KIT RICE is the featured artist for May 2014 at MarkMeets

Having promoted some of today’s best known and hottest music acts from when they began their journey, we’re pleased to showcase the amazing talent of solo star: Kit Rice.

Kit Rice is a truly versatile artist with a wealth of musical knowledge behind him as well as being able to introduce himself as a BRIT school graduate.

KIT RICE is the featured artist for May 2014 at MarkMeets
KIT RICE is the featured artist for May 2014 at MarkMeets

Not only is Kit an amazing performer, he is also a songwriter and classical violinist who loves nothing more than performing live on stage with his ride or die band mates Chris Gilbertson, Jamie Houghton and Jon Hughes. With his unique singing style and flexible musicianship, he is an emerging talent to really watch out for in the coming year!

Read on as we chat exclusively with Kit about how he started in music, Memoral gigs and his plans for the future.

At UK entertainment website MarkMeets, our passion, online presence and reputation for promoting fresh emerging new talent offering artists a great platform to be seen and heard by the public, media and fellow artists.

Kit’s first iTunes release, Not on My Time EP, was self-produced and released in December 2011, followed swiftly by Lies EP in February 2012. As Kit turned 21, his debut album Stay Gone was completed with producer Cam Blackwood who was worked with artists such as: We are Scientists, Cee – Lo Green, Loick Essien and Jamiroquai. This 10 track album combines upbeat tunes with emotional ballads with Kit managing to blend his funk, soul and hip – hop influences effortlessly with an amazingly fresh attitude.

His first single BYOB, came out on November 11th 2013 with the music video getting wide spread attention from the UK to the US.

“Kit’s upbeat music, funky vocals and distinct style make him a star to watch” – Mark Boardman (Music Journalist).

Kit Rice with band
Kit Rice with band. Photo by jon d barker

What makes your music unique?
I moulded my style on RNB, Hip Hop, Funk & Pop. My approach is unique. I like the music to speak for itself.

How did you get started?
I’ve been writing music for years. I started in classical music.

What are you listening to right now?
Right this second I’m listening to Loyal – Chris Brown 😀 TUNE

What do you have going on in the near future?
I’m playing the Kensington Roof Gardens on May 10th. I’ve got a great show planned out.

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire Lady Gaga for her outlandish style and having no fear. For along time I was scared to be myself & artists like Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Prince & Brandy have shown me how not to be afraid.

Do you ever get nervous doing shows or live radio?
Everyone gets nervous. If you’re about to perform and you aren’t nervous there is something wrong. You learn how not to show it 😛

What have been your most memorable gigs?
My most memorable gig was this year actually 🙂 It was at The Bedford in Balham (South London). The auditorium was full & bursting with energy. The boys and I gave a thrilling performance…There are lots of videos of that gig on YouTube 9/2/14.

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Buy Tickets To My Show. 😉

Kit’s catchy melodies and the energy of his performances soon got him noticed and over the last two years he has played over 100 gigs at venues around the country, including Station Sessions, The Troubadour, The Ice Bar and XOYO. He has also become a familiar face at various London venues including The Regal Room and The Bedford. After making it to the final of The Bedford’s Song slam 2012, Kit wowed the judges with tracks from his album and was crowned the winner. Kit has already played live acoustic sessions on main radio stations including BBC Radio London, showcased at the BBC Club and has played at summer festivals including Secret Garden Party, Cornbury Festival and Marylebone

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Previous MarkMeets Music Artists have included:  Derek Ryan, Harvey, Jamie Eldridge, Tom Andrews, Blaise, Luke Towler, Carly Rae Jespen, Aiden Grimshaw, District 3, Adam Lambert and The Dolly Rockers. We have supported brand new artists too from Kingsland, Tich, through to Concept, Ria Ritchie and Overload.

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