Australian pop prodigy Kota Banks says she never stops writing new material – she couldn’t if she tried.
Kota has gone from strength to strength since dropping her debut mixtape PRIZE with long-time producer Swick via NLV Records back in 2018. After a few solid singles from the mixtape hit over a million streams (including ‘I’m It’ & ‘Child’), Banks readied a run of singles that would see her continue to grow alongside some of her best work yet.
2019 saw Kota continue to push forward with her brand of forward-thinking pop, & she emerged with singles ’20 Missed Calls’, ‘Big Bucks’, ‘Feel Again’ & ‘Italiana’.
That year, Kota also pushed her songwriting capabilities forward, with two songwriting contributions to Cashmere Cat‘s tracks ‘Watergirl’ and ‘Without You’ off his record PRINCESS CATGIRL. Kota also has a credit on SOPHIE‘s Grammy-nominated album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES. 2019 also saw Kota writing the Australian Women’s FIFA World Cup anthem for The Matildas, ‘Everything We Ever Dreamed Of’ with Ninajirachi, Nina Las Vegas & KLP.
Earlier in 2020, she took on Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ for triple j’s Like a Version, receiving rave reviews from music press & listeners alike.
The rest of 2020 saw Banks keeping inside & staying focused. By July she’d written & released her Sweet & The Spice EP, featuring singles ‘Yes’ & ‘Let U Leave’.
November 2020 saw Kota team up with fellow NLV Records signee Ninajirachi for the release of their collaborative EP, True North. The release garnered widespread acclaim from Australian media, resulting in the pair selling out two shows a mere two days after announcing.
Kota has toured nationally with Falls Festival, FOMO & Spilt Milk festivals, supported indie-pop favourites Mallrat & E^ST, Duckwrth, What So Not & teamed up with CXLOE to perform at Spotify Australia’s inaugural Front Left Live Playlist.
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