"If you ever find yourself living your dream, go back to sleep".
Those are the words of Kola "KiiBoard Kid" Bello, a driven and ambitious young man who began his music career as just a keyboardist at the tender age of 16. Now aged 25 his love affair has blossomed into a successful career that has established him as a well -respected name amongst his peers.
He has proven himself to be much more than just a keys player and has demonstrated talent in artist development, brand awareness, live event production and musical direction and has worked independently as a sound engineer and keyboardist/programmer/musical director/production manager for various signed and unsigned artists some of which are Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Wretch 32, Alex Clare, Joe Worricker, Kenzie May, Chasing Pluto and Jo'Leon Davenue.
2013-14 focused on working on his genre flexibility and saw Kola touring with an array of artists on a global level. From private functions, corporate events, TV & Award shows and headline tours. Notably, Alex Clare on his 3rd & 4th US tours comprising of 60 shows across 20+ states.
Early 2013 Kola joined UK Dub Legends ‘Gentleman’s Dub Club’ as a keyboard player and has been instrumental in the writing and production of their forthcoming album ‘Big Smoke’. Gentleman’s Dub Club are leaders in the Dub Reggae movement who dominate the live world touring various festivals across the UK & Europe.
He also joined forces with UK hitmaker Naughty Boy at the height of his campaign in Nov 2013 for his first domestic tour, a string of UK, European & Australian Festivals (FutureMusic) and UK/US TV & Radio Promo (Top Of The Pops, Svenkeld, Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Today Show).
2015 saw Kola join the worldwide campaign of international pop recording artist Ellie Goulding. The Delirium World tour has seen 22+ countries, a multitude of festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Rock Werchter, Glastonbury, Sziget) and countless Radio/TV appearances domestic and international (BBC Radio 1, Graham Norton, Alan Caar, Good Morning America, AMEX/VEVO Unstaged, Ellen, MTV EMA, X Factor, The Voice and countless others).
During this time he has also dedicated his instrumental & production services for artists such as Bonobo, George-The-Poet, Yungen, LOLO, Lily Oakes, Dark Sky, Kate Stewart, Georgia Barnes, Shura, Liza Owen & Vanessa White.
“Say what you think, Act how you feel, Live what you believe”-Kola Bello
In the spring of 2010, Kola was appointed the role of programmer for the No.1 Debut Album Selling Artist 'Tinie Tempah' (EMI, Parlophone). From there he stepped in to realm of Management (Artist & Media Projects) and Event Production which involves him independently consulting for organizations and individuals in regards to tours, events, musical direction, artist development and TV production. For more information click on the external links below.