Jamaican music and sound system culture has long been an integral part of multiple musical genres emerging from the capital, initially with mods and skinheads - and their love of ska in the 60s - to more recently with dubstep and grime artists sampling classic roots records. Having grown up in West London, it perhaps comes as no surprise that these genres would prove influential for singer, songwriter and producer Federico Marin aka Kiko Bun.
After a number of years writing, singing and producing, the hard work paid off resulting in last year's summer banger, 'Sticky Situation', which later led to him being snapped up by Island Records.
Having toured the UK with The Wailers at the back end of last year, Kiko Bun has scored himself a slew of UK festival dates this year, ranging from The Great Escape to Love Saves The Day and Lovebox to Secret Garden Party. On top of that, his latest track, 'Where I'm From', produced by Cadenza and Ticklah, is out now with a limited edition 7" vinyl set for release on June 15th.
Ahead of his busy gig schedule, we caught up with Kiko to get his top tips for festival survival, as well as his favourite experiences to date, all of which you can read below.
For me it would have to be baby wipes and a torch!
Your top tip for not burning out on the first day:
Just take it easy and try and see all corners of the festival and enjoy the music.
How do you decide which acts to see to avoid clashes?
I always compromise, I like seeing the acts I love more. But even if it means I only see half of one set and half of another so be it!
What’s your go-to festival outfit?
That would have to be my Jamaican coloured shorts, a big sleepless T-shirt and my bucket hat with some dope ass shades.
Who are the people to avoid at a festival?
There's nobody to avoid at festivals apart from the annoyingly drunk people who love to elbow me in the face during unexpected mosh pits!
What’s your best festival experience so far?
The best festival moment for me was when David Rodigan played a wonderful set at last year's Secret Garden Party. The sun was beaming and everyone was having fun. It was a real moment.
‘Where I’m From’ is available now and as a limited edition 7” complete with dub version on the flip on June 15th.