KIAN stepped into the spotlight with his killer chorus on Baker Boy’s debut track Cloud 9 back in May 2017. 16-year-old KIAN hails from the goldfield town of Castlemaine. A life surrounded by music, songwriters, and rappers – he’s no stranger to the inner workings of the music scene.

Since the age of two KIAN’s been travelling with his dad making music in remote Indigenous communities. It was at Beswick Community [NT] that KIAN met Baker Boy. Aged 13 & 17 the connection was instant. A few years on the crew were at a loose end and decided to create Cloud 9. KIAN stepped up to the microphone and delivered his killer hook smashing it out of the park. Inspired and encouraged by Baker Boy KIAN began focusing on his own songs.

Since that time he has been listed in triple j’s “best new music” [Feb 2018]. “Waiting” is the first song he wrote, and the second to be released after releasing his debut “Too Far Gone” with Vince the Kid earlier this year. Now KIAN has just been crowned the winner of this year’s triple j Unearthed High competition, stunning the judges with his song ‘Waiting’, an insightful slice of neo-soul expressing uncharted feelings.

KIAN is playing his first solo show later this month, performing with a four-piece band at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale – the perfect prep for his BIGSOUND debut in Brisbane.

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