Originally from Southampton, Kayla moved to Newport to study on the experimental Music course in the arts school (UWN). Whilst studying at Newport she moved to Bristol to experience a more vibrant and eclectic music scene. The vibrant city started to rub off on Kayla and she began shaping a solo career in electronically produced music. Kayla played dot-to-dot festival and Simple Things Festival almost immediately which began the foundations of what became a much bigger project further down the line.
Producer and instrumentalist Kayla Painter writes ambient electronic music. Kayla’s sound draws from techno, garage and post dub; she crafts her experimental soundscapes from intriguing and restless rhythms, surging deep bass lines and warm washes of cloudy ambience.
Aside from her audio work she is seen to perform alongside a visual artist with a dual screen set up. This show consists of projections in front of and behind Kayla, creating a beautiful immersive depth to the visuals. The hypnotising AV show draws on aesthetics and themes seen in her artwork, dystopian futures, uneasy environments, a dream like science fiction that is created with clever use of audio and visual space. The AV show has been well received and gigged across England and Wales.
Kayla Painter has performed at renowned festivals such as; Simple Things, Supernormal,
Pulse Festival and Dot to Dot. Supports for Tim Hecker, Plaid, Patten, Rob Clouth, Nite Jewel, Blondes, and the legendary Afrika Bambaataa have also been well received.
In 2015 Kayla was invited with 12 other female musicians from the UK to take part in a composition residency led by Beth Orton. The week long residency ended in a performance where Kayla collaborated with Beth Orton at Band on the Wall in Manchester.
Building on the success of the eponymous EP and the follow up EP A Very New Everything, Kayla Painter released Ga Ga at the beginning of 2015, the striking video was screened as part of BBC6 Music Festival, Fringe event. The track had numerous plays across shows on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3 Late Junction, and BBC Radio Wales.
Following the success of Ga Ga, Kayla joined the books of the acclaimed Welsh label Turnstile Music at the end of 2015. Launching the signing with a new track release Revert with its iconic video was well received across blogs and even appeared on Stereogum.
Beginning 2016 Kayla teamed up with ex-Trwbador member Accü to produce a collaborative single which the pair released on Turnstile Music in January. Avallaunius received a warm reception, again across BBC3, BBC Wales, BBC introducing etc.
Kayla was named by Bristol 24/7 in their ‘16 for 2016’ article in January. So far in 2016 Kayla has played a sell out show for Howling Owl’s New Year New Noise event, and Headlined Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. She played twice at the BBC 6 Music Fringe Festival, and has played supporting Rob Clouth at Colston Hall.
Aside from her live music Kayla is also a Module Leader and Lecturer at The University of South Wales, where she spends time lecturing on the Creative Sound and Music, and Popular Music undergraduate courses.
Kayla Painter EP: 2012 (self release)
Kayla Painter EP: remastered 2013 (Bit-Phalanx)
A Very New Everything: EP 2013 (Bit-Phalanx)
Railway Lines: Single, 2014 (self release)
Remix EP: EP, 2014 (self release)
Ga Ga: Single, 2015 (self release)
Revert: Single. 2015 (Turnstile Music)
Avallaunius: Collaborative Single 2016 (Turnstile Music)
Management: Turnstile Music