Kindness is the stage name of British musician Adam Bainbridge. He first drew attention from the media with his cover of The Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party”. His first LP, World, You Need a Change of Mind, was released in 2012.
Joakim is one of France’s foremost electronic musicians, but remains, stylistically, hard to pin down. With a background in classical music, indie rock and mid 90s electronic music it becomes apparent that his lineage has much to do with his breeding.
Our story starts at University, where Joakim found himself the surrogate father of a synthesiser after a departed campus mate callously left it in his room. The debut album ‘Tiger Sushi’ was composed entirely of free-jazz samples in a cheap studio setup, before moving into more personal territory with 2003's sophomore album ‘Fantômes.' In 2007 we saw the release of the ambitious Monsters and Silly Songs’ , combining post-punk, disco, electronics and, well, silly songs.
From here Joakim went a short road of discovery through the media of the Remix, enjoying a prolific period remixing artists such as Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, DJ Mehdi, Cut Copy, Tiga, Fisherspooner, Late of Pier, Max Berlin and Zombie Zombie amongst others. The former informed Joakim's latest album 'Milky Ways' (2009) which combined the charm of Kosmische with the efficiency of Pop Music. "Making a pure dance album would almost be like composing an album entirely in F major,” says Joakim. “I jump from one idea to the next. I simply have to try everything and see where it leads, to find my way."