FRESH: ‘One Day’ – Riiki

Riiki debuts with “One Day”!

by Christopher Smith

New Zealand newcomber Riiki has released her debut single “One Day”. The track is about desiring that one day something you really want will be right where you want it to be, whether that is a dream, goal or a person. You dream about it so much that it absorbs every part of your brain, wishing you had it. The track ultimately puts you in a dream state thinking about your own “One Day” thoughts. That soaring journey up into the sky when you’re enchanted by a song is rare charm to find. Riiki, is the epitome of an addiction sure to make you feel amongst the clouds. Uprising Wellington born, 20 year old Riiki, has quickly snatched the attention of the music scene in the short amount of time her name has existed in the music world. Now in 2019, with a sharpened and unique spin on today’s indie-pop world, Riiki is set to leave you in a trance.

The past year for this unique up and coming artist has been jam-packed with preparation, working alongside Roundhead Studio’s mixing/producing prodigy Simon Gooding to deliver her first debut single “One Day”. Her musical craft is infused by a diverse range of styles stretching across many genres. With a large scale range of influences such as Yellow Days, James Blake, JeffBuckley, Sampha, Mermaidens, Toro y moi, Steve Lacy and Jorja Smith to name a few, combining all her influences to blend her own unique sound, Riiki produces every aspect of her music herself as her open diary, hoping to inspire and relate to others experiencing the same realms of young teen/adulthood. This is only the beginning with what is guaranteed a lot more to follow and for Riiki, 2019 is only just about to kick off.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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