Inside The Track with Kevin Yost
Kevin Yost has achieved success as a DJ, film composer, drummer and music producer. The musical maverick is an artist who’s productions cannot be confined by just one genre and a performer who holds a unique power in his DJ sets and live shows. We caught up with Kevin to celebrate the launch of his latest EP on TSOY – ‘Can’t You See’ and discussed the production in depth..
Congratulations on your ‘Can’t You See’ EP release via TSOY. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thanks for this. It’s great to finally put this out on my new label “TSOY”. It was played at some select venues on my summer tour and response was amazing. Went over especially well in my deeper sets. I think people click in on the vocals on “Full of It” and it always gets them into my set. I have given it to some of DJ’s I played with and they provided some great feedbacks. Always a good feeling.
Tell us more about the ‘Can’t You See’ EP. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I always try to innovate what I do. It is sometimes tough to tell, but if you pay attention and listen for the details on these productions it gives you a bit of a window into my creative process. I tailored these tracks to engage the deep fans I have as well as the newer fans who have tuned into me recently for the techier stuff.
Production wise, what is it about the ‘Can’t You See’ tracks that make them work?
I think both tracks have the right amount of energy and are focused on three elements, the groove, the basslines and the vocal elements. They are perfect for the sets when I need to get the fans who came to listen to deep and for those who came to dance.
Is there one machine, program or technique that characterizes your sound?
I have a lot of tricks I use in production. Sometimes I bring in live percussion, sometimes I resample live basslines, sometimes it’s just plugins. But I think when you listen to my productions you hear the groove I always center the track around.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
The one thing I cannot live without is Ableton Live. It has allowed me to free up my desktop and put everything together in one digital console. It has absolutely has revolutionized my production style.