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“Kirin J Callinan is 2013′s most kinetic, confounding, and exciting “new” artist. For real! This is an opinion easier to come upon, and maintain, if you’ve had the good fortune of seeing him live intermittently over the past six months, as I have. (At Glasslands for CMJ, where he ruled, and a few weeks ago in a startlingly intimate 40-person theater near Union Square, where he ruled again, this time as a campy mix of Scott Walker and Patrick Bateman.)” –Stereogum
“On the title track of his debut LP Embracism, Australian howler Kirin J Callinan introduced himself with fight music. His approach to love-themed music sounds every bit as confrontational on his second single, as sharp guitar chords are erratically scraped, mangled, and pitch-shifted throughout “Love Delay” while Callinan belts out lusty lyrics in a throat-shredding howl and personifies fire so he can commune with it. Between the two songs, he establishes an understandable artistic premise, to imply the scraps and conflicts of the schoolyard and the bedroom are triggered by the same animalistic urges.” –Pitchfork
2011 saw Donny Benét bursting onto the scene with the release of his debut album Don’t Hold Back. Armed with a Drum Machine, Fender Rhodes and a Moog Synthesizer with a pitch bender that won’t stop, Donny stepped up to the plate and delivered a sound full of sophistication, sexuality and street heat. Don’t Hold Back. Sophisticated Lover. The Girls of Japan. Let’s Make it Right Tonight. These songs were the new take of Italo Disco Funk that would make even legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder feel like a proud Uncle.
2012 saw the release of Benét’s latest offering Electric Love. Reflecting the highs and lows of life on the road through the eyes of a modern day Italo funk artist, themes of heat, love, war and self-belief are played out in Donny’s newest treat.
Donny is also expecting album #3 in 2015 and is promises to be of more romantic assistance than any internet dating service.
Touring Australia consistently since 2011 and supporting artists such as Warpaint, John Maus and Dan Deacon, Donny has also been invited to play at the Mona Foma Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide festival, Vivid Live and Big Day Out where he tore up the dance floors of the country’s most highbrow venues.
2014 saw the emergence of the Donny Benét Show Band. With the professional touch, Benét’s hits are performed by a crack team of musicians who almost impregnated the city during their residency at the 2014 Sydney festival. Like the clear plastic covered furniture in any Italian household, the Show band is definitely brought out for special occasions.