Kindness (musician)

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Kindness (musician)
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Kindness performing at the 2012 Inrocks Festival
Background information
Birth nameAdam Bainbridge
BornPeterborough, East of England
GenresElectronica, synthpop, disco, lo-fi, indietronica, downtempo
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, director
Years active2009–present
LabelsFemale Energy, Terrible Records, Casablanca Records
Associated actsDev Hynes, Robyn, Solange, Trouble Funk

Kindness is the solo project of English singer Adam Bainbridge.

Amina Desai is their grandmother.[1] John Blacking is their uncle.[2]


In 2007, Adam Bainbridge was a recipient of the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship,[3] at The Philadelphia Institute for Advance Study.[4]

Live in Philly was Adam Bainbridge's contribution to the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship program. It consists of an album recorded during his stay at the Institute in May 2007, and a small pamphlet illustrating the work, typeset by hand. Employing a variety of musicians from the Institute and the rest of Philadelphia, as well as sound sources and records found or recorded in the city, the Kindness album is a personal and welcome contribution to the Institute's body of work.

— The Philadelphia Institute for Advance Study, [2]

Live in Philly was released in 2007 as a free MP3 download and CDr, with no label.[5]

In 2009, Moshi Moshi Records released Kindness debut single Swingin’ Party. Gee Up was included on the vinyl b-side and a VHS video directed by Jack Latham accompanied it.[6]

In October 2011, Cyan was released as a limited edition 12" vinyl through Kindness's own record label Female Energy in the UK and Terrible Records in North America. The B-side contained 3 unnamed lock grooves.

Kindness's debut album, World, You Need a Change of Mind, co-produced & mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Philippe Zdar[7] was released on 16 March 2012. Live sessions were recorded for Radio 1's Zane Lowe[8] and Rob da Bank[9] as well as 6Music's Lauren Laverne, Live from Maida Vale.[10] Kindness also played the iTunes Festival 2012.

In 2013, Kindness contributed to production and instrumentation on Blood Orange's Cupid Deluxe.[11]

On 13 October 2014 Kindness released their second album Otherness featuring contributions from Robyn, Dev Hynes, Kelela and more.

During a 2015 lecture for Red Bull Music Academy Kindness discussed their recent music career, and their gender identity and sexuality.[12]

'World Restart' from 2014's Otherness is the theme to the New York Times podcast, Still Processing.[13]


As a live band, Kindness has performed at a number of festivals and headline shows through the world including South by Southwest, Latitude Festival, Printemps De Bourges, Sydney Opera House, Primavera Festival, Field Day Festival, Eurockennes, Calvi on The Rocks, Oya Festival, Way Out West, Flow Festival, Summer Sonic, Bestival, We Love Green, Les in Rocks Festival, Midi Festival, and Soulwaxmas.

In May and June 2013, Kindness supported The xx as part of their Night and Day Festival in London[14] and Berlin.

2014 saw a North American and worldwide tour.[15]

Kindness was a support for Blood Orange's charity concert for Opus 118 School Of Music at the Apollo Theater in New York.


Bainbridge originally came to produce music from work as a DJ.[16] As a DJ they have opened for Giorgio Moroder, Solange and Mannie Fresh,[17][18][19] and at venues & clubs worldwide including the Guggenheim Museum, Panorama Bar, MoMA PS1, the Apollo Theater, the Met Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Rex Club, Liquidroom Tokyo and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

Their mixes have featured on British[27] and international radio, and on specialist shows, such as the long-running Beats in Space.[28]

Video director[edit]

Adam Bainbridge has directed and co-directed a number of videos for their own Kindness project as well as for other artists, including Grizzly Bear, Blood Orange, and William Onyeabor:

Artist Song Director(s)
Grizzly Bear "Don't Ask" (Final Fantasy Version)[29] Adam Bainbridge
Kindness "Gee Up"[30] Adam Bainbridge
Kindness "House"[31] Adam Bainbridge & Dan Brereton
Kindness & Trouble Funk "That's Alright"[32] Adam Bainbridge
Kindness "36 Hours in the Go-Go Scene"[33] Adam Bainbridge & Pauline Beaudemont
Blood Orange "Chamakay"[34] Adam Bainbridge
William Onyeabor "Fantastic Man"[35] Adam Bainbridge & Camilla Wasserman
Blood Orange "Uncle ACE" (Kindness remix)[36] Adam Bainbridge
Oh Shu "Disco Brasil"[37] Adam Bainbridge


Studio albums[edit]

