Kim is a singer/songwriter based in Wellington, New Zealand. His music is reminiscent of Elliot Smith, The Sundays and various Finn family members.
Half told stories, hung from melodies that are hard to shake... Kim's brand of bitter-sweet folk/pop music is just plain pretty.
Kim has been writing, recording and performing his music for over 20 years. Since an intense two years working with his previous band "Jennifer Says", Kim has been distracted by his work as a comedian and variety entertainer, but he has returned to the musical side of the industry with his debut solo album Cold Since June (2010)
“Jennifer Says” was active from 1999 until 2001. During that time, they played extensively around Wellington, placing 2nd in the Temple Bar singer songwriter national final. The band also appeared live on "Space" (TV2) with the song “Right Here”.
Kim's song "Metronome" sat at number 1 on Palmerston North's Vision 100 FM, and was featured on the South Pacific Pictures series "Mercy Peak" (2001 - 2003).
Much of the next ten years was spent touring his comedy/circus show through Canada, Europe and New Zealand. While he continues to work in this field, Kim returned to a more musical focus in 2010.
The self produced album "Cold Since June" (2010) sports a possible over indulgence of synths and loops, but the result is a rich and vibrant collection of smartly crafted pop/folk songs.
Kim has already largely completed a follow up album, with much more of a stripped back folk feel to it, focusing on guitars and vocals. While that album is still in progress, a side project with film maker Adam Simpson has morphed from a custom written song for Simpson's video concept, into a 4 song EP offering.
What people say...
"... luminescent slices of soulful guitar pop... sounded big, warm and very tasty. Might make you think of Neil Finn... more intensity than Crowded House." - City Voice, Wellington
Well-recorded Folk-Pop features organic-sounding acoustic guitars and hushed, layered vocals a la Elliott Smith. Temperaments range from sunny and feel good to brooding and introspective. Catchy." - Listen.com
"Kim Potter reminds me that singer/songwriters from New Zealand are as talented as the rest of the planet. Following in the footsteps of brilliance, Kim Potter picks up where Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn left off. This record is a true pleasure from start to finish."
Silly Rock Snob - itunes Canada