Fresh off the back of her latest single, ‘Big Bucks’, Australian pop prodigy KOTA BANKS has today dropped a new track ‘Feel Again’. Listen here.
A buoyant, uplifting banger that captures the heady rush of new love, it’s sure to be the soundtrack of numerous summer romances. The track also comes with a visual by SheIsAphrodite. Watch here.
“I made ‘Feel Again’ in August in Melbourne with my producer Swick,” Banks says. “It’s the only song of mine that I can play on repeat and still adore! I’ve been really obsessed with UK garage and as always, obsessed with how emotionally driven melodies and lyrics can be intertwined properly with dance songs.
“‘Feel Again’ is about undergoing an emotional transition from having a jaded outlook on love, to meeting someone who’s starting to change your mind. Being at the very beginning of getting to know someone where you’re just starting to develop a connection, and realising you like them more than you expected to, and trying to mentally navigate that. I really wanted to turn this feeling into a soundbite… to me it’s a fusion of hopeful, flirty, ecstatic feelings.”
The new track also coincides with the release of the video for ‘Big Bucks’ by Alec Greaves, which casts Banks as a news reader pulling apart the concept of living luxe. Watch here.
It’s been a massive 18 months for the Sydney based songwriter, with the release of her track ‘20 Missed Calls’, a high profile collaboration with Norwegian super producer Cashmere Cat on two tracks from his new album PRINCESS CATGIRL (‘Watergirl’ and‘Without You’) and work on SOPHIE’s 2018 album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES.
Banks was recently added to the prestigious SxSW lineup, hitting the Austin Texas extravaganza in 2020. She is currently on the Spilt Milk Australian tour alongside the like of Khalid, CHVRCHES and Tones and I.
ABOUT KOTA BANKS
After a swag of buzzworthy tracks and a forward-thinking mixtapePRIZE with long-time producer Swick on Nina Las Vegas’ label NLV Records over the last two years, rising star Kota is releasing her new music with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Talent and determination have paid off for the performer whose debut hook-laden single ‘Empty Streets’ with MOZA boasts 19 million streams, alongside millions of plays for singles ‘Holiday’, ‘Zoom’ and ‘I’m It’.
With her infectious melodies, clever tongue-in-cheek lyricism, fresh beats and a big dose of confidence, it’s not hard to see why Kotahas captured attention. Alongside her own growing catalogue and her Cashmere Cat collaborations, Kota also wrote and performed with groundbreaking producer SOPHIE on the track ‘Not Okay’ from the 2018 Grammy Nominated album ‘Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’.
“Working with NLV Records on PRIZE allowed me to take huge creative risks and explore my artistry”, Kota explains. But her musical roots trace back much further in time, and much further afield. Kota, who’s half Italian, spent several years from the age of ten in Florence, where she first found her feet on the stage and behind the microphone.
“I would go to the Duomo, which is the big cathedral in the heart of Florence, for singing lessons. They were opera lessons, actually. Growing up, I did musicals and plays and debating at school. I was very much a drama kid.”
Now, oozing self-belief and a vision in her work that belies her 25 years, Kota credits these formative years with not only setting her on her current path to success but for also giving her the strength to put herself out there to begin with.
Empowerment is a common thread through Kota’s catalogue, and she adds a vital voice to a music scene now buoyed by upcoming strong, talented and self-determined women. With much more music to come, the prolific writer also has a few other tricks up her sleeve.
“I’m totally unable to focus on anything else, but when it comes to writing and creating, I can do it for 10 hours a day and zone out of everything else. Where do I find the time? I don’t know, but I just have to. I love it and live it and breathe it.”
Photo credit: Michelle Pitiris