In our next Artist Interview, we chat to East Yorkshire electro empresario, Kev La Kat.
S] Hey Kev, how are you doing today, man?
K] Yeah, good man feels good to get these tracks out nearly didn’t happen. I’ve had a nice day trying to spread the word about ‘Play Me’ drinking coffee, and eating some nice food.
S] Talk us through the new EP, dude – what inspired you to create everything we are listening to?
K] During the first lockdown I decided to go through the 100s of nearly finished tunes I’ve made over last 5 years and think about finding the best, then re-working ‘em, adding extra bits and putting together as a long player using the speech samples I found on YouTube to bridge it all. But, then disaster struck and my new computer died, so I abandoned the project when lockdown finished. Then, into the second lockdown I decided to try finish it, I found all the full existing mixdowns, and spliced together my favourite bits and went for it.
S] What about yourself – outside of music, what gets you going, think movies, people and places for example?
K] I think people’s reaction to music really inspires me, the people who really love music and are passionate about it. Seeing people dance, get excited about a random bass solo, sing-along perfectly – that just makes me wanna make sounds in the studio.
S] What would you say your biggest challenges are as an artist at the moment, aside from Covid?
Surely I can’t answer this without it being connected to the c word. Personally I’m really, really missing playing gigs, djing and seeing bands and djs, festivals and people dancing on mass.
S] Big fan of ‘Bye Bye Pretty’ and ‘I Like Your Face’ and have had both on repeat this afternoon – what are some of your own favourite moments and experiences creating the record?
Thanks Dom, I think every track on here I’ve been buzzing about when I first created them and excited to add more parts and see where they go, but at some point every tune I work on just becomes annoying by the time its finished. I guess my favourite of all the stages is when the tracks are first formed and I get to play my instruments and jam around. Also, I love it when a little vocal ideas pop outta thin air at 3am usually.
S] Now then, if you could soundtrack an existing film with this record, what film would you pick and why?
I’m not sure I’ve seen a film that would suit it all, but there is definitely a ‘Amelie’ vibe to Bye Bye Pretty.
Interview: Dom Smith