It has certainly been a busy year for this recent graduate, not only was Kidnap Kid's début release hailed as the iTunes US “Best Electronic Song of 2012” but he also has two solid singles under his belt via the Black Butter Records label: “Vehl” and “So Close.”
This second release ties-in with his US tour, starting at the esteemed SXSW festivities that are currently underway, followed by dates in Florida, New York and California supporting label mates Rudimental and Bondax as well as AlunaGeorge, Disclosure and TEED. A fantastic gaggle of artists, indeed. Tour dates below...
I got taken to court for faking a kidnapping...
So, this is your second release on Black Butter?
I was put in touch by an old friend who ran a label in Sheffield called Squelch and Clap. He sent them some music, they called me up and I went down to London to meet them. Everything just kind of happened naturally after that.
What equipment did you work with?
I made "Vehl" on an old copy of Reason, on a battered £300 laptop. It's far from amazing production, but it goes to show that you don't need a studio full of hardware to make noise.
You must be pretty proud of your iTunes award?
It's cool to get recognition from a place that isn't automatically associated with your specific genre. "Electronic music" is such a broad term, covering so much inspirational and groundbreaking strands, so it feels great to be placed in the charts (by iTunes US at least).
Amsterdam is always fun. I find Dutch people great to party with.
How are you feeling about the tour to the States?
I have just arrived in Austin and not slept for two days, so I feel pretty exhausted but very excited on the whole though. Some incredible shows lined up and some great acts to see.
You will be playing alongside some big names like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer?
Hah yes! On the same stage as Snoop Dogg! Never thought I'd be able to say that. That should be interesting. We'll see how that goes down.
What have been your favorite places to play so far?
Maybe not the most exotic but I always love playing London. Outside of the UK, Amsterdam is always fun. I find Dutch people great to party with.
Ive been on an absolute dance music crusade since that day…it’s about the emotional content and the subsequent human connection.
Do you remember your first ever live show?
Yes. I was 15 and it was truly, truly terrible. It haunts me to this day.
What do you think has been crucial to your success?
That's a tricky one, I graduated in July but there's no secret or particular method really, just hard work I guess and a love of what I do.
My parents’ taste in music had an impact on me; they are the people that you look up to. My dad listened to bands like R.E.M, The Police and The Beatles, I definitely still love that music but it’s hard to pinpoint any discernible influence. My brother introduced me to drum and bass when I was 14, that was the major tipping point for me. I've been on an absolute dance music crusade since that day pretty much. For me it’s about the emotional content and the subsequent human connection.
In a dream world, licensing being no barrier, whose tunes would you like to remix?
How do you find new music, especially the vocalists?
I'm now in a position where people will send me stuff, so that's cool. Other than that, I scour the Internet for mixes, radio shows, blogs etc. The label (Black Butter Records) has quite a far reach now, so they are very helpful when it comes to connecting me with vocalists.
The story of how you got your name is quite hilarious?
I got taken to court for faking a kidnapping in KFC when I was 17. Ended up going through young offenders and community service. Long.
Mar 15 @ La Zona Rosa in Austin, TX
Mar 16 @ Bardot in Miami, FL
Mar 17 @ Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL
Mar 18 @ Santos Party House in New York, NY
Mar 19 @ Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
Mar 21 @ Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA
Mar 22 @ Lure Patio in Los Angeles, CA
Mar 23 @ Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA