French Kiwi Juice

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French Kiwi Juice
FKJ in 2015
FKJ in 2015
Background information
Birth nameVincent Fenton
Born (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 30)
OriginTours, France
GenresNu jazz, Electronic, Rhythm and blues, French house
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • musician
Instruments
  • Synthesizer
  • drum machine
  • personal computer
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • double bass
  • piano
  • saxophone (alto, tenor)
  • drum kit
Years active2012–present
LabelsRoche Musique
Associated actsMasego
Websitefrenchkiwijuice.com
live musical performance
FKJ live in Pune, India (December 2018)

Vincent Fenton (born March 26, 1990), known professionally as French Kiwi Juice or the abbreviation FKJ (sometimes stylized Fkj), is a French multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician from Tours.[1][2][3] He is known for his solo live performances, where he does live loopings through Ableton and showcases his multi-instrumentalist skills. His self-titled debut album, French Kiwi Juice, was released on March 3, 2017.[4]

FKJ has performed at music festivals including Coachella,[5] Euphoria,[6] CRSSD,[7] Lollapalooza, and Lightning in a Bottle.[8]

Career[edit]

FKJ has been described as a "pioneer" and "one of the flag bearers" of the new New French House genre. He was originally trained in sound engineering for film at a film school.[9][10]

FKJ achieved significant public attention after the release of the fully improvised record "Tadow" and accompanying studio recording in 2017. He improvised the song with fellow musician Masego, during a day-long recording session that took place just after the musicians met each other.[11]

In April 2017, FKJ announced that he was performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Do Lab Stage.

Personal life[edit]

FKJ was born on March 26, 1990 to a mother from France and a father from New Zealand. From a young age, he immersed himself in music from his parents' libraries, including "English rock, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Police... '70s rock, Led Zeppelin... some jazz or Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis... a little bit of French music, but not too much, like Serge Gainsbourg."[12][11]

In March 2019, FKJ married fellow musician June Marieezy[13] (stage name ((( O )))) with whom he had previously collaborated, notably in "Vibin' Out".[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Release date Label Format
French Kiwi Juice March 3, 2017 (US)[4] Roche Musique

Other[edit]

Title Details
Release date Label Format
Ylang Ylang EP November 12, 2019[15] Mom + Pop CD Download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listen: FKJ - 'Leave My Home'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Looped: FKJ (French Kiwi Juice)". KCRW. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  3. ^ "French Kiwi Juice - Showcase". Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  4. ^ a b Desk, BWW News. "FKJ's Highly Anticipated Debut LP 'French Kiwi Juice' Out Now". Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  5. ^ "FKJ gets into the groove for SF show, Coachella debut". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  6. ^ "EUPHORIA 2017". Songkick. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  7. ^ "Top 5 acts from CRSSD Festival Fall 2016 – EARMILK". EARMILK. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  8. ^ "Lighting in a Bottle festival offers fresh, sustainable music alternative". Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  9. ^ "FKJ releases 'Why Are There Boundaries' as debut album release edges closer – EARMILK". EARMILK. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  10. ^ Advisor, Resident. "RA: FKJ". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  11. ^ a b https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/looping-guru-fkj-talks-improvising-tadow-masego-being-melting-pot
  12. ^ https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/tour/6105/FKJ-French-Kiwi-Juice-Live-Debut.utr
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e30HA4tYUlM
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gq9N-sPdYg
  15. ^ "Ylang Ylang EP (Release)". Beatsource. Retrieved 2021-01-31.