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My newest release, Marching Orders EP, is out today on Danger Chamber – big fan of the label, and I’m very happy to be on board!
You can check it out on bandcamp, at:
and on Soundcloud, here:
Big thanks to the Rupture family, Code (Subtle Audio) and Yankowsky (Monochrome) for recent support on tunes from the EP!
Some Q&A’s from Nu:Sounds Music 🙂
Hey Matt, Thanks for chatting to us today. Could you start by introducing yourself to our readers and telling us a bit about how you got into music?
Hi, thanks for having me! I’m a producer / DJ / officedog – born