The immersive styling of solo electronic music producer K V A S I R has developed into a self-titled debut EP out now. Inspired by a Solomon set at a Basel clubnight last year, K V A S I R is a creation that has taken a clear direction in both look and sound. We found out more.
I knew that night that I wanted to take my own music seriously and actually release and perform it.
First up, tell us bit about yourself. What were you doing before you got involved in music?
I was at school; I was lucky enough to grow up somewhere with no TV and no real internet, it was remote. One of the reasons I started playing piano was because there was really nothing else to do. That led to producing my own demos at home, doing stuff for other people at school and when school finished I landed a job in a major recording studio. It was all really weird and good timing!
A few years later I started working with a major band who took me on - it was unbelievably lucky; I’m still with them and I love it… K V A S I R is my solo project and although it’s pretty different everyone in the band really supports me with it.
Who was the first music act who inspired you?
Tiga has always been a huge inspiration for me; I love everything he’s released. He posted a picture of his 1983 AMG Mercedes tonight on Instagram and that inspired me yet again.
Was there a paricular event or moment that led you to pursue your musical aspirations?
I was at a club in Basel in 2015 when we were touring Europe and I saw Solomon DJ - it was a combination of the location, the sound system and his set that completely ignited the inspiration for K V A S I R. I knew that night that I wanted to take my own music seriously and actually release and perform it.
How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
For K V A S I R, I had an entire look in my head; the fencing mask, the LED lights and even the white tape around the fingers. I don’t know why really, I heard Tom Ford talking about his approach to costume in his films and how every detail helped form a character. I guess it was the same with K V A S I R - all of these details helped me go into the studio with a clear idea of what I wanted to hear.
A lot of the tracks on the EP started on that tour, mostly on the bus at night. I don’t have a set way of writing, but a lot of the time I like to get a vocal idea on the track as early as possible. I find it easier when a lyrical idea takes hold and steers the track.
Tell us about your self-titled EP, Over what time period was it written?
Although it was started two years ago, I think in reality it was written over a couple of months. The problem with having a side project is that it sometimes gets put to the side.
Is there a particular theme on the EP?
I was really interested in the 2007 financial crash, it happened at an important time in my life and I couldn’t believe how these huge institutions had been allowed to get in such a state. All these massive banks and lenders at the top self certifying these ridiculous financial deals! ‘Exchange’ and ‘First Throws’ both play with stories based around these guys, I’m kind of disgusted and obsessed with their mindsets.
Which was the hardest song to get right and why?
‘Motion’ was really tough for me because the minute the arpeggiators hooked up with the drums I got a total buzz. I knew this was going to be my favourite track so everything that went into it had to be right, there was a lot of versions with barely perceptible differences floating around!
Can you pick out one song you are most proud of any why?
Even though ‘Motion’ is my favourite track, I’m most proud of ‘First Throws’ - it was the first track I finished for the EP and when I played back the mix I knew it was the sort of sound I wanted to hear.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be?
Dark and driven.
What have you been listening to this year? Top 3 records of 2016?
Tiga: ‘Make Me Fall in Love’ Justice: ‘Woman’ Soulwax: ‘Heaven Scent’
If you had to pick one act to see live this year, who would it be?
I love Chromeo and I’ve never seen them live - I noticed they were working on a new album so if they start touring that I’ll be there.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Cliff Martinez - every soundtrack he works on is untouchable. The soundtrack for the Steven Soderbergh series The Knick was insanely emotive.
Are you planning any live dates toward the release?
I’ve got some dates lined up in December and I plan to do a one off show to celebrate my first EP. I want it to be something different so I’m hunting for the right venue.
What are your hopes for 2017?
I hope to do a lot of live shows in 2017 and get my follow-up EP out.
Being K V A S I R is a joy.