Meet Kymie and her Kwame-produced new banger, NEEDS
The Western Sydney hip-hop force is just the latest newcomer in our rap scene's rapid evolution over the past few years.
Remember the days when Australia's hip-hop scene was full of white dudes in their 30s? Over the last few years, our local rap scene has undergone a massive transformation to become one of our musical world's most diverse and exciting, with artists including Tkay Maidza, Miss Blanks and more recently, Kwame and Baker Boy, offering us a hip-hop circuit that is refreshing and really, really promising. Potentially a result of this, a legion of rising newcomers arriving over recent months is only making our scene more exciting, and West Sydney musician Kymie is the perfect example. She's released a few stand-alone singles in the past but her latest, the Kwame-produced NEEDS, is her most fleshed-out and accessible yet, combining a sparse, trap-leaning production with her relaxed and at-times R&B-esque vocal that oozes with an effortlessly cool vibe in a similar vein to artists like Maidza and internationally, Princess Nokia.
"I wrote Needs as an ode to myself," she says on the single, which arrives after supporting none other than Ja Rule on his recent AU tour, and providing backing vocals for B Wise's Like A Version cover for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "I explore themes of self-love in a unique way and instead of asking for compliments I give them to myself." With more to come soon, there's no better time to jump on the Kymie train than now, so get to know her and her vibey new single a little better below.
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Kymie, I am an RnB artist based in Western Sydney. I’ve been doing music since the age of 12 and in the past year have been releasing tracks consistently. I also really love Oreos (shoutout)
What’s the vibe music-wise?
My music is very relatable to everyday life and feelings, the themes that I explore are to do with love of yourself and love expressed through relationships. I try to be very transparent with my emotions and let that flow in my music. My vibe is definitely RnB; old school feels mixed with some new trap elements.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I love creating from scratch with my piano developing the ideas then expressing myself through the melody.
Honestly everyday is different, but I also work with a few different producers and each of them have different styles as well. The most important thing is to have fun with it but challenge myself at the same time.
Can you tell us about your new single, Needs?
Needs is about self-empowerment; I wrote it at a time where I felt I needed it a little more myself. Kwame killed the production and we just took things to the next level. I've never melodically rapped before so this is a whole new direction for me and I’m so happy thats it's out there for the world to hear!
Any shows coming up?
One or two shows are in the works, so keep up on my socials and I’ll keep you updated through there! So keen to share it with you!
What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?
For the rest of the year, you can expect a dope music video for Needs which was filmed by Risers Media! In the meantime in clocking up studio time, for fresh new releases next year.
Where can we find more of your music?
Right now you can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music and if you head to my Instagram I always keep my fam updated on all my tracks and movement :)
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