QA – KITE

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Photo Credit:  Paige Steplewski

 

 

1. Who are you?

kite.

2. What do you do?

Produce music / make sounds.

3. Where do you often create/produce?

In my bedroom studio.

4. When?

Whenever I can, usually between 12-7 am

5. Why do you play music?

To communicate ideas without words / that words won’t suffice.

6. When did you start making music?

I started playing drums/ percussion at around age 7 and writing music for solo instruments / sample based stuff in ableton when i was in highschool.

7. Which track defines you the most?

8. How would you describe your own music?

Emotionally confused / contradictory.

9. Any track of the moment?

10.What influences your work?

Mostly my feelings / textural things.

11.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?

I would say I’m self taught, I dropped out of hunter college in the middle of my first semester and taught myself music production / sound synthesis.

12.Favorite designer?

Daimorf , Gildan t shirts.

13.Favorite book?

I don’t read that much to be honest, but Pornotopia by Paul Preciado and the Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon have been waiting on my desk for months when i get around to it.

14.Favorite classic movie?

Solaris, Woman in the Dunes.

15.Favorite music label?

Shelter press / Nyege Nyege Tapes / West Mineral Ltd / FLUF.

16.Your dream collaboration?

Otomo Yoshihide.

17. Are you analog or digital?

Strictly digital.

18.Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?

My setup is Elektron Monomachine ( my favorite synthesizer of all time), Elektron Machinedrum, Nord modular g1 (2nd favorite synth) and Ableton for recording / effects / mixing. My hardware choices are based off of Autechre’s live tour set up from the mid 2000’s.

19.Describe your creative process?

I don’t really know. It’s very intuitive.

20.When are you the most prolific (creatively)?

At night, or after seeing my amazing friends dj or play live.

21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)

Commend in the LES, Halcyon, Youtube.

22.What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)

A lot of things that I’ve come to accept as fact are social constructs and should work on viewing things from outside that as best as possible.

23. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

I didn’t for a long time, but recently I’ve been getting better.

24. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)

Luckily I work nights at Bossa Nova Civic Club, so I can manage my time really well and theoretically work on music every day of the week.

25. Any secret skills?

None.

26. Any future plans?

Learn Max Msp / make more records.

27.What’s your life motto?

I’m pretty anti moto.

28. Any “mot de la fin”?

Special thank you to embalming lately for putting out my album and to you, Selwa, for being so great!

 

kite is performing tonight at Bossa Nova Civic Club for their release party. More Infos here >

 

 

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