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RnB star KRISTN releases badass new single + video, 'Lowkey'

09 February 2024 - 0 Comments

Rising Aotearoa singer, songwriter and performer KRISTN, has today released her steamy new RnB single Lowkey.

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Playful and badass, Lowkey is a track with plenty of attitude you can groove to. Following on from KRISTN’s previous hit singles No Gravity (Radio Active Top 11, NZ Musician), Chasin’ (62K+ Spotify streams, NZOA NewTracks, Mai FM) and debut ‘Seasons’ (#13 Hot 20 NZ Singles Chart), for Lowkey the artist once again worked with acclaimed producer and songwriter William Henderson (CHAII, Niko Walters, Foley) for the recording, mixing, and mastering.

Lowkey is about a girl reiterating that she doesn’t want to be in a committed relationship, that she’s happy being in a ‘friends with benefits’ situation,” explains KRISTN. ”It’s for women taking control of their sexuality in dating, and recognising the double standards when it’s the girl seeing other people instead of the boy. I wrote it to a beat I found on YouTube called Lowkey, and while freestyling the hook, I wrote this fairly made-up scenario - loosely inspired by mine and my friends' dating experiences.”

KRISTN will be showcasing Lowkey LIVE for her upcoming gig at Auckland’s Cassette Nine, Saturday 10 February. Not to be missed - Mahaani Maiava is opening, and KRISTN will be joined by a full band made up of Stallone D'Souza (keys), Adrian Brown (guitar), Nick Taylor (bass), Karlo Valdez (vocals) and Maria Angela Va'a (vocals).

For tickets and more information, head to Under the Radar HERE

Also out today is another slick music video, which showcases a fun night out - including jamming in the Uber. For the self-produced project, KRISTN once again teamed up with Melbourne-based production company Rogue Antechinus, who she has produced her two previous videos with.

The production team was made up of director Murray Enders, cinematographer Garrett Eckerson, production designer Garth Ernstzen, production assistant Majd Alsania and unit stills May Alsania. “I really love the work we accomplish together,” says KRISTN, who also worked with some other talented creatives on the video. ”Lucky for me, my really good friend and The Voice Australia Finalist, Ezra Williams choreographed and features in the video, alongside Whakātane-raised dancer Briain Dixon - who I was put in contact with through mutual friends in Australia. It was a really fun and sweet Kiwi reunion.”

A glamourous moment from making the video? “The gorgeous MG HS car we used belongs to another really awesome mate, Dylan Don Paul. On the very first take of the shoot, we noticed some mud on Ezra’s shoes. We were terribly worried it got in the fresh car Dylan had especially cleaned for us. As we began cleaning the mud off the shoes and the little piece that did get in the car, we quickly learned that it wasn’t mud…It was dog poop.”

Born in South Africa, raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, and usually based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Kristin Paulse aka KRISTN is currently based in Australia, where the talented singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer has been touring in musical theatre over the past year. Having made her Australian musical theatre debut as a Dynamite in Hairspray the Musical, KRISTN is now revisiting the music of Tina Turner, currently touring with TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Australia Tour after 2020’s New Zealand tour of the tribute show, TINA: Simply the Best. KRISTN is an incredibly busy and diverse creative, who can also be found performing live shows in New Zealand and Australia as one half of R&B neo soul duo Citris iNK, with her partner Nick Taylor, and has even enjoyed chart action with her 2021 debut single Seasons feat. Wulfie charting at #13 on the Hot 20 NZ Singles chart. With today’s release of Lowkey, a live show and more new music on its way, KRISTN is definitely an exciting up-and-coming talent to watch!

Photo Credit: Rogue Antechinus

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