Joakim Ijaes was born in Helsinki. Initial forays into making sounds with violins and pianos soon gave way to the mechanical beats of hip-hop, mixed together with more popular sounds.
Before he was old enough to enter a club, Kiki was holding down a weekly residency at Helsinki’s Tempo Club, which was swiftly followed by another at the Smile Club. A move to Berlin in 1994 to study architecture was the catalyst for Kiki to step in to the realms of a serious dj. With his profile as a dj growing it was two short steps to releasing his first record on BPitch Control in 2001 with which he entered the BPitch family. Kiki has been asked to provide remixes and productions for labels as diverse as Bugged Out, Playhouse and Crosstown Rebels.
His debut album “run with me”, released in 2004 on BPitch Control, was an international success, and led to the video for “shake off” (a collaboration with silversurfer and captain comatose) being playlisted by MTV. Kiki has grown and matured and discovered a yearning to explore deeper and more personal forms of expression in music, which led to his second album “Kaiku” (which means echo in finnish) in late spring of 2009.