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About Kitt Wakeley
With a fearless, unapologetic approach to music, Kitt Wakeley creates an electrifying amalgamation of orchestra, rock, EDM, and piano, resulting in an epic cinematic vibe that evokes a variety of emotions.
A largely self-taught musician, Kitt started on horns in his young teens, then moved to keyboards, then on to synthesizers. The discovery of synths resonated especially deeply with Kitt and started him towards what would ultimately be his calling. At 16, he had his first song on local Oklahoma radio. This success led to him writing and scoring various other regional projects. All the while, Kitt was expanding his writing voice and working with deeper orchestration.
Later, Kitt was drawn to the vibrant nature and musical freedom of EDM. Under the moniker of AudioKaoz, he explored genre-bending in his electronic music compositions, blending electronica with rock and other musical elements. The more he wrote/recorded, the more he incorporated the use of traditional sounds, including brass and strings, into his experimentations. Again, and again, he found himself coming back to orchestration.
Wanting to work with large, live ensembles, rather than voicing all the instruments through his synth, Kitt started investigating a way to incorporate orchestration more deeply. He reached out to ensembles in Eastern Europe, a learning process that set the stage for Kitt’s sessions with the award-winning Macedonian orchestra and choir. The resulting album, Midnight in Macedonia, was released in 2018. In all, five different Grammy winners participated in the project with him. To date, the album has received more than one million streams and made the Grammy ballot in four categories.
Expanding on the use of live orchestration in Midnight in Macedonia, Kitt’s upcoming album, Symphony of Sinners and Saints, will be released on May 21, 2021. Symphony of Sinners and Saints boasts a cinematic hybrid of orchestral music, rock, and EDM, featuring stunning compositions, heavy guitar riffs, and thundering drums. The album’s dynamic first single, “Conflicted,” features the best-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, Joe Satriani.
Like Midnight in Macedonia, Symphony of Sinners and Saints incorporates another renowned ensemble - London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). For the album’s October 2020 recording sessions at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios, the RPO was conducted by Cliff Masterson (Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Il Divo, Oasis).
In addition to Wakeley on synths and piano, the album features Satriani on two tracks, plus the talents of guitarists Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Pink, Olivia Newton-John), Grammy-nominated pianist Paul Loomis, Paige Harwell, and Daniel Uribe, bassist Brent Berry, drummer Ryan Miller the London Voices choir (Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, the Hunger Games series), and Dallas’ Gospel of Light Choir. The album was co-produced, engineered, and mixed by three-time Grammy Award-winner Tre Nagella (Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg) at Luminous Sound Studios in Dallas, TX.
While the global pandemic postponed what was to be Kitt’s most ambitious concert to date, a spring 2020 performance at Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra, as soon as he can safely return to the stage, Kitt will once again perform for live audiences. Past audiences, such as the capacity crowd of 2200 at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Event Center, were captivated by his exciting orchestral show.
When Kitt isn't writing and recording for his own projects, he is in high demand producing pop, rock, and country tracks for other artists.