Kinjac is the eclectic electro-hop solo-project of Michael O’Shea. With roots as a drummer, Kinjac never ceases to have a strong focus on heavy-hitting percussion, blending polyrhythmic digital and organic percussion, cinematic melodic soundscapes, and distinct vocals in a mixture that finds similarities in acts like Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack and Radiohead with elements of underground hip-hop. Having studied philosophy and literature, O’Shea is a poetic songwriter whose lyrics weave tales of personal heartbreak, loss and existential anxiety with fears of an Orwellian, dystopian political climate.
After graduating and finishing the album Psychology in 2010, O’Shea managed to end up in an unusual transatlantic relationship with a Swedish girl that led him to move to Stockholm, where he began writing and recording the albums No. 7 and Incandescent. When the relationship collapsed, he returned to his hometown Asheville, NC and spent the following two years in a secluded house in the woods finishing the two albums and producing for artists on the label he founded, Seven Moths Records. His latest album Moths features remixes of hip-hop artists Thavius Beck and Eprhyme.
Kinjac has opened for artists like Saul Williams, Thavius Beck, K-the-I??? and O’Death, and O’Shea has production credits on releases by K Records, Joyful Noise Records, SCI Fidelity Records, and every release on his own label, and he has worked with artists like Eprhyme, C.J. Boyd, and Ali Baba’s Tahini (an Umphrey’s McGee side project).