Beauty. A word that is most often associated with aesthetics. Visual, audio ... but more than that it's textures; it's a soul that corresponds with the mind in a way that transcends beyond what is seen to the unseen and lifts them and their art to new and thought-provoking ways; it's poetry that masterfully expresses the emotional complexities that all of us in the human experience can relate to on some level. Kimi and her musical outlet known as DRÆMINGS encompasses all of these examples of beauty in all of the above-mentioned ways ... and more.
At the tender age of 17, Kimi moved from Colorado to San Francisco where she fell in with a "group of pirates, a mix of glamorous drag queens and street urchins." This new group of friends not only helped shape her love for strange, dark, and beautiful aesthetics but also introduced her to the world of punk, post-punk, and goth; all of which are styles of music that are characterized by a strong visual appeal. This is when Kimi began crafting her image-- a mixture of the darkness provided by Siouxsie Sioux, combined with the ultra-fashionable alien that is David Bowie. It was also while here when the moment that Kimi realized she wanted to be a singer and play music took place-- shortly after moving to San Francisco she met a DJ named Edwin who had a band and encouraged Kimi to be the singer. Initially it didn't go well, but by the end of the evening, she had found her calling:
"We had our first band practice, and I was so shy. I could barely sing, I was singing very quiet." After the practice, Ed walked Kimi home and in the middle of a crowded street, he stopped and convinced her to sing at the top of her lungs. Reluctantly, she went along. Afterwards she felt an invincibility like she had never felt before. That's when she knew, her life was to be dedicated to music.
From there Kimi found herself back in New York City. She found herself drawn to the enticing bright lights of the city. But she soon learned that under the bright lights lives the remains of a million burned-out stars, and that was when she soon found her life traversing the same path as so many of those that was swept into the undertow provided by substances. Eventually stumbling on a moment of clarity, Kimi found herself heading back to the West Coast towards tinseltown.
While in Los Angeles, she forged a friendship with Norman Durkee, the master pianist and music director who wrote the iconic piano riff on the song "Takin' Care Of Business." Although Kimi was extremely shy and introverted at times, Durkee felt there was something special about her and bought her a guitar, encouraging her to learn it. And learn it she did, eventually forming the dream-rock band Black Flamingo.
As her songwriting skills developed, her band, as well as a long-term relationship she had been in, ended abruptly. This event gave birth one sleepless, heartbroken weekend, to the five-song demo that would become DRÆMINGS.
The music, which includes some of the dark-pop elements of the mighty Siouxsie Sioux with a hint of The Cure, along with a smidgen of shoegaze (to which Kimi says, "I love [the] 90's heavy shoegaze movement. My Bloody Valentine is my top band that I reference in terms of getting certain guitar tones."), and the catchy songwriting of Bowie and Ace of Base. Kimi also takes certain cues from these artists in regards to their appearance, as well. At times she looks like a gothic goddess, and at others she can rock a pant-suit just as well as anyone from the glam era of the early 1970's. However, no matter how exciting her visual appearance is, for Kimi, it truly comes back to the music.
Kimi writes all her own music, and takes her musical output very seriously, "I play guitar. I'm really a music nerd. I know how to run a computer, I know how to produce my own stuff, and people wanted to take that away from you as much as possible. They're always like, 'She's a singer!', and it's like no, I'm a songwriter. I write all my music." And she always says this with a certain amount of pride while NEVER allows anyone to undermine that ... as well she should. She taught herself how to play guitar, how to take the emotional turmoil within and craft them into her own, definitive style (a self-described "pop-writer, albeit one who can't really write a happy song.").
Eventually, the DRÆMINGS demo caught the attention of Sumerian Record's founder, Ash Avildsen, who immediately signed her, making her one of the first alt-pop acts, and the first female acts on the label. She spent the following year recording her full-length debut, "The Eternal Lonesome," to be released later this summer.
With an upcoming single, album, and tour, there is nothing but a bright pathway towards the future for DRÆMINGS.