Experience the Enchanting Voice and Experimental Sounds of CIFIKA Thoughts+Photos: Cifika at Cheer Up Charlies During SXSW 2/15/23
AUSTIN, TX- “I had heard quite a bit about CIFIKA prior to seeing her perform this year in Austin. Several photographers who had caught her performance the last time she was in town for SXSW noted that it was a spectacle, with incredible three-dimensional stage production and a futuristic costume. While there were no holograms floating around her for this performance, I was still impressed with what was presented.
CIFIKA, whose real name is Kim Yeo Jin, is a South Korean recording artist known for her unique blend of electronic music, alternative pop, and experimental sounds. She gained recognition for her distinctive voice, introspective lyrics, and captivating visuals, as noted earlier. CIFIKA has also collaborated with other notable artists and producers. She has worked with renowned electronic musician and producer Yannick Ilunga, better known as Petite Noir, on the track “Drugs,” and has collaborated with producer and DJ Park-Gi-Woong on “Momom” and “Sinner.”
CIFIKA’s performance got off to a bit of a rough start, with both her team and the venue stage managers trying to figure out why her instruments weren’t working correctly for a good 15-20 minutes past her start time. The snags notwithstanding, as soon as her music started pulsing through the venue’s speakers, fans new and old got to experience CIFIKA’s unique style and boundary-pushing approach to music. The experimental soundscapes she was able to create on stage through the use of synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments to manipulate and layer her music resulted in a rich and textured sound, which was very satisfying.
This was my first experience with CIFIKA’s music and live performance, so while I can’t dive deep into the specific nuances of lyrics or the evolution of her sound, I found her voice to be quite emotive even amidst the flurry of synthesized sounds. There was always an ethereal aura to her melodies that, regardless of whether she was singing in English or Korean, drew her audience and created a veritable intimacy with the audience.”