Kid Koala



Bio

Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has made a name for himself both with his music and visual art. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006) and 12 bit Blues (2012) and two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall (ECW Press, 2003) and the award-winning Space Cadet (Uni Books, 2011). He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew.

Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, John Medeski, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, Jack Johnson, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for director Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as well as director Rian Johnson's Looper and has composed music for The National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim. His unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) and Vinyl Vaudeville (including puppets and dancers) to quiet-time events like Music To Draw To and his Space Cadet Headphone Experience.

He lives in Montreal with his wife, two daughters, and pet shrimp Amanda.

MANAGEMENT: Ryhna Thompson - Envision Management - ryhna@envisionmanagement.com

BOOKING NORTH AMERICA: Steven Himmelfarb - Billions Agency - Himmelfarb@billions.com

BOOKING NORTH AMERICA (NUFONIA MUST FALL LIVE): Greg Kastleman - Cadenza Artists - greg@cadenzaartists.comBOOKING EUROPE: Doug Smith - Coda Agency - Doug@CodaAgency.com

PRESS UK: James Heather - Ninja Tune - james@ninjatune.net

PRESS EUROPE: Nicky Wain - Ninja Tune - nicky@ninjatune.net

PRESS CANADA: Kim Juneja - Take Aim Media - kim@takeaimmedia.com

SYNCH LICENSES: Lysandra Woods - Third Side Music - lysandra@thirdsidemusic.com 

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Music To Draw To: Satellite OUT NOW!

Kid Koala's album, Music To Draw To: Satellite, is OUT TODAY!


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Stream Music To Draw To: Satellite on CBC Music

Listen to Kid Koala's latest musical project streaming until January 20th, on CBC Music "First Plays"


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Music to Draw To: Satellite Tour

Kid Koala is taking his new album on the road to Toronto, Montrea, New York, and Ottawa


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Kid Koala Announces "Music To Draw To: Satellite"

Kid Koala’s fifth studio album is an expansive work of ambient electronic soundscapes and chilling ballads sung by Icelandic artist Emilíana Torrini.


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Nufonia Robots at the Jiading Library

The Nufonia Must Fall cast does a meet and greet at the Jiading library.


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Nufonia Must Fall Touches Down in Shanghai

Nufonia Must Fall is performing October 22nd and 23rd in Shanghai, and the best part is that tickets are free!


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Kid Koala in Montreal Collections

In the second entry in the photoseries Redbull Music Academy interviews  "Montreal's most celebrated vinyl junkie"


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Nufonia Must Fall in Shanghai!

Kid Koala is taking the Nufonia Must Fall Live show to Shanghai  for the Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theatre!


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Montreal Dates for Nufonia Must Fall LIVE

September 2 - 5 @ Places Des Arts, MTL

~ the greatest love story of our time ~


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Kid Koala Speaks at the Montreal International Game Summit

On Nov 15, 2015, Kid Koala will be at the Montreal International Game Summit where he'll be sharing his experiences in a session titled "Connecting music and game communities."


A Note from Kid Koala

“One of my fondest memories from childhood was watching Charlie Chaplin films. I remember my whole family, kids, parents AND grandparents, huddled around the screen smiling and laughing along as the story unfolded. Since those days, something about the silent film format has always struck a chord with me. When I was writing Nufonia Must Fall, I always imagined the book being a kind of paperback silent movie. I am so thrilled to be working with director K.K. Barrett, who has had a hand in creating some of my favourite movies and many of the most captivating cinematic visuals in the past 15 years. It has been an amazing experience to see the story literally come to life through this amazing team of set designers, puppeteers and performers. Don’t be fooled by its heavy sounding title, Nufonia Must Fall is just a good old fashioned love story and I hope that audiences will have as much fun watching the show as we have had putting it together!”

– Kid Koala


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World Premiere of Minotaur & Music To Draw To with Kid Koala at the SAT

On May 30, 2015 inside the Satosphère at the Société des Arts Technologiques is being presented the World Premiere of "Minotaur", the latest film from award-winning animator Munro Ferguson with musical scores from Kid Koala. The movie consist of vibrant 3D images flowing through the stages of birth, death and back, evoking universal emotions as the mythic hero experiences the seven stages of the classic archetypal voyage. Kid Koala will also host his popular "Music To Draw To" event on the same day.


McLaren Wall-to-Wall Nominated for a NUMIX Award

The "McLaren Wall-to-Wall" project has been nominated for a NUMIX Award (Prix d'excellence des médias numériques du Québec)! Kid Koala participated in this project by creating an interactive video installation called PHONOPHOTOPIA. This original video work, inspired by McLaren's films has been projected on the façade of the Théâtre de Maisonneuve at the Place des Arts (Quartier des Spectacles).


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US PREMIERE @ BAM NEXT WAVE SEP 17 - SEP 20, 2015

Premiering at BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, USA on, Sep 17 - Sep 20. Bring your loved ones, or bring a stranger! Enjoy an evening of entertainment perfect for the whole family or even for a first date. Get comfy and enjoy the LIVE version of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall.


