infectious Feel It All – a propulsive synth-pop tune moved relentlessly forward by four to the floor beat and delay-tapping guitars. Crafting a sound as vibrant as PassionPit with the electronic hooks of MGMT and sonic energy of Parisian dance pop icons Phoenix, he has already started the year as one of its most exciting breakthrough artists.
The single’s colourful 80s influence and its apparent joie de vivre belie its melancholy themes, asMicha explains: “The track refers to a longing to feel emotion after a period of nothing. You want to feel it all: the good stuff, the bad stuff, everything and anything, even if that means risking hurting in the end”. Continuing de Jonge expresses the particular situation that inspired this sentiment: “A friend of mine thought her partner was being unfaithful. Rather than addressing her fears and anxiety she kept it to herself, scared that it was true.
She had these thoughts about her partner for a very long time. ‘Feel It All’ is about this specific period where she was emotionally numb. Unfortunately she would come to find her suspicions weren’t a figment of her imagination.”
Micha resides in a 40-hectare estate called Doorn Huis, famous for being the final home and now resting place of Germany’s last Kaiser, Wilhelm II. “In the Netherlands the government have a program where you can apply to live in some weird and wonderful places to deter squatters and burglars” de Jonge mentions. This one-of-a-kind environment influences his determinedly positive take on music. “I won’t bore you with the history of Doorn Huis but it means I’m surrounded by a lot of amazing images and objects that inspire me and my music. It’s a little like winning the lottery to be given the chance to live in such an inspiring, amazing location.”
Kita Menari have had a string of success already in the Netherlands and are slowly crossing into UK/US consciousness, through the likes of tastemaker sites EARMILK and The Music Ninja, with The 405 calling previous single Pretty Sure “a sound of sheer exuberance”. The track would go on to feature on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ in AUS/NZ, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and home country the Netherlands with Apple Music including the track in 9 ‘Best Of The Week’playlists Worldwide. Pretty Sure would go on to climb the charts on buzz blog aggregator theHype Machine, reaching #1 on their ‘Most Blogged’ chart.
Preceding this, debut single Young Lovers found itself included on Apple Music’s ‘Best Of The Week’ as well as Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ in both the UK and NL, where it would go on to appear in the top 5 of both country’s Spotify Viral Charts.
After the overnight success of his debut single, Micha quickly set about putting a band together and they were soon invited to play on the biggest public radio station Radio 2FM and alternative station 3FM. All this before they had even played one live show. Their debut performance came in front of more than one million people on popular Dutch TV-show De Wereld Draait Door before a sold-out headline show at Paradiso in Amsterdam. These live successes resulted in Kita Menaribeing invited to play widely acclaimed sets at Europe’s key festival for emerging artists EurosonicNoorderslag in January 2019.
Kita Menari’s new single Feel It All is released February 22nd and will be included on the upcoming EP release ‘Finally Awake’ released on April 11th. The EP will be supported by Kita Menari’s biggest headline tour to date and a long summer festival period.
02.03.19 – Manifesto, Hoorn
09.03.19 – Big Rivers, Dordrecht
21.03.19 – Patronaat, Haarlem
29.03.19 – Altstadt, Eindhoven
30.03.19 – Tivoli, Utrecht
05.04.19 – Snorrepop Festival, Weert
17.04.19 – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer
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