Kikta is a multi-disciplinary performer; a singer, a songwriter and a creator of distinctive soundscapes. She makes a point of allowing these disciplines to bleed into each other. Nowhere is this more apparent than during onstage and live performances as she utilises field recordings, multi-layered lyrics, various musical instruments as well as unorthodox ways of using her own voice and movement.
Katarina started life in the snowy mountains of communist-controlled Czechoslovakia, came to London with forty pounds in her pocket and set about working her way through a Performing arts degree. Although she has always been a prolific writer of songs, she was to become a screen actress, video and sound artist, before she started to sing her own songs.
On this journey, she overcame mental illness, a paralysing lack of self-confidence, and recovered to become a qualified therapist & yoga and meditation teacher, self-funding her creative ambitions.
Self-development and growth are indeed a strong theme running throughout her work. Whilst most of the music Kikta produces is comprised of electronic elements, she often employs exotic instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, water-phones, angel forks- instruments normally found in the realm of sound-healing and mysticism, perhaps evidence of her background, and a clue that she is interested in making music which elevates and inspires others.
Self-expression through songwriting, dance and painting carried her through the hardest times and her self-confessed mission is to help others through her music with her truthful, unpretentious and vulnerable lyrics.
A reoccurring notion prevalent in much of her work is that there is no experience that is so dark and intolerable that cannot be turned into a strength that can serve you. Many of Kikta’s lyrics she describes as conversations or dialogues in the mind.
“It is my responsibility in this life to channel and translate the things that come to me and give them words and melodies so that they can move onwards on their own journey, it is important they don’t stop with me.”
Her music encounters our everyday stories and questions our perception of time, present moment, dreams & realities, space and atmosphere, this is augmented by her visual work. She has produced and performed in a number of music videos to accompany her sounds, which often cross the boundary from music video to art film to drama and back again.
Katarina is currently working on her first album The Primer and will be releasing her first single early 2019.