Love & Other stuff - Catching up with Kisch
Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ. The London native with an eclectic affinity for music shares with us his musical progression. From his first memories of playing in guitar bands around the Uk’s capital, to finding his love for house music and traveling the world to play at different parties.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your music, who or what are your main influences?
Hi, I’m Kisch, a London born producer, songwriter and DJ. I’ve been writing music since I was a little kid and got my first Fisher Price xylophone! I love the creative process, especially when you put together a musical progression that makes you feel something, or a rhythm that energises you. I didn’t really know much about the underground scene til my late teens, so a lot of my influence comes from the big vocal tracks I was hearing before that. The classics from
Cece Peniston, Kings Of Tomorrow, Rhythm On The Loose etc. I love great vocals and big hooks, so always try to make those the main ingredients of my records, and create them with a slightly grittier production sound.
How did you first get into DJing / production? When did you know you wanted to be a DJ?
A couple of mates had some technics that I would play with when I was round their places in my teenage, I always enjoyed it but was more into my guitars at the time during the big indie revival. I started properly getting back into house and writing it a few years ago, forked out on some pioneers and never looked back. Watching the likes of Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry and the other old school guys still going today and loving it is a big inspiration for me DJ wise, it’s hard to think you’re on the wrong path when you see them play..
Tell us about your local scene and what makes it special
I’m from London so there’s loads of club heritage here, as well as choice on a night out. As it’s so multicultural, as well as a tourist hub, you get all types of people turning up to raves. I love that variety of clubs and clientele as it means you never get bored of too much of the same thing. The clubs under the London Bridge arches were always favourites of mine, it’s sad to see them all disappear along with Fabric and most of the Kings Cross venues. On the flip side new venues are popping up all the time, I’m loving the Suffolk Street Warehouse and Oval Space, so I don’t think London’s finished just yet.
Talk to us about your upcoming release ’Love All Day’ which will be out exclusively on Traxsource.
The vocal jumped into my head out of nowhere as I was walking down the street one day, I had to sing it into my phone’s voice recorder, so I got a few funny looks from passers by! I knew Leela would nail it so I got her over the same week to lay it down. After I had the vocal I went through a few bassline ideas before going with the one it’s got, and built the track from there. Love & Other’s a great label that’s growing fast and releases consistently strong records so when they showed an interest it was a no brainer for me. They’ve been brilliant with this release, totally switched on, so I’m hoping this is just the start of our collaboration.
What’s your greatest career high to date?
I love hearing my tracks on the radio, Danny Howard debuted Love All Day and mixed me into an Armand Van Helden track on his show recently, and as I’m quite new on the scene it felt great being on a well listened show with legends like that. DJing in Ibiza clubs is aways a highlight too, I got to headline Es Paradis and Ocean Beach a few times, everyone knows the music so well and you can always see people singing along to pretty much any track you play, so you’ve got your work cut out to find those tracks that get people shazzamming. Is that a word?
This is an introducing piece, tell us something everyone knows and something no-one knows.
I guess if people know me at this point it’s from The Shapeshifters’ track “The Chase” that I sang on last year. They’re great fellas who played a part in my development by releasing some of my tracks on their Love Inc label as well as choosing me to sing that record. Something no-one knows is that I write and sometimes sing vocals for other people without a feature credit. You’ll have to keep an ear out, I’ll be impressed if anyone can spot them.
If you could have made any dance record in history, what would it be and why?
Tough call, it’s probably one of those questions where the answer would change depending what I’m digging at the time. Right now I’ll say “Hey Hey” by
Dennis Ferrer. It’s got everything I look for in a record, a great vocal, an infectious beat and catchy hooks all over the place. It’s even got a catchy hook made out of white noise, you just can’t argue with that!