Hailing from East London, Kickstarter was created in 2009 by Belgian-born rapper, Laurence Ayeni, guitarist Lee Avant, bassist Ross Graham and drummer Eliot Curtis. Combining Hip Hop, Rock and the heavy Electro sounds of today, Kickstarter write songs highlighting important issues affecting people today such as government failures, economic sustainability and social injustice and offer many more takes on the world through their eyes. Following their self-released 4 track debut EP entitled 'The Construct City' in March 2011, Kickstarter gained their debut radio airplay with ‘Fight Back’ on BBC Essex, which was then followed by airplay on Tom Robinson’s radio show on BBC 6. Kickstarter took part in Surface Festival 2011 which saw them play some prestigious venues such as the O2 Islington Academy main room and playing in the International Final in the Indigo2 in the O2 Arena, London in October 2011.
2012 saw Kickstarter hard at work. They recorded two new songs, “Death of Clarity” and “Dropzone” which were released on iTunes and Spotify in March 2012 and were followed up by their first overseas gigs, playing shows in Belgium and Holland later that month. The songs gained further radio airplay on BBC Essex as well as Planet FM 94 and a variety of online radio stations including URN, Surge Radio, Hilltop Radio, Off The Chart Radio and Hope Radio. Throughout 2012, the band have also been travelling around the country playing shows and festivals and building solid fan bases in London, Essex, Southampton, Brighton, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham, and returned to Antwerp for an appearance at I Want You 2 Come Festival in June 2012. Kickstarter also played in Hyde Park on 29th July as part of BT London Live, and will be taking part in Oxjam in Leicester later this year. Kickstarter are currently working on their debut album which is expected to be released late 2012.
With some genre-busting songs up their sleeves, Kickstarter have become known for their raucous live shows, always breaking the barrier between the stage and the audience, and shattering fourth walls across the UK's finest venues with shard-piercing sets that skilfully combine dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and electro with a raw rock/rap/funk dynamic.
Here's what some people have had to say about us:
"Four piece rock band Kickstarter put on a high-energy performance, making some really great sounds. Combing rock/metal and hip-hop rhythms into an intoxicating cocktail of musical delights, the lead singer (Laurence Ayeni) did some acrobatic moves on stage to back his fast-paced rap vocals and the drummer (Eliot Curtis) won a gold medal for his efforts on the skins. Good team work from the whole band and a delightfully fresh and different style of music make their appearance the highlight of the night. Exhilarating."
- Arts in Leicestershire
"These guys are clearly very skilled songwriters. [They] throw normality out the window - but this works like a charm."
- Essex Gig Guide - Issue 6 / July 2012
"Kickstarter mixed an exhilarating cocktail of rap and rock, layered with synth sounds and lashings of funk rhythms. I could not help but be impressed by their experimental edge, as they produced a fantastic set of songs. Credit goes to their professionalism in pulling off a highly entertaining show."
- GlastonBudget Festival 2012 Review; Arts in Leicestershire
“They rock as hard as any hard rock bands out there, with a very informed rap/ funk style to get you moving. Singer Laurence Ayeni raps and smiles, he knows the band are kicking up a storm behind him, all he has to do is get you moving and get the Kickstarter message out there. I reckon you need to hear them, one of London’s best young groups. Switch off X Factor, go see these guys instead!”
- Steve Horwood; Reviewer and Publicity manager for Club Bus Wind
"Kickstarter produced a high octane performance... [with an] endearing, offbeat, visual approach which won the audience over almost immediately, hooking them into the music. Rap can almost become clichéd and overworked but songs such as Construct City, Fight Back and Drop Zone with powerful and tightly bound lyrics ensured that the focus was always on the stage. But this was no one man show. The band echoed and reflected energies of their own through insistent beats and tunes."
- Lisa Parker; Music Reviewer for The LP Project
"One of the things that define Kickstarter is that they enjoy every single second on stage and connect with the audience by doing so."
- Surface Festival Review
"Here is a band who clearly love what they do, and whose audience love it too."
- The EDGE Magazine
‘The Construct City’ EP is available now in physical copies and on iTunes!