Montreal’s Kaytranada opened for Kastle at Fortune Sound May 19th and we even got JMSN to come up the street from his Electric Owl show to perform “Alone”. It’s easy to say that we had lots of talent in the building that night. I got to speak with Kaytranada after his performance about personal interests, future projects and his current European tour. Keep in mind English is not his first language, excuse his french.
Q: First off, what was the first song that really hit off for you?
Kay: The “If” remix, every time I go to any event everyone is talking about the Janet Jackson remix. I don’t really have a choice to play it in my set, the people always scream for it.
Q: You had that project with your brother, were you ever going to release a full mixtape?
Kay: Yeah, yeah! My brother is gonna like this shit. We’re working on a mixtape right now, it’s probably gonna be out in June or when i’ll be back from Tour cause we’re working on it and the mixtape is almost done.
Q: I had heard rumors that you were moving to Paris?
Kay: Where did you get that? I never said I’m going to France but I am going on a European tour. I’m not leaving Montreal at all, I still live with moms, you think I got money for that? Hell no!
Q: Haha, originally you are from Haiti right?
Kay: Yea, I was born there.
Q: What are your main influences?
Kay: J Dilla, Madlib
Q: Are you thinking of signing with anybody? Have any offers come to the table? That you can speak of.
Kay: I can’t really tell about it because it’s not really official but I don’t really wanna be in a label. Probably wanna be independent or if you did a good album by yourself maybe some company is gonna help it’s distribution.
Q: How did the JMSN collaboration come about?
Kay: JMSN asked me to remix one of his songs called “Love & Pain” and my manager said cool then he asked JMSN’s manager “What you think of about JMSN & Kaytranada collaborating on a track?” his manager was down and JMSN hit me up saying “Send me some beats”. I sent three instrumentals which I didn’t even think were that nice and an hour later he recorded the track. To be honest, the final album version is what it sounded like when he first sent it to me, it really didn’t take that long.
Q: How does it feel to be sharing your music to full crowds and going on tour?
Kay: I mean, it really feels great. It’s everything that maybe a DJ wants, to be recognized a little bit or it might grow and get bigger but it is crazy to me. I mean, I’m in Vancouver right now you know! Even though it’s in Canada but like I still think it’s crazy, when I went to Toronto I still can’t believe I went to Toronto to do a show and people came to see me. I don’t understand it.
Q: So, are you liking the travelling?
Kay: I really love it BUT I did start doing the tour. It might be a pending yes cause I really wanna go home sometimes cause you get home sick but that’s with anything you do.
Q: That wave bass sound you’ve got, would you say that it’s your “signature sound”?
Kay: I don’t wanna say that but I’ve never heard anyone do it with the bass. It was something that I found when I was doing a beat and I didn’t see anyone do it with the bass.
Q: Who’s an artist that you can always fall back on?
Kay: I gotta say it’s Madlib all the way, I don’t know… it’s different. The way he uses samples, it sounds so raw and that’s what’s missing in Hip-Hop stuff, they are always doing clean stuff but Madlib is straight raw shit and I know that Madlib only does that.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
Kay: I really don’t know but expect it to get better and expect the best.
Thanks a lot to Kaytranada for his time, if you are somewhere in Europe check him out!
I leave you with my favorite song of his, “Typically Her”.
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