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Kan Wakan

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Kan Wakan
Genrestrip hop, experimental, soul, psychedelic, folk rock
Years active2013–present

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Based in Los Angeles, Kan Wakan is the producer project of multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and film composer Gueorgui Linev.[1] Kan Wakan's music is often described as a blending of genres, most often including orchestral movements, experimental rock, and jazz fusion, along with folk, hip hop, and orchestral pop, to name a few.

Music Career[edit]

Kan Wakan released debut single 'Forever Found,' in July of 2012. Immediately upon release the single was picked up by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic which featured the track every day for a week, calling it "an ambient, slightly psychedelic trip."[2] The initial success of the single lead to a record deal with Verve Records, who released Kan Wakan's first full-length album, 'Moving On,' in 2014.[3]

in 2014 Kan Wakan released the debut 13 track album 'Moving On' on Verve Records. The album was praise by Rolling Stone who called the it "exceptionally interesting... dreamy, intricate stuff worth repeated re-hearings."[4] Upon release, 'Moving On' peaked at #37 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

Following the release, Kan Wakan performed the album live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Ecclectic on June 20, 2014.[5]

Yahoo! Music listed Kan Wakan as one of the "11 Best New Artists of 2014" and the success of 'Moving On' lead to Gueorgui Linev being named one of "The 10 Best Young L.A. Songwriters" by LA Weekly in 2014.[6][7]

In 2015, Kan Wakan released a 24 track remix album, 'Moving On Remixed' included Wet's version of "Like I Need You" which EARMILK called "absolutely stunning...and absolutely addicting."[8] Moving On Remixed was released on Noisetrade.

In August of 2016, Kan Wakan released 'Molasses,' which was named "Today's Top Tune"[9] by Los Angeles based radio station KCRW, and premiered in Nylon Magazine[10]. Followed by positive reviews from notable music blogs, including Indie Shuffle,[11] the track hit #2 on Hype Machine.[12] Following the successful momentum of 'Molasses,' Phantasmagoria's second single 'I Would' reached #2 on Hype Machine after Clash Magazine premiered the track, calling it "Absorbing"[13] and was later placed in Indie Shuffle's "Best of October" Playlist.[14]

2 months later in January 2017, Kan Wakan's 3rd single "I Had To Laugh," featuring Rachel Fannan, premiered on Consequence of Sound along with the announcement that 'Phantasmagoria' will be released in May 2017.[15] The album is currently available for pre-order on PledgeMusic. [16]

In February 2017, Kan Wakan performed 3 headlining shows across California. Buzzbands LA called the show at The Bootleg in Los Angeles, "a 90-minute spell... jaw-dropping on a lot of levels" continuing to comment "When was the last time the headliner at a club show played all-new material for more than 90 minutes?."[17]

On April 4, 2017, Pigeons and Planes premiered Phantasmagoria's 4th single "Still Feather" featuring Saigo.[18] The song subsequently reached #1 on Hype Machine and was named "Best New Track" by High Clouds.[19] [20] The track also garnered radio play by DJ Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1 and on KCRW.

Production Work and Film Scoring[edit]

Lonely World[edit]

Debuted on September 28 in Pitchfork, Moses Sumney's single "Lonely World" was produced by Gueorgui Linev.[21] Pitchfork also named the song "Best New Music"[22] and Stereogum called the track "a heavy, spacious soul song that builds to something absolutely shattering."[23] The track also prominently featured Thundercat, Ian Chang, Tosin Abasi, and Joshua Willing Halpern.

Dead Draw Film Score[edit]

Premiering at the San Diego Film Festival in October 2016, Dead Draw received the festival's Audience Award for "Best Narrative Feature."[24] Gueorgui Linev composed the films critically acclaimed score along with his long-time friend, Mark Yaeger. The film was written and directed by Brian Klemesrud and stared Gil Bellows and Michael Eklund.


Live Band[edit]

Kan Wakan's core live band includes guitar, bass, keys, and drums, and each show features unique guest players. In the past, Kan Wakan's live shows have featured violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, viola-cello duo Strings Massive (Thomas Lea, Claire Courchene), saxophonist Ted Tafaro, keytarist Brandon Coleman, harpist Cristina Black, and many others. In addition, Kan Wakan's live shows feature multiple vocalists. Past vocalists have included: Elle Olsun (2015-present), Kristianne Bautista (2012-14), Rachel Fannan (2016-present), Kadhja Bonet (2015), Moses Sumney (2014), Saigo (2015-present), and Niia (2015) to name a few.

Notable Live Performances[edit]


  • February 18 - headlined The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
  • February 16 - headlined The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
  • February 15 - headlined Don Quixote in Santa Cruz, CA


  • October 16 - supported Lianne La Havas at The Fonda Theatre
  • October 18 - supported Lianne La Havas at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
  • September 24 - headlined club Mixtape 5 in Sofia, Bulgaria


  • December 9 - headlined the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
  • October 30 - supported Artic Monkeys at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX
  • October 14 - supported Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto[25]
  • September 13 - headlined Saturdays off the 405 at The Getty Center in Los Angeles
  • August 15 - performed at Echo Park Rising 2014
  • June 21 - headlined KCRW's Summer Nights at One Colorado in Pasadena, CA
  • June 18 - performed at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, CA
  • May 8 - performed at The Great Escape Festival 2014 in Brighton, UK
  • May 1 - performed at Liverpool Sound City 2014 in Liverpool, UK
  • March 7 - performed at Viva Phoenix 2014
  • February - Featured Residency at Echoplex in Los Angeles


  • October 18 & 19 - performed at Bowery Ballroom and Pianos as part of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon

Streaming, Radio, and TV[edit]


On Spotify, "Why Dont You Save Me?" has 1.43 million streams, while "Like I Need You" has 557k, "Molasses" has 341k, and "Moving On" has 212k streams.

On Soundcloud, "Molasses" has over 230k streams while "I Would" has 109k streams.


United States[edit]


  • Kan Wakan performed live on KCRW's Morning Become Eclectic - June 20, 2014[27]
  • Has played 'Midnight Moon Pt.2' regularly since 2014, and as recently as September 29, 2016
  • Named 'Molasses' "Today's Top Tune"[28]

United Kingdom[edit]

BBC Radio 6 first spun Kan Wakan's single "Moving On" in 2014. Since then, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio 6 have all spun Kan Wakan tracks, including recurring airplay for "Molasses" and "I Would."



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Label Chart position Notes Album Refs
2014 "Forever Found" Verve Records [citation needed]
2014 "Like I Need You" Verve Records Used in HBO's 2014 Spring Preview [29]
2014 "Why Don't You Save Me Verve Records Insert song in NBC television program State of Affairs, season 1 episode 4: "Bang, Bang" [30]
2016 "Molasses" Murmur Insert song for Queen Sugar season 1 finale episode "Give Us This Day" [citation needed]
2016 "I Would" Murmur [citation needed]
2017 "I Had to Laugh" Murmur [citation needed]


Albums and details Peak positions
Billboard Heatseekers Albums
Phantasmagoria Vol.1
  • Date released: August 31, 2018[31]
Moving On Remixed
  • Date released: March 2015
Moving On
  • Date released: June 3, 2014
  • Record label: Verve Records


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  2. "Oren Lyons band we love". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. "Moving On - Amazon". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  4. "Rolling Stone Magazine - Kan Wakan Are Moving On". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. "KCRW Morning Becomes Ecclectic - Kan Wakan Live June 20, 2014". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  6. "Yahoo! Music - 11 Best New Artists of 2014". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  7. ""The 10 Best Young L.A. Songwriters" by LA Weekly in 2014". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  8. "Clash Magazine Premiere - I Would". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. "KCRW Today's Top Tune - Molasses". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  10. "Nylon Premiere - Molasses". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  11. "Indie Shuffle Review - Molasses". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  12. "Indie Shuffle Review - Molasses". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  13. "Clash Magazine Premiere - I Would". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  14. "Indie Shuffle's Best of October" Playlist 2016". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  15. "COS Premiere". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  16. "Pledge Music". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  17. "Kan Wakan cast a 90-minute spell at the Bootleg Theater". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  18. "Pigeons and Planes". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  19. "Hype Machine". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  20. "High Clouds Twitter". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  21. "Moses Sumney Shares Video For New Song "Lonely World" Featuring Thundercat: Watch - Pitchfork".
  22. "Pitchfork Review - Lonely World".
  23. "Moses Sumney – "Lonely World" (Feat. Thundercat)".
  24. "The party's on: San Diego International Film Festival set Sept. 28 to Oct. 2".
  25. "Lee's Palace - Royal Blood 10/14".
  26. "KCRW Playlist Search".
  27. "KCRW Morning Become Eclectic".
  28. "Kan Wakan Molasses - KCRW".
  29. "Entertainment Weekly - Hear Kan Wakan's new track 'Like I Need You', a.k.a. the song from HBO's new promo".
  30. "Tune Find - State of Affairs Season 1 Episode 4".
  31. "iTunes".
  32. "Kan Wakan- Moving on". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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