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Interview: Klue

Klue

Klue

We caught up with Sydney singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Klue, who merges an array of musical cultures to create his sound.

Read our interview below.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Klue.

Klue is my alter ego & solo project when I’m not making music with True Vibenation. It started off just as a production / remix project but it’s grown into a show that involves me running between turntables, saxophone, vocals, and the SPD, and it’s pretty much taken over my life recently!

The sound has been described as Afrogarage, which is a term I kinda like, but it’s pretty much me trying to mulch together all the different sounds that excite me and get away with it.

Your music incorporates Afrobeat, electronic beats and soul. It’s a pretty eclectic and cultural mix! Tell us more.

I’m a fan of a whole bunch of different styles of music and I’m inspired by a pretty wide variety of other musicians, so when I’m writing there’s often bits of different sounds bouncing around in my head. I think it’s taken me until very recently to be able to bring them all together in a way that really works.

I grew up with a lot of Soul music around the house and I think that shows up in my music particularly in my vocals, and the way I approach horn sections. Even as a kid I found electronic music really exiting (I think I must have mostly heard it in Movie soundtracks, as it wasn’t really on radio in Australia in those days) and I’ve been Dj’ing in nightclubs since I was old enough to be let in, and that’s where my interest in making electronic music began.

As a teenager a band mate introduced me to Fela Kuti, and that was a bit of a revelation which led to me hunting out a lot of music I might not have otherwise found, and that has definitely influenced my sound.

Describe your sound in three words.

Bouncy, frenetic, Afrobass.

Your fab EP, ‘Daybreak’, is out now. You compiled the EP pretty much yourself. Was it a tough process?

Yeah on this one I wanted to do everything myself (almost). I wrote, recorded, mixed and produced the whole record, which was a mammoth undertaking. I got my True Vibenation band mate Moody in to play some trumpet on ‘Hiding’, and Sameer Sengupta mastered the record, but the rest of it was just me racking up a massive sleep debt!

To me the sound textures and mixing is so much a part of what makes an electronic production what it is, and it’s something that I’ve spent years working on, so it was important for me to handle as much of that side of things as possible.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I was thinking about this recently and I realised one of my biggest influences is probably my mum, even though she’s not a musician per se. She used to sing to us when we were kids, and the music she introduced us to, particularly the stuff that would be on the Hi Fi when she had parties – Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Toots & The Maytals, James Brown etc. – has definitely informed the music I create. In terms of electronic music, Bonobo, Hermitude, Burial, Todd Edwards, James Blake and Hudson Mohawke are names that come to mind.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’m loving the new Dro Carey EP is dope! I’ve also been listening to the new L-Fresh The Lion album ‘Become’ too, which is such an impressive record!

Like what you hear? Klue’s debut EP, ‘Daybreak’ is out now.

Sounds like: Jamie xx, Nimmo, Jungle, Fela Kuti, Hermitude, D’Angelo, Bonobo, Fat Freddy’s Drop

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Exclusive: Guns Playlist

Guns

Guns

Guns is 24 year old, Norwegian Gunhild Jarwson Tekle, who is now based in Denmark.

She’s lovingly prepared a chilled pop playlist for us.

See the track list below:

1) Nico – These days

Reminds me of a sort of summery boredom.

2) Texas – Inner Smile

Oh I have been dancing so much to this song, I’m in love with it. I did a terrible version of it in a karaoke bar in Berlin over Christmas.

3) Kylie Minogue – Slow

For some reason this song reminds me of summer. Maybe because of the music video with Kylie by the pool, surrounded by a bunch of men.

4) Sean Nicolas Savage – Promises

I just discovered this artist playing a small concert in ideal bar in Copenhagen, he was so crazy good and charismatic on stage!

5) Blood Orange – Chamakay

I think i just love music that sounds like a jungle.

6) Enya – Boadicea

Think it’s so great how there’s just her vocals and keys, and its so mysterious sounding too. And that there are no lyrics at all.

7) David Lynch – The Line It Curves

Makes me wanna get a drivers license so i can drive around listening to this at night. That goes for the whole album by the way.

8) Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow

It’s Michael walking around in bad weather.

9) Burial – Hiders

I’ve just been listening a lot to this this winter.

10) Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

I find this track so beautiful, and weirdly motivating. (Listened a lot to it while walking to school in the morning).

Like Guns’s vibe? Listen to ‘I Know Exactly How It Feels’ below.

It was released on 22nd January via Tigerspring / +1 Records.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, MAASAI

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Interview with Women For Hire & Time To Waste

WFH

WFH

Polish band, Women For Hire, approached us a while back about their new EP ‘Time To Waste’, and we’ve had it on repeat ever since.

We had a chat with WFH to find out more about them anf the Polish music scene.

Firstly, great band name. How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

Thanks! We thought that the name of our band has to be easy to remember and that’s why we stick with it. We are brothers – producers Mat and Chris Malart. We have been interested in music since childhood. As kids we were making together our first songs. We had been playing indie rock when we got more into electronic music. When we made a draft of Time To Waste we felt we need something special, a female vocalist to fulfill our vision of the music we wanted to make. Then we started seeking the right person whose vocal will match with Mat’s voice well. So finally, we met Zofia Wypychowska aka Sofii on the Internet, she was searching for people to make music together too. Her vocal was proper, we found out that she’s into new music too and she likes the idea of a band. Sofii stayed with us and now our music sounds complete.

You are from Poland. Tell us more about the Polish indietronica music scene.

This kind of music is gaining more and more popularity in Poland and now it is in the fast developing stage. We have well-known bands like Fair Weather Friends, Kamp or Rebeka and fresh like Pola Rise, Young Stadium Club who make really good music and they play shows abroad too. You should definitely check them out.

Your sound is really unique. Describe it to us in three words.

Rough, warm and dense.

Your ‘Time to Waste’ EP has been on repeat in the Indietronica office. Explain the process of writing and producing such a great debut EP.

We had an idea to make an indietronic music driving by male and female vocals. At the very beginning we started to write lyrics, then we made music. We talked it over and tried to find sounds that will be different and modern. Drafts had richer arrangements than final versions of songs – during the process of production we took away the needless components. That what stays is essential. We were focused on the melody of vocals and compact form of compositions. All the records were made by ourselves at our home studio, including mix and mastering.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We listen to different music. We like electronic sounds from Disclosure to Burial, Four Tet, and Gold Panda. We also like and respect Tycho for melodies, Bombay Bicycle Club for very good compositions, Blood Orange, Phoenix, Jungle, Lorde or Foals, AlunaGeorge, Glass Animal. So as you can see we have quite a wide range of music that we like and we are inspired by. Anyway, we try to find our own sound.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Now we’re listening to Mura Masa, Movement, Shura, George Maple.

The lead track ‘Time To Waste’ really reminds us of the early Cut Copy singles. Think lush vocals over a simple bass line and delicate disco-merged synths.

Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Cut Copy, Fickle Friends, Peter Bjorn & John, Goldroom, Diverting Duo, Pink Feathers, Chela

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