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Kid Koala's Satellite Concert – World Premiere at Luminato Festival

Get ready to become an integral part of Kid Koala's latest show by accompanying him to create an "ambient vinyl orchestra"! At the show, members of the audience are seated in groups of four at stations equipped with a portable turntable, an effects box and a small crate of color coded vinyl records. The audience is then given visual cues, through subtle colored lighting changes in the room, in order to help Kid Koala put together an orchestra of harmonized turntables that will create a unique, uplifting, dynamic evening of light and music. This performance, inspired by an interstellar journey that separates two lovers, is part of the "quiet time" events presented at Luminato Festival by Kid Koala.

When & Where? June 19-20, 2015 @ The Festival Shed. Tickets are 20$. For reservations: tickets@luminato.com or by phone: 416 368 4849


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McLaren Wall-to-Wall winner of the Boomerang award for Best Interactive Interface

(photo credit: La Presse)

McLaren Wall-to-Wall won the 2014 Boomerang for Best Interactive Interface (except web/mobile medias) awarded by La Presse newspaper. Kid Koala participated in this project by creating an interactive video installation called PHONOPHOTOPIA. This original video work, inspired by McLaren's films has been projected on the façade of the Théâtre de Maisonneuve at the Place des Arts (Quartier des Spectacles).


Creator’s Project / Vice behind the scenes look at Nufonia Must Fall Live

The Creators Project took an exclusive look at the making of Nufonia Must Fall Live. Head over to their website to read the article (by cliking the link above) or watch the video and many others on our webpage.


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Kid Koala heads to Europe for Nufonia Must Fall Live

European tour, premiering at the Roundhouse in London and then moving on to Kampnagel in Hamburg and Noorderzon in Groningen!


Deltron 3030 Tour

Kid Koala is back behind the Deltron 3030 turntables and is touring with the band in support of their sophomore release Deltron 3030 Event 2, which came out worldwide in October of 2013. 13 years after Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala first collaborated on the eponymous debut - they're combing through North America and then hitting up Europe.


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Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville at Sonar

(photo credit: bythefest.com) Kid Koala performed at the 2014 edition of the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. For the occasion he performed Vinyl Vaudeville along with his accompanying dancers!


WORLD PREMIERE! The Lost Train: An Imaginary Journey by Kid Koala and Fred Morin with real food and music

Composer/Turntablist Kid Koala and Fred Morin, co-founder of famous Montreal restaurant Joe Beef, both discovered their passion for trains. This exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience is open to eight people per journey, with only 12 journeys in total. Each journey comes complete with drinks and delicious eats. The Lost Train is an amazing opportunity to have these stars of the music and food scene play and cook for you, as though in your own living room. Your body will be fully fed by these masters of their crafts, while your soul might discover the sweet hunger for places and thoughts you have not travelled to before. Luminato Festival: June 10, 11, 12, 2014.


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WORLD PREMIERE! Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall Live

Directed by K.K. Barrett, Featuring Kid Koala and the Afiara Quartet, NUFONIA MUST FALL LIVE is a graphic novel animated in real time with a live soundtrack. Premiering at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, on June 7, 8 and 9, the show is also being premiered at the Eric Harvie Theatre in Banff, Canada on May 31.


McLaren Wall-to-Wall

Kid Koala and Hololabs collaborate to present an installation as part of the McLaren Wall-to-Wall initiative of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal, celebrating the 100th birthday of Norman McLaren. Located outside Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, Montreal from April 11- June 1, 2014.


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Kid Koala on Tour with Arcade Fire

Look out for Kid Koala on Tour with Arcade Fire!

3/6 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
3/10 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
3/13 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/14 Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
3/16 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
3/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/18 Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena

Kid Koala Provides Original Score for Ken Burns iPad Application

Launched at the Apple Store on Feb 10th, Past is Present is a short by Ken Burns featuring the wonderful fimmaker and his take on the chaos and beauty of history.

Kid Koala provided the original score.


Kid Koala Snack + Bike Tour

View this great video by AJ Korkidakis about Kid Koala and his bike tour. It included 5 stops with different musical set ups and 2 songs paired with snacks at each. The tour began at Dumoulin Bicyclettes on Jean Talon, making stops at Drawn and Quarterly, Tourtiere Australienne, Big In Japan and Le Vieux Port for Pascales All Natural Ice Cream.


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Kid Koala Lends His Unique Sound To The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Last fall, Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann, and co-producer Anton Monsted, came to Kid Koala's Vinyl Vaudeville show in LA and were excited by his aesthetic and totally unique approach to music. They immediately asked him if he would be interested in contributing and the Kid Koala version of the Beyonce and Jay-Z hit Crazy in Love was born. The Great Gatsby hits theatres May 10th with the Deluxe Edition of The Great Gatsby Soundtrack out earlier this week on May 6th on Interscope Records.


Kid Koala’s music for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten’s runway show (Women A/W 2013-2014)

Kid Koala was commissioned to create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Here is the musical atmosphere he created for the Women A/W 2013-2014 Collection of Van Noten.