Featured on npr music's All songs considered
"In Ki5's entry video for "Honey," the Michigan-based performer sings about his stress fading as he returns home to the familiarity of a lover. Like honey, Kyler Wilkins' falsetto is sweet; the layers of loops are sticky and soothing, building to a celebratory bridge, then melting back down to calming waves."
—Elle Mannion, Read full article on NPR
Ki5 takes you on a journey that begins with a single human voice as he creates full, vibrant songs live with his loop station. Drawing from a background in a cappella, this Ann Arbor, Michigan native is rare in that he relies on his body as his only instrument. As he produces layered soundscapes, he displays the beauty of harmony and the energy of the human spirit.
In his short time in the Michigan music scene, he has been able to open for Erykah Badu, play the Ann Arbor Summer Festival multiple times, and become a Sofar Sounds artist.
His debut EP, Looking for the Sun, features songs such as "Ghost" and "Honey" that highlight how mesmerizing and powerful small phrases can be when stacked and sung in a way that they must be acknowledged and felt.
Vocalist, songwriter, and producer Kyler Wilkins from Ann Arbor, Michigan has been performing as Ki5 using nothing but a loop station and a simple effects unit since 2017. Having opened for Erykah Badu, played the Ann Arbor Summer Festival multiple times, and performed as a Sofar Sounds artist, Ki5 represents himself as a seasoned Michigan artist ready to spread his unique love of vocal-driven music to the masses.
His vibrant, harmonic composition style - influenced by his time in a cappella groups - explores every crevice of the human voice meshed with beatboxing and delivers familiar genres such as R&B, pop, and soul. His honest, empathetic, and freeing style has been influenced by Reggie Watts, and Bon Iver.
NPR's All Songs Considered says this about Ki5's 2019 live-looping performance of "Honey" off his first EP "Looking for the Sun": "Like honey, [his] falsetto is sweet; the layers of loops are sticky and soothing, building to a celebratory bridge, then melting back down to calming waves."
Recently, Ki5 has been focused on studio recording and collaborating with fellow artists around the U.S. and Canada to expand upon his vocal-driven style and push himself into new, exciting territory involving more instrumentation. Recent songs such as "Sunny Days - Remix," "Made of Stars," and "Show Me Freedom" are expressions of his musical and personal growth and he hopes his practice of empathy is on display at every performance.