  • World, You Need a Change of Mind (16 March 2012)
  • Otherness (13 October 2014)


  • "Swingin Party" (28 September 2009)
  • "Cyan" (26 October 2011)
  • "SEOD" (8 February 2012)
  • "Gee Up" (16 March 2012)
  • "House" (15 June 2012)
  • "That's Alright" (21 September 2012)
  • "World Restart" (featuring Kelela and Ade) (12 August 2014)
  • "This Is Not About Us" (4 September 2014)
  • "Who Do You Love?" (featuring Robyn) (2 January 2015)
  • "Cry Everything" (featuring Robyn) (7 March 2019)[38]


  • "Blood Orange – Uncle Ace" (Kindness remix feat. Robert Owens) (10 April 2014)
  • "Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument" (Kindness remix feat. Busiswa) (15 August 2014)

As a producer[edit]


Song Directed by Date
Gee Up Jack Latham[43] 2009
Cyan Ben Fries[44] 2011
Gee Up Adam Bainbridge[45] 2012
House Daniel Brereton & Adam Bainbridge[46] 2012
That's Alright Adam Bainbridge 2012
This Is Not About Us Adam Bainbridge and Daniel Brereton[47] 2014
Who Do You Love Daniel Brereton[48] 2014
I'll Be Back Daniel Brereton[49] 2015

Radio work[edit]

In 2016-17, Bainbridge hosted a monthly show for Red Bull Music Academy.[50]

Guest Transmission date
MikeQ 28 April 2016
Devonte Hynes 8 June 2016
Jesse Rae 23 June 2016
Eric Johnson 25 August 2016
SCRAAATCH 22 September 2016
Sampha 27 October 2016
Honey Dijon 24 November 2016
DJ Rekha, Nitasha Tamar Sharma, Anupa Mistry, Falu Bakrania 22 December 2016
Alexandria 23 February 2017
Jimmy Douglass 23 March 2017
Tom Lee, Nicole Will, Jonathan Hiam 3 May 2017
Byron Stingily 7 June 2017
Tawiah 5 July 2017
Asma Maroof 2 August 2017
Nabihah Iqbal, Imran Peretta 6 September 2017
Fatima Al Qadiri 4 October 2017
Helen Park, Jason Kim 1 November 2017


Kindness has also interviewed other artists for print media, such as interviews for Saint Heron.[51] In May 2018, Kindness interviewed Robyn for an RBMA lecture on her career and music.[52]


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  16. ^ "Kindness – RBMA Paris Lecture". Genius. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  17. ^ Space, Oval. "LEAF presents Giorgio Moroder with special guests Oval Space". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  18. ^ "On y était : Solange Knowles à Paris (Nouveau Casino)". Les Inrocks (in French). Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  19. ^ "Saint Heron's Greatest Moments of 2015 - Saint Heron". Saint Heron. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  20. ^ "2017 Guggenheim International Gala" (PDF).
  21. ^ Advisor, Resident. "Finest Saturday & FC Snax United". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  22. ^ "Night at the Museum: Artist Holiday Party | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  23. ^ "Blood Orange". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  24. ^ "Young Members Party". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  25. ^ "Tigersushi". Palais de Tokyo EN. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  26. ^ "The Weekend at LACMA | Unframed". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  27. ^ "Kindness, 6 Mix - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  28. ^ "BIS Radio Show #729 | Beats in Space". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  29. ^ Don't Ask – Grizzly Bear on YouTube
  30. ^ "Gee Up" – Kindness on YouTube
  31. ^ "House" – Kindness on YouTube
  32. ^ "That's Alright" – Kindness & Trouble Funk on YouTube
  33. ^ "36 Hours in the Go-Go Scene" – Kindness on YouTube
  34. ^ "Chamakay" – Blood Orange on YouTube
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  36. ^ "Uncle ACE" – Blood Orange on YouTube
  37. ^ "Disco Brasil" – Oh Shu on YouTube
  38. ^ "Cry Everything – Single by Kindness on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  39. ^ "Blood Orange (2) - Cupid Deluxe". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  40. ^ "Blood Orange (2) - Freetown Sound". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  41. ^ "Solange (2) - A Seat At The Table". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
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  50. ^ "Kindness on Red Bull Radio". Red Bull Radio. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  51. ^ "Kindness, Author at Saint Heron". Saint Heron. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  52. ^ Red Bull Music Academy (2018-05-29), Robyn Lecture (New York City, 2018) | Red Bull Music Academy, retrieved 2018-06-05

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