WORDS BY
Jacqui James

KIM CHURCHILL IS one chilled-out indie-pop artist. His upcoming EP I Am is the perfect soundtrack to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. You can see Kim’s easy-going personality and his appreciation for nature in the video After The Sun below:

From NSW, Kim is living the dream – travelling the world while recording four EP’s. The first of those is titled I Am is released on Friday, May 3rd was recorded in Berlin where he used his environment for inspiration. Throughout I Am, Kim never loses his authenticity, even experimenting with electronic sounds on some tracks.

Funnily enough, I Am was co-produced by house and hip-hop producer Vincent Kottkamp, alongside Chris Collins who has worked with Gang of Youths, Middle Kids and Ruby Fields. The track Fallen Rainbows and All I Remember are really funky, without losing Kim’s earthiness.

Below my interview with the lovely Kim are the dates for Kim’s worldwide upcoming tour dates.

Hi Kim! How are you? Thanks very much for your time. You must be excited with your debut EP ‘I Am’ being released on May 3, seeing it was recorded in Berlin?

Yeah I’m heaps excited to release it! It’s the first part of a four EP collection recorded over four different countries; Berlin is such a wonderful place to begin!

‘I Am’ is part of four EP’s, the upcoming ones were recorded in Australia, London and Canada. Why have you decided to record in these various locations?

I basically found the deepest and most genuine parts of my song writing was happening on the road, often when I was open to the places I was travelling through. I wanted to take that a bit further by recording in specific places that had really inspired me and work with local artists and producers to really bring out the colours and cultural intricacies of each place.

Your music is extremely organic – I love it. Did this approach to music come from your upbringing?

 Thank you!! I’m sure that has contributed. I come from a very small town on the far south coast of NSW called Merimbula. It’s very beautiful and very quiet and I guess it would have shaped who I am. Also, the only real way to start a career in music was to busk, which I did a lot of. That tends to mean quite organic approaches I think.

 Your last Aussie performance was at Ability Fest. How was that experience?

Quite phenomenal for a load of reasons. It’s a fantastic concept and a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities to sit front and centre and feel included and celebrated. I think that feeling really guides the crowd in general and it was a warm and beautiful vibe in the arena. I love a crowd in that mindset!

Your music is very chilled, so was it a no brainer supporting the “Love Music, Hate Racism” project? 

 I think it’s a no brainer regardless. Possibly being chilled allowed me a bit more headspace to see how important it is.

When can we expect your second and third EP to be released? 

We will basically release a new ep every six to eight months for the next two years and tour the entirety of that time! It’s going to be quite a huge journey and I’m very excited!

Thankyou very much Kim for chatting with myself. I wish you every success for your future.

Kim Churchill Worldwide Tour:

MON 13 MAY | UNTER DECK | MUNCHEN, GERMANY
TUES 14 MAY | GROOVESTATION | DRESDEN, GERMANY
WED 15 MAY | BADEHAUS | BERLIN, GERMANY
FRI 17 MAY | BITTERZOET | AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
SAT 18 MAY | NOCHTSPEICHER | HAMBURG, GERMANY
MON 20 MAY | BLUE SHELL | KOLN, GERMANY
TUE 21 MAY | LES ETOILES | PARIS, FRANCE
TUE 28 MAY | JAZZ CAFE | LONDON, UK
FRI 7 JUN | OXFORD ARTS FACTORY | SYDNEY, AUS
SAT 8 JUN | WOOLY MAMMOTH | BRISBANE, AUS
SAT 15 JUN | HOWLER | MELBOURNE, AUS
FRI 21 JUN | LION ARTS FACTORY | ADELAIDE, AUS
SAT 22 JUN | JACK RABBIT SLIMS | PERTH, AUS