It's December! That means this will be the last featured Artist for the ‘Monthly Mix’ of the year! What a brilliant artist we have to wrap 2013 up for us and what an amazing year he has had!
The artist we are talking about is, of course, none other than the young & talented Ned East, or maybe better known as KILTER from Sydney.
Some great achievements this year include his remix of one our favorite and one of the biggest deep house tuuuuunes of 2012, ‘What I Might Do’, by Ben Pearce. He’s is now getting to support some big acts in Aus like Shapeshifter and The Klaxons. He has also just finished a national Aus/Nz Tour and has even recently been announced to be joining the stella line up for Sydney’s Field Day festival!
There has most definatly been some recent buzz around town for this kid, but as some of you might know, Ned has actually been producing the goods for a while now. Before Flume was listened to by you, your sister, your mum, even your uncle? You might remember Flume remixed a killer track called 'Gravel Pit', belonging to none other than Kilter & Mattt Miller, which they put out in 2011. Ned has also put out some really cool soulful/hip hop production worth checking out (if you havent already) like the 5 track Ep ‘Forever Ago’ & another song that really stood out to us ‘One For Me’.
We couldn't be more happy to see more people recognising this young talent and his recent exposure. Though it is also safe to say that he has probably deserved this hype for sometime now. When we spoke to Kilter about his mix for Dance Club he told us "I don't often get the chance to play other people's records, so when the opportunity arises I just like to have fun with it". In his own words "Treat this half an hour like the Kilter DJ set that never happened".
So for the last mix of the year! Check out how Kilter used his 30 minutes for the December adition of 'Monthly Mix' and see the full interview below.
What elements do you think lead to you having such a successful year in 2013? Do you feel there were any personal changes or even environmental/external factors that leant to you really taking off in 2013?
A couple of things happened over the last year but I think the biggest change was finishing uni at the end of 2012. I stumbled through a Bachelor of Digital Media at UNSW and by the end of it I decided that instead of looking for industry jobs I would give a year to music and see where I ended up. It’s almost exactly a year on now and I am not looking back!
Is there one thing that you think really helped you to get where you are? Or a moment that was a clear turning point for you?
I think having a strong management team who have been guiding me through new experiences and finding amazing musical opportunities for me to be a part of has made the biggest difference. More than anything it has helped me treat music as a job instead of a hobby.
We know you are running some pretty extensive hardware & setup in your live shows now – why have you chosen this as the path you use to play your live shows?
Yeah my live shows are exclusively hardware at the moment! I am using a Roland SP404-sx, a Roland SPD-s and a Microkorg synthesiser.
I have a strong performing background having played drums and piano for most of my life so it is actually easier for me to play the way I do rather than develop a live show in Ableton or just DJ. I also think that with so many bedroom producers emerging in the electronic music scene with amazing productions, the thing that will really start to set everyone apart is having an engaging and exciting live show.
When you decided to take this path for your live shows, how did you go about sourcing & setting up the equipment you use?
The first piece of gear I got was the Roland SP404-sx sampler. I had seen people like Dibiase, Ras G and Teebs all play live with them before and their sets were always so raw and full of mistakes it was really refreshing after seeing so many people play flawless computer assisted sets.
As far as set up goes, I use my SP404 to trigger drum loops, bass lines, vocal samples and the bulk of the song that I won’t be physically playing on the synthesiser or with the drum pads. While it might take a little longer at first to bounce out all these seperate parts it is so much fun building tracks up from scratch.
I actually made a quick beat demonstration just three or four days after getting my own SP which will give you an idea of how they work (http:// vimeo.com/21287773)
I can’t even imagine where you would start! – Regarding picking the right equipment and running it in conjunction with each other – Was this something you already had prior knowledge to or did you talk to other acts/bands about it, or was it more a thing where you spent days reading up on? What goes with what, etc.
Most of my set up is actually just from impulse buying haha. I researched the SP404 a fair bit before I bought it but i really had no idea how I would use it in my own way so I taught myself. I borrowed a MicroKorg from a friend for my first couple of shows just to jam over the tracks I was playing but it wasn’t until recently that I actually took the time to learn synthesis and explore its capabilities past the bare presets.
The Roland SPDs drum pad was the last addition to my set up. I had just been booked to play the east coast legs of the Shapeshifter tour and I knew we would be playing massive sold out venues so I wanted to add another element to my live show. Drums were the perfect addition as even if someone has little musical knowledge they know a drum hit equals a sound. I actually can’t imagine playing without it now and it has come to be the defining feature of my show.
Do you think you could briefly talk us through your production process – what you like to start with? When or how do you like to add in or work with vocalists, etc?
I actually like to start with vocals. Whether they are stems for a remix or just an acapella I am sampling I find that having them there makes it easier to come up with chord progressions, structure and style. In most cases I will then take the vocals out once the song starts to take shape to add my own topline or leave as an instrumental.
Could you tell us how you came to get hooked up with the good people from etcetc.
I had started to work with Soapbox as my touring agency and seeing as both are under the Ministry of Sound umbrella I sat down with Aden, the head of etcetc, for lunch and had a chat about the music I was making and the direction I wanted to go in. This was way back when I hadn’t really started making the sort of electronic music I do now so took a bit of a leap of faith and took me in haha. It’s been a great home for my music and we have some exciting plans for the future.
Did this have something a live show you did at Lansdowne a while back?
Yes!! That is actually how I got involved with Ministry of Sound. I was playing a random night there with some indie bands and James who now looks after my bookings just happened to be there on the beers. I think he was surprised to hear this sort of music at a predominately band music venue so he came up and said hi.
And if you would like, maybe let our readers know a little bit more about this new Australian company.
etcetc is home for locals like Acaddamy, PNAU and myself where we try focus on creating a body of work rather than just a string of singles. It’s also really exciting because they have strong connections with international artists such as Duke Dumont, Ben Pearce and Youan who all use etcetc for the Australian distribution of their work. Check em out: http://www.etcetc.tv/
Can you let us know what’s currently happening in the world of Kilter – What have you got out at the moment that people should be checking out? And what do we need to be looking out for?
I’m actually just winding down the Hold Me tour which has taken up most of my time over the last month. I’ve been all over Australia and NZ and met some awesome people so I don’t want it to stop! I have plans for some serious studio time in January which I am excited about.
I also just released a single ‘Hold Me’ and remixes for Rüfüs, Snakadaktal and Mø which you can check out on my soundcloud.
We think 2014 is going to be an incredible year for you – we’re eager to hear what is the game plan is for next year & what you’ll have coming up?
I’m really eager to smash out some more originals over the next month or so and I am working with some really exciting vocalists. So the game plan is to get an EP out early next year and then get back on the road. There are already some really exciting gigs locked in for the first few months so keep an eye out for them!
What can you tell us about the mix? How did you choose to use your 30 minutes?
I don’t often get the chance to play other people’s records, so when the opportunity arises I just like to have a lot of fun with it. Treat this half an hour like the Kilter DJ set that never happened.
We really appreciate you taking the time with us today mate & for our Aussie featured artists – we couldn’t be more thrilled to be ending the year with you & this new mix.
Thank you !
So finally to wrap us up, a few quick fire questions for you!?
Mangoes or Avocados?
You actually picked my favourite two. I’ll have to say Avocado just for its versatility.
Last song you listened to?
Duke Dumont – I Got U!
Favorite teenage anthem?
Harry Potter Theme Song
If you could work with anyone in the studio, dead or alive, who would it be?
If you were in a Hollywood film, what song would you choose to aid your characters first slow motion entrance?
The first 45 seconds of Pendulum – Slam