From the singing fashion designer
Kristof’s art extends to music which has always been a big part of his life. “I come from a musical family, my father directed the church choir and I sang together with my mother. Just like designing, to me music is a process that has a healing as well as a tonic effect, I have an urge to create, which forces me to stay active.” he explains.
Kristof draws from his upbringing and a diverse set of musical heroes and influences including Nat King Cole, Roxette, Sinead O’Connor, the Righteous Brothers, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding to create his own distinctive blend of baroque art pop.
While musicians often branch out into fashion, Kristof Buntinx is doing the opposite. Kristof is currently working towards a full album release of original material.
He wrote his first number, ‘Where are you now’ in just 30 minutes. That first single and the matching cinematographically inspired video, were purposely debuted on 11 September, through Amuse.
Buntinx drew inspiration for“Where are you now” from the events of 9/11, the day on which, in his own words, he lost his innocence and discovered fear and hate. “With this track I wanted to stress the feeling that the world will never be the same,” says the singer. Yet according to Buntinx, this is above all a song that aims to offer solace.”
Kristof released his second single ‘Blue Bubblegum’ on the eve of Armistice Day to highlight the gun crime in the US. More than 300 million rifles and pistols are in use in America and African American’s are 12 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than a Caucasian.
The Blue Bubblegum lyrics tell the story of a boy from the Bronx who after stealing a stick of chewing gum, gets shot by the store owner. The consequences are disastrous: the boy dies, the store owner is prosecuted and the victim’s close family is left behind grieving.
Kristof explains “To me Blue Bubblegum is a modern slave’s song. A negro spiritual, which I interpreted in a contemporary way.”
The accompanying animated video playfully contrasts with the songs deeper message.
“Kristof Buntinx is a force of nature, don't be fooled, this is pop with a message.”
— Right Chord Music.