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KID KOALA


BIO: Back in 1996, Kid Koala became the first North American artist signed to UK label Ninja Tune. In the years that followed Kid Koala released a string of remixes and toured North America with fellow Ninja artists: Coldcut, DJ Food and DJ Vadim. But it was not long before his skill, innovation, and performance style led him to attract attention from those outside the club community. In 1998, he was invited to join Money Mark’s band, and then went on the road to open for the Beastie Boys on their "Hello Nasty" world tour. In 2000, Ninja Tune released Kid Koala’s debut album “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” which received international praise by the press for having defied expectation. The album featured a video game and a 32-page comic illustrated by Kid Koala himself. Following the release of the album Kid Koala toured extensively in North America and Europe as a member of groups such as Deltron 3030, Lovage, Bullfrog and on his own, opening for some of his favorite artists, Radiohead and Bjork. While on the road, Kid Koala kept busy with pen to paper, illustrating a 350-page book called “Nufonia Must Fall” which was accompanied by a soundtrack that he composed on the piano. Shortly after the release of this book came the release of his second album, “Some of My Best Friends are DJs” complete with a 50-page comic book and mini chess game. This album was supported by a cabaret-style tour known as “The Short Attention Span Theatre”, which featured 3 DJs on 8 turntables, a slide show and a bingo game among other quirky surprises. Following this tour Kid Koala performed DJ sets in Australia, Asia, Europe, Russia, North America and South America, all the while working on a new book. Kid Koala most recent release on Ninja Tune was, “Your Mom’s Favorite DJ” in 2006. On this record he shows that his chosen means of expression (the turntable) is used not as a way of showing that he can do faster crabs than anyone else, but as a way of telling stories. Although there is the romance, silent movie comedy and swing that your mother may well smile at and even shake her booty to, the enthralling deftness and complexity you’d expect from Kid Koala is also here - woven together with classic hip hop beats, breaks and generous swathes of heavy guitars. In 2009, Kid Koala put together 3 "Music to Draw To" performances in Montreal for which he basically invited people to come and draw while he played records. There was no dancing allowed, but people could enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate, purchase some treats and either draw or do some writing. These events where initially created just for fun, but they became a huge success. As the series progressed, he received more and more requests for us to take our event to other parts of Quebec, North America, Europe... Even South America and South Africa... Later that year, Kid Koala embarked on another journey, that of presenting a project called "The Slew" - live with the former rhythm section of Grammy Award-winning Australian rock band Wolfmother. Featuring drums, bass/keys and DJs working across a truly excessive six turntables, the set featured raw guitar cuts and heavy beats that set out as a one-time-only tour across North America. Due to the high demand by fans for a return and the amount of fun the band had playing together, they toured the North American Jazz Festival circuit and also appeared at SONAR Spain and Chicago. Somewhere in between their busy tour schedule the ex-Wolfmother rhyhtm section joined Kid Koala in the studio to lay down some new songs. Currently Dynomite D is working on the songs at his studio. In 2011, Kid Koala launched "Space Cadet" - a 132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards, accompanied by a still picture score. This charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, celebrating the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that build generations. An accompanying live show - a "quiet time" immersive headphone concert experience accompanied by a gallery exhibition - was assembled during a residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and debuted at the Montreal Biosphere Museum. It was presented on a sold-out tour through Europe afterwards and continues to tour to variety of venues such as the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Irondale in Brooklyn, New York.

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by TV News Desk - August 19, 2019

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by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2019

Visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) is preparing to release his much anticipated collaborative album Music To Draw To: Io featuring Belgian-American vocalist Trixie Whitley this Friday, January 25th via Arts & Crafts. In anticipation, today the album is available to stream in ...
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by BWW News Desk - January 18, 2019

Today, visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) shares new single and video for “Lost At Sea” featuring Trixie Whitley via Ghettoblaster Magazine. The track comes off their upcoming collaborative album Music To Draw To: Io slated for release on January 25th via Arts & Crafts (avail...
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by BWW News Desk - January 10, 2019

Visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) returns today with yet another stunning single from his upcoming album Music To Draw To: Io slated for release on January 25th via Arts & Crafts. The new track entitled “Hera's Song” premiered today via Clash Magazine and features the impass...
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by BWW News Desk - December 10, 2018

Visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) shares the visuals for latest single “All For You” featuring Trixie Whitley today with Billboard Magazine. The track, premiered last month via BrooklynVegan, comes off San and Whitley's much-anticipated collaborative album Music To Draw To: ...
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by BWW News Desk - November 30, 2018

Today, visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) announces the much-anticipated second volume in his Music To Draw To ambient/vocal collaboration series.Music To Draw To: Io is a sprawling 70 minutes of transportive music featuring singer Trixie Whitley on six of its eighteen tracks...
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by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2018

As part of the Vancouver International Film Festival's VIFF Live! program, RZA, the award-winning musician, film director and leader of rap group Wu-Tang Clan, will live-score the Shaw Brothers' Kung Fu classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin on October 9, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street)...
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by TV News Desk - February 23, 2018

Visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) is preparing to release the Floor Kids Original Video Game Soundtrack on April 27th via Arts & Crafts – a 42-track project featuring 71 minutes of original instrumental hip-hop and break music from the award-winning video game, Floor Kids....
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by TV News Desk - February 13, 2018

Visionary scratch DJ and producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San) announces the Floor Kids Original Video Game Soundtrack set for release on April 27th via Arts & Crafts. The album features 42 tracks and 71 minutes of original instrumental hip-hop and break music from the award-winning video game Floor Kid...