Kika Pulido

FRESH: ‘Hold Me Tight’ – Kika Pulido

Kika Pulido wants you to “Hold Me Tight”

Kika Pulido is a Colombian singer songwriter established in USA for more than two decades. Kika has just released her brand new tune, “Hold Me Tight”, the follow up to “Crazy Time”. Kika studied in music in Colombia , Cuba and the United States and she has a catalog of over 200 songs already! Kika has worked with multiple producers for over 15 years, most notably her studio work covers Alejandro Sanz’s “El Tren de Los Momentos” in 2006, her voice is feature in epic album like “Songs For Kids With Beards” and has worked as voice talent for tv and radio commercials (2006- present) among others.

She teamed up with JP Gasca at Spiral Monkey Music Group as writer/concept-development which produced multiple independent projects of up coming artists for the Latin market. Love jazz, rock and roll, blues, progressive rock, and crooner soul as much as vibe reggae, folk, indie country, and its a sucker for good old pop! Born in Colombia, Kika was always aspired to be a singer/songwriter writing her first song aged 11. She began her classic training at Xavierian University and in which time she was part of a fusion Band called Mundo Bizarro, the Opera choir and the Papa Jazz ensemble.

Kika moved to United States where she settled in Washington D.C to continue her studies in Jazz Performance at the Levine School of Music. Perfecting her unique vocal style and signature rhythm guitar patterns, Kika stayed focused on her life’s experiences and wrote many songs reflecting those experiences and journeys in the new land in the EP “De Pie”. Her devotion to studying the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, and Brazilian masters like Jobim, Buarque, Djavan, and the study of improvisation fueled her creativity. Inspired by a generation living through the golden years of Spanish rock, Kikas influences came directly from bands such as Soda Stereo, and Caifanes.

Icons like Mecano, Duncandu, Guns and Roses, Queen, The Beatles, and Charlie García were all a part of Kika’s musical legends sculpting her to be the artist she is today. In 2004 Kika traveled to Colombia to record her first CD Mito with producer Alfredo Nodarce; and in September of the same year she flew back to the US to finish her musical studies at the University only to move to Miami in early 2005 where her talent was accepted by producers like Lulo Perez (Alejandro Sanz) who featured her on background vocals for El Tren De Los Momentos, and began a series of concerts with her own band in Miami’s local live music scene like Hoy Como Ayer, the legendary Tobacco Road, Transit Lounge, and The Place where her audience was never less than a full house for every event!

Her sound is being identified uniquely and with much thought. Her songs are maturely written and composed and have a distinct sound that people can relate to which clearly shows by the immense response she has been given by the people who has heard her music. In the summer of 2008 she began a series of Concerts along Lulo’s visionary audiovisual project “Donde Se Cruzan Las Artes” (Where Arts Collide), and began to work with producer Simon Gomez in the album “Tu no me conoces”. She has kept on working as a studio singer for various pop producers, and songwriters, vocal couching, as well as collaborating with other writers.

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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!