Composer, producer, mix engineer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist. Associated with Important Records, A Strangely Isolated Place and the wider experimental music and score community.
I’m a well studied and practiced music producer and primarily self-taught multi-instrumentalist. My work focuses on presenting multicultural sound worlds through explorative music.
I've written four albums, two of which have been released on record labels. ‘Tre Em’, released on A Strangely Isolated Place (ASIP) 2012 & ‘Issa’, Important Records 2015.
I've composed and produced scores for independent filmmakers Juul Van Der Laan, Matty Groves and Joel Chima. I've also written an audio book score for prominent UK artists Heather & Ivan Morison. I currently freelance for TAM Collective writing music and sound editing for their films.
I play Swarsangum, trumpet and drums. My ability across these instruments informs my approach to production, creating a flexible creative environment rich in timbre and culture.
I specialise on creating scores that honour and reflect various cultures from around the world. From Nigerian influenced, rhythm-heavy scores, to dance pop music, to Indian compositions for advertising and sound art.
"...richly orchestrated, like seeds that fall on good soil and yield thirty, sixty, even a hundred times more than what was planted." ~ A Closer Listen on Issa, 2015
"The work evokes the scale of Michael Stearns compositions for film, whilst eliciting a minimalist undercurrent throughout. " - Important Records
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Interview with Kit Wilmans Fegradoe
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently finishing my 3rd and 4th album which I've been working on over the last 5 years. I'm also working on an E.P of pop music to be released later this year, as well as a solo swarsangum release. I'm involved in writing the score for a comedy short, an important dutch documentary about Nigerian philosophy, and a fictional short about African mythology.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have an incredibly sensitive and well trained ear. What this means is that I'm able to clearly and swiftly hear what a piece of music needs and what it doesn't need. I'm equipped with the tools to be able to transfer this instinctive skill into practice and refine music to it's most essential and powerful parts.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm incredibly moved by the scores of Vangelis (Blade Runner), Michael Stearns (Baraka & Samsara), Oneohtrix Point Never (Uncut Gems) among many others. I find myself always inspired by the Kings and Queens of Jazz, the emotive traditional music of Japan, classical Indian music (in particular Shakti and Ravi Shankar) and a swathe of electronic music from all over the world.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I regularly do score work for short films which includes writing, recording and producing material from the ground up. I work closely with directors to elevate their vision through sensitive and empathetic sound work. My background in writing narrative driven albums is what draws lots of clients in, as my own work is very filmic in nature. My approach to authentic worldly instrumentation and production opens up possibilities for my clients they may not have considered and it's that dedication to honest affecting scores that touches those I work with.