Interview: Kidnap Kid
Loads of new producers continue to emerge in the ever growing UK bass scene, one of which acquired his name through taking part in a pretend kidnapping in KFC. True story. Meet Kidnap Kid. Hailing from Sheffield, he now resides in Leeds and has a couple of well-received EP’s in tow. His music aligns itself with the warm house/garage mash-up closely linked to the likes of Jacques Greene and the earlier productions of Joy Orbison. 2011 has been a progressive year, with 2012 about to slap its freshness all over our faces, this Kid is one to watch out for. And for the record, he’s never eaten a banana. Get to know…
newsicmoos (ns): Hello! How are you? What’s been going on in the past week?
Kidnap Kid (KK): Helloooo, I’m very well thank you. I played at The Deaf Institute (Manchester) on Friday, then went to the Jamie XX WHP on Saturday. Apart from that I’ve not really left the library, got a lot of uni work on.
ns: Ah, it was a Manchester thing… Can you best describe your sound in …3 words?
KK: Gets girls dancing.
ns: Congratulations on your latest EP The Apocalypse Of John (Check it out here) – what’s the story behind the name? How do you feel towards the hugely positive response it’s been receiving?
KK: Originally the EP was called Revelations, as I felt it covered some of the vocals from the tracks nicely, but that was a bit boring/ not very memorable. Then I read somewhere that ‘The Apocalypse of John’ is another name for the book of revelations in the new testament, so I just jumped on that basically. Ye the response has been great, I felt a little bit of pressure to match the success of the first EP, but it’s done even better sales wise so I’m pretty happy. Feels good to be up in the charts with names that I still listen to.
ns: Your sound has been compared to Jacques Greene and Joy Orbison, a modern take on house/garage. How does that make you feel? Are you fans of their music?
KK: Very happy to be compared with those two. I’m big fans of both of them, old and new stuff. I never really used vocals in my music until getting heavily into Jacques Greene so he has had a very notable influence on the direction of my sound.
ns: Your music fuses old school sentiments with a modern twist. Where does inspiration come from when producing individual tracks?
KK: I usually start by collecting a shit load of sounds from wherever, chucking them into a sampler and see if anything grabs me. Often the original sample the track is built around will end up not featuring in the finished piece.
ns: What’s your background in music; was you surrounded by musical influences as a child?
KK: I’ve been playing drums for about 10 years, a little bit of bass and piano, but I’ve never had any musical training. Always just messing around. My mum used to be a piano and violin teacher so there was always music around the house, I could never sit still long enough for her to teach me anything though. Massively regret that actually! I’ve listened to everything over the years. I was massively into rock before moving into dance music via drum and bass. I think the first record I bought was the Avalanches album. I seem to remember not liking it very much.
ns: Name 3 tracks you’re currently digging.
KK: Switch – ‘I Still Love You’
T.E.E.D – Trouble
Minnie Riperton – Inside my love
ns: Tell us something new, a fact that you haven’t shared with the world yet…
KK: I’ve never eaten a banana.
ns: Seriously? … Who would you really like to collab/work with?
KK: I’m not very good a working with other producers… I either get very protective over the track, or massively lethargic and give no significant input, in my experience anyway haha. Love to work with vocalist though. I love Giselle from that Flight Facilities record, so that would be cool.
ns: Best music moment of 2011 for you?
KK: Don’t like to go along with the hype, but I saw James Blake at Glastonbury and I was blown away. Very impressive. Friendly Fires were pretty sick as well.
ns: What’s in store for you in the coming months?
KK: This months gigs are -
25th – Vienna w/Disclosure The only music I can confirm at the minute are two remixes. One for 123Mrk on his next EP for Squelch and Clap. What I’ve heard is sounding great so watch out for that one. Also, a remix for Backyard records, on a single called Die On The Dancefloor. I’m working on the next EP as well, although nothing is official.
ns: As a new, young producer, do you have any advice for the legions of people looking to get in to production/djing?
KK: Yes, start NOW and do it for hours every day for years to come. Nothing can replace the time you have to put in. Try not to get held down by the scenes obsession with originality. If the music is good, that is all that matters! Also, keep it simple.
Wise words. We’d like to thank Kidnap Kid for having a little chat. Check him out on Facebook and Soundcloud and be sure to share via the social buttons below! Peace.