Kicksound

United Arab Emirates

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Biography

Formed in December 2011, Kicksound is a hard rock trio based in Dubai. A string of energetic live shows caught the attention of Time Out Dubai, which praised the band’s “tight riffing, inventive songwriting and soulful vocals”. The publication went on to shortlist Kicksound for Best Dubai Act in 2013 and 2015.

Kicksound’s long-awaited debut EP - recorded at Soundstruck Studios - received a four-star review in The National, noting the “abundance of musical ideas, stacked and served up with bite and finesse”.

In May 2014, Kicksound impressed a panel of industry judges, winning Best English language Artist at the Zippo Encore Arabia Awards, a competition for original music in the Middle East.
Kicksound was founded by Branislav Trkulja, Gabriel Matute and songwriter Olly Ephgrave. After experimenting with different arrangements, the current line-up consists of Ephgrave on vocals and guitar, Trkulja on drums, Will Skidmore on keys and backing vocals, and Afaq Ahmed on bass.

The band’s sound is influenced by 90s breakthrough acts like Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and Rage Against the Machine, as well as classic rock and metal. Its set includes a mixture of fast-paced punk and groove-based heavy riffing, as heard on its eponymous four-track EP.

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Talent Card

Art Type:

Musician

Location:

United Arab Emirates

Speciality:

Band

Genres:

Alternative, Hard Rock, Original

Events Type:

Bachelor Party, Corporate Event, Private Party, Exhibition, Festival, Public Event, Wedding

Languages:

English

Awards and Recognition

Time Out Dubai - Best Dubai Act 2013

Time Out Dubai - Best Dubai Act 2015

Zippo Encore Arabia Awards - Best English Language Artist

Group Members

Branislav Trkulja

Drums

Will Skidmore

Keyboard & Backing Vocals

Olly Ephgrave

Songwriter, Vocals & Guitar

Afaq Ahmed

Bass

Requirements

  • Tech Rider
  • Sound System

Packages

Live Performance (Commercial Party)

Duration:

2 Hours

Includes:

Instruments

No of sets:

3

Excludes:

Sound Equipment

Price

AED 9200



Live Performance (Private Event)

Duration:

2 Hours

Includes:

Instruments

No of sets:

3

Excludes:

Sound Equipment

Price

AED 5750



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