Kai Mata

The Kai Mata Worldn

Heartfelt emotions emanate from her guitar, while truth flows through her lyrics. She invites her audience into her world. Kai Mata is an Indonesian-American Singer/Songwriter whose personal lyrics and soulful voice transport listeners into her wild journey: a twenty-year-old who has spent the past seven years exploring the Earth, and thus herself. Kai Mata is best known for her emotive singing, impressive instrumental versatility, and vulnerable lyricism that paints the human existence. She struts on stage not just to perform, but to create an impactful experience. Bringing her audience on a voyage full of laughter and tears, she and her listeners unite in a symbiotic relationship. Going to a Kai Mata show is to hop into a time machine. Expect to be transported: into the past and future, deep into the present moment, and into the places that make us all human. She’s shared her music around the world, from Egypt to India to Australia to her most current home, Indonesia, and she is excited to share it with you.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music lives as a way to combine rhythms, melodies, and beats to surpass what sole words can accomplish on their own. It encompasses emotions and the existence of grief, love, joy, confusion, and melancholy, all through ways connected to the heart. It gives me a medium to share the fruits of my soul in a way I know others will enjoy and appreciate.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

American Authors, Trevor Hall, Mumford & Sons, Kacey Musgraves.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

How to express oneself in a way others can understand.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Connected. I aspire to create relations at the heart level, going beyond the surface and diving into the depths of us that define our essence. To move people with words is to create a bond, where an individual and I can journey together into our light and our shadows.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I work with local producers, videographers, and session musicians when I record, and consistently go to open mics and the other gigs around town. We make an effort to jam together, and know each others' songs by heart. I'm a big fan of working with the people around me, helping fellow friends with gigs and their merchandise in the areas I feel strong in, knowing they will reciprocate.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Tenacity, persistence, and continuous growth of booth musicianship and music business/marketing knowledge.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Shook Twins, Burudu, Rizal & the Rasendriya, and Woodlock.