Kito Jempere is a Russian electronic musician, DJ, performer and producer. He is the member of the bands Uniquetunes, Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club, Kito Jempere Band, Mancave and the leader of the solo musical project Toje Kito.
In 2013, Kirill Sergeyev for the first time used the name Kito Jempere to record a track at Freerange Records, a record company owned by British DJ and producer Jamie Odell. Sergeyev said that while choosing this pseudonym he was inspired by the Japanese and Finnish languages. In 2014, Kito Jempere created his own record label Fata Morgana, where Sergeyev released his deep house solo album Objects. The musician described this album's style as 'non-dance electronic music'.
In 2015, Sergeyev made his debut with an improvisational concert of live electronic music. He performed on the new stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre as part of the Open Rehearsal project. The musician's team experimented with using various objects as musical instruments, including a typewriter. Sergeyev performed with DJ Leonid Lipelis, SBPC leader Kirill Ivanov, IOWA drummer Ruslan Gadzhimuradov, multi-instrumentalist Anton Malinen, vocalist Artemy Gubnin, sound engineer Roman Urazov, as well as musicians Georgy Kotunov, Leon Sukhodolsky, Matvey Averin and Igor Shilov. Later Kirill Sergeyev invited Urazov, Gadzhimuradov, Averin and Lipelis to join the main part of the newly created Kito Jempere Band.
In 2016, the band was one of the headliners of the Present Perfect Festival in Saint Petersburg. In 2017, Kito Jempere Band recorded its first album Sea Monster. Ivanov, Kotunov, Sukhodolsky, Shilov and Malinen participated in the creation of this album as session musicians. The predominantly house compositions of the album combined elements of pop ballads and psychedelic music. Sea Monster, described by critics as a 'Petersburg balearic', received positive reviews and worldwide interest. It was released in CD format in Japan, was aired on international radio stations BBC Radio 6 Music, NTS Radio London and was playing on DJ Tim Sweeney's radio show in the US.
In July 2017, Kito Jempere Band took part in the Alfa Future electronic music festival in the Nizhny Novgorod region. In the same month, the band performed in Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow on the stage of the Afisha Picnic festival. Bands such as Kasabian, Foals, the Mushrooms, 5'Nizza, A$AP Ferg, Husky also performed there. A year later, Kirill Sergeyev organized a concert on the main stage of New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg. Electronic musicians from Kito Jempere Band, Mujuice, Jimi Tenor and other performers took part in the concert as invited guests. The key feature of this concert was a symphony orchestra that performed arrangements of Sergeyev's electronic music.
In 2019, Kito Jempere Band took part in several major Russian festivals, including Stereoleto and Alfa Future People. At the Stereoleto festival, held by Tinkoff Bank in the Sevkabel Port art space, the musicians played together with Monetochka, Mumiy Troll and other artists.
In 2020, Kirill Sergeyev recorded another solo album under the name Kito Jempere — Yet Another Kito Jempere Album. This work was the result of Sergeyev's collaboration with a number of Russian and foreign electronic musicians, including Jimi Tenor, Richard Ter — the Red Snapper drummer, Mujuice, Miriam Sekhon, the New Composers and some members of Kito Jempere Band. The eclectic album, which combines compositions in the style of rap, trip-hop, minimal techno, jazz and French chanson, was praised by the critics. For Cosmonautics Day 2020, the New Composers and Kito Jempere released a premiere video for one of the songs from the new album. The live premiere of this album was postponed several times due to the global coronavirus pandemic. As of December 2021, the premiere is scheduled to take place at the Present Perfect festival in the summer of 2022.
Since the summer of 2020, the musician has been involved in the work of the Mancave band, which includes DJ Leonid Lipelis, guitarist Daniil Brod (also known for his participation in the Pompeya band), drummer Ruslan Gadzhimuradov and Grigory Nelyubin. The band presented their first album Berloga in August 2021 as part of the Jameson Yard x Strelka Bar pop-up project in Moscow.
In October 2021, Sergeyev released the mini-album Middle-Aged Hipster Crisis. In this work the musician for the first time used his own voice to record musical compositions.