Kayla Painter is a critically-acclaimed electronic artist and Songwriting Course Leader here at BIMM Bristol. Her phenomenal music career has included support slots with a host of international artists and producers like Afrika Bambaataa, Nite Jewel and Rob Clouth, as well as a host of commercial partnerships with some of the world’s biggest media corporations and broadcasters – Disney, Dave, Channel 4 and E4 to name a few.
Her unique sound and impressive live productions have earned praise from various famed tastemakers, music publications and DJs. Among those championing her work are Clash, The Line of Best Fit, Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as Kayla explains:
“I played twice at the 6 Music Festival in 2016 and caught the attention of Mary Anne Hobbs. She played out a track of mine on her weekend breakfast show, and since then has played me a few times on her 6Music Recommends show too. Mary Anne has also been in touch giving me feedback, guidance and essentially mentoring me, behind the scenes since then.”
After wowing crowds in Bristol, Kayla was invited to play a coveted closing set at Glastonbury on the Glade stage. She describes the event as an “overwhelming experience and a major milestone”. Kayla joined BIMM two days later and now – having been here a year -has just released a brand new five-track EP, Auriga which was sold as a limited run of 50 cassette tapes.
Auriga has generated much excitement following regular radio play from both the aforementioned Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1). The record has also been lauded by Amazing Radio’s Rianne Thompson, who spoke at length about Kyla’s work with BIMM and her various other artistic pursuits during her weekly radio show.
Outside of her work as a musician, Kayla is a huge advocate of music education; she holds two degrees in Creative Sound and Music and Popular Music from the Newport Art School and a Masters in music from the University of Bath.
Inspiring and immensely talented, Kayla is also an avid supporter of International Women’s Day and regularly speaks about the issues facing female artists within the electronic sphere.
This year, Kayla produced an exclusive mix of female artists, which featured on Warp Records’ bleep.com. Her work has also led her to collaborate with singer-songwriter, Beth Orton.
We are so fortunate to have Kayla on board as a senior course leader at BIMM – she has been a major part of BIMM Bristol in the past 12 months and continues to bring out the best in all of our students.
Kayla Painter’s brand new EP Auriga is out now. For a full list of tour dates and a sneak peek of her breathtaking 2017 live show, visit kaylapainter.com.