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Kan Wakan, Music Group Defies Music Genres

Kan Wakan, Music Group Defies Music Genres

    Growing up in the Soviet Union Gueorgui I. Linev’s family did not have much money and they relied on government assistance programs to stay alive. Linev took to soccer and listening to smuggled cassettes from the downtown black market as a way to escape his family’s hardships. Once he and his mother moved to the Idaho Linev lost interest in music and through himself into soccer. He eventually earned a spot at the prestigious U.S. Soccer Development Academy but was soon after diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that halted his plans.
    While undergoing his chemotherapy and radiation treatments Linev began playing guitar as a way to pass the time and became obsessed with the blues, regularly watching videos of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Once Linev graduated high school he attended pre-med classes for six months before quickly realizing that his true passion was music. At 18 years old, he moved to California before he moved to England where he stayed until 2010.
    Once back in California in 2010, Linev formed Kan Wakan as an instrumental project along with lead signer Kristianne Bautista, guitarist Peter Potyondy, drummer Joey Waronker and producer/engineer Darrell Thorp. Kan Wakan is based in Los Angeles and makes orchestral- influenced rock and pop music.
    Kristianne Bautista was born and raised in the L.A. area but she spent short amounts of time in the Philippines throughout her life. Petery Potyondy attended The University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelors degree in both neuroscience and music. Joey Waronker is and American drummer and music producer who is best known as being a regular session musician of both Beck and R.E.M. Darrell Throp is an American record producer, mixer and engineer that has worked on albums for many well known musicians, including Paul McCartney and Radiohead.
    The name Kan Wakan is derived from the Tagalog word “Kalawaka” which relates to space, the universe and the atmosphere. This influence is said to come from the lead vocalist, Kristianne, Filipino’s background.
    Kan Wakan began releasing tracks two years after they formed which earned them KCRW rotation and a contract with Verve Music Group. The group released their first EP in 2013, “Moving On”, landing them airplay on “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and the top spot on BuzzBands.LA’s “Best L.A. Albums” list. Their EP features orchestral parts performed by the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra led by Linev’s uncle, Stefan Linev.
    Kan Wakan has been working for the past 24 months on a new album The group will be releasing a triple LP titled “Phantasmagoria” in the coming months. Right now the album is available for pre order, anyone who pre orders the album will not only receive a digital download of the album on the official release date but also immediate downloads of the singles “I Had To Laugh”, “Molasses” and “I Would”. Every order also comes with complete access to an exclusive area on their website that will have bonus content leading up the to release. This bonus content will allow listeners a behind the scenes view of the groups musical process.
    The Kan Wakan instagram page has over 5,500 followers and their twitter page has over 4,500! Their genre breaking music has attracted fans from all across the board.

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