Kid Koala is a creative jack of all trades. The artistic dynamo, whose real name is Eric San, is forging a path in an ever-growing number of creative outlets while combining the media together to create a synthesis of art, design, music and tech.
The unorthodox Canadian turntablist has done everything from creating his own music to soundtracking others’ projects, graphic novels, comics and more.
“I see these as all being connected somehow, sometimes in hindsight it makes more sense,” he said.
His latest endeavor is in the world of video games, helping to design as well as creating the soundtrack for the game “Floor Kids.” Kid Koala is taking the soundtrack, released April 27, on the road as part of his eclectic Vinyl Vaudeville tour.
San said he is planning the interactive high-energy show, some of which will be improvised, and is even bringing a traveling arcade along as an incentive to get fans to come early.
Even though each show on this tour is heavily produced, it will be a unique experience for fans, allowing ample space for improvisation and surprise, Kid Koala said. He has recently hd fans jumping on stage to perform with him using their own turntables, which helped to create the layers of the songs live.
“We’re just going to try to start crazy, and with every subsequent act get crazier and louder,” Kid Koala said.
In the premier episode of our new audio series, RIFF Radio, Kid Koala covers a wide range of topics, including his start in electronic music and how he has seen the genre develop, how he blends varies artistic endeavors, his soundtrack and film work, and his interest in curating and developing the live experience for fans.
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