Techno producer Kmyle has released his first record on his own label, Kmyle Records, after featuring on respected labels such as Clergy, ARTS, Mord and Skryptöm. His Wasteland EP has driving beats, dramatic synths and melancholic vibes. We caught up with Kmyle to find out more.
Raw, uncompromising, emotional.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
Hello zap! bang!, first of all thank you for according me this interview! About your question, when I was a child, the road to school went past a record store. Every day I went to listen to new music in all styles. It helped me to express myself.
Were there any particular artists or groups you took inspiration from?
It’s hard to say which bands I was inspired by, because there are many, but the biggest source of inspiration was Thom Yorke, or bands like Portishead, Massive Attack, Amon Tobin, or Luke Slater.
“Kmyle” comes from the name “Camille”. It’s very personal, but it is a tribute to this person and my mother…
How would you describe your musical style?
Raw, uncompromising, emotional.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
There are a lot of artists that I like enormously, but in my dreams, I would say Jeff Mills and Surgeon.
Tell us about your new EP Wasteland. What’s the inspiration behind it?
The current situation in the world and in our culture is chaotic, so I needed to tell what I feel, that is to say a lot of sadness and nostalgia for our lost “art word” with “Wasteland”, or a lot of hope and melancholy with “Lunatis”, which is an invitation to dream, but stay pragmatic with a very rough rhythmic part.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
My studio is in a room of my house. I recorded the EP just after my last tour, during the first lockdown.
How does Wasteland represent your style?
It’s hard to put a “tag” on it and to say that this EP represents our art. Wasteland represents what I feel at the moment, because we are all constantly evolving. I don’t know what my next release will be like, and it’s also very exciting.
You’re releasing Wasteland on your own imprint, Kmyle Records. What can we expect from the label?
Regarding Kmyle Records, I want to be as sincere as possible musically and visually. At the moment there are many things I am trying to foresee, such as a collaboration between Zadig, Voiski and myself. The label will grow up with me, and be an integral part of my evolution. And I hope to continue to bring many friendly artists on board.
What are your hopes for Wasteland?
My hope? Simply to start the adventure of the label with this record, and I hope that my music will touch people who listen to it.
How’s the rest of 2020 and into 2021 looking?
We are clearly coming to the end of a cycle, and I have a lot of hope for 2021, a real “rebirth” must take place. We can correct our past mistakes to purpose a sincere night culture. For my part, I am preparing many projects for a “non-club” audience, more experimental, such as a 360 degree concert that is to see the light this winter.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It’s difficult to sa , but I think that all the mistakes I have made, all the interesting encounters as negative, and all the paths explored good or bad, have built my career and the person I am musically. I would give myself advice to always go for it and be curious about everything without fear. Thank you again for your time. Take care of yourself!