Kinzie is a band that is made of two strange individuals. Ashley Windsor: A fiery explosive ball of energy who's stage presence can rock out like her mentors before her such as Karen O . P.Ori: A musical madman who's gift of melding textures and melody into a strange yet familiar sound
Phillip Horry, better known by his stage name Phillip Ori or P. ori, is the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and co-founder of Kinzie. Growing up on funk and jazz records from his family's cd collection, Ori's musical began to grow to venture to jazz fusion. Ori's first exposure to rock music was hearing "21st century schizoid man". In high school, he would play bass in several school bands. It wasn't until 2007 he formed Bremen with Zach Reagh, Tyler Godsy, And Doug Franks. Ori's mathy guitar playing, creative bass playing, and songwriting helped make hits like "Gaelic Tongues" or the single, "Dwell". The band played with national acts such as the Protomen and So Many Dynamos. After playing out and one album, Bremen disbanded and split up in 2011. Ori used his down time to create several projects and started playing solo shows and jazz gigs. He started writing and recording with Lester Nuby, former drummer of Verbena. He decided to start a band with his friend, Ashley Windsor. They recorded their demo ep, "We were limited, but we'll make do"- a 4 song ep filled with shoegaze, garage rock, math rock, and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of Flaming lips and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They are currently finishing up their next ep which Ori says "It's acoustic, but it's Kinzie's version of acoustic"
Ori's unique and unorthodox guitar techniques help define Kinzie's sound. "All I want is to make money so I can spend it on making more records with as many artists as possible. Playing music is more enriching than making that one hit single".
"It's rare to find a band as young as [Maroon 5] were who play drums and guitars but aren't a stereotypical rock band. My thought was their music was advanced for its time, but when the album came out it would be where music was going. Sure enough ..." Interview with Ben Berkman, EVP at A&M/Octone for Maroon 5