Rising indie-popster RIIKI delivers a sonic switch up with her latest single. ‘In The Moment’ delves into the world of melancholic sentiment and R&B-infused pop, showcasing another facet of the versatile musician that is RIIKI.
With the track out to the public today, this release coincides with RIIKI’s first-ever headlining tour presented by Live Nation & WME (with support from Vodafone and Ones To Watch) starting today (May 14th) at Auckland’s Whammy Bar and on May 21st in Wellington at Meow with her live band and support from Eli Superflyy. Tickets still available from livenation.co.nz
Whilst in LA on a music trip the week before Covid closed New Zealand's borders, ‘In The Moment’ was invented, written and produced alongside California-based producers Alex Wilke and Jared Khan. With the impacts of the pandemic, the New Zealand artist shares that it hasn't made sense to release the track until now: "It's been that song I've wanted to get out and just haven't been able to. It's finally going to happen, which is exciting.”
The song’s inspiration stemmed on the final day of her overseas trip, while RIIKI was feeling motions of homesickness distracting her from being present in the moment encapsulating the experience. “I had been to a Tove Lo concert with my manager the night before the session. I woke up the next day so despondent, was kinda shitty weather outside, slightly hungover and craving a hug and my friends and family back home. I spent the whole night at the concert messaging all my pals every detail going on, really I should have been embracing the moment.
Her most popular release ‘High Heights’ is RIIKI’s second-ever release, co-produced by Simon Gooding (projects include P!nk, Dua Lipa and Migos) which stunned an appearance’s on various NZ charts and gained international attention. The track also made it on Apple Music’s A-list Pop and New Music Daily playlists, and featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists in NZ/AU, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and also became the cover of the popular Spotify playlist ‘Pop Edge’. Since then, RIIKI has grasped people’s attention with follow-up singles ‘Share Your Luv’ and her most recent release ‘Good Times’ which gained the #1 spot on the Hot NZ Singles Chart.