The quartet – Ted Hartog (vocals, keys), Alex Clayton (drums, percussion), Hunter Mulkey (bass) and Julia Meredith (winds, horns) – has found its sound. From a debut self-titled EP to a danceable single, “Stranger,” Miki Fiki’s music has been influenced by artists as varied as Anderson .Paak to Ben Folds. The jazz/funk instrumentals combine with lyric-heavy verses and big harmonies to create a sonic landscape as indie as it is pop.
“There’s a playfulness to it,” Ted says. “I’ve been a bit sensitive my whole life, and time always seems to reveal an element of drama in those emotionally-charged experiences. [The emotions] are valid and what you feel is what you feel. But this band is a place to look at those emotions, those real, lived experiences, and throw a soft smile on the whole thing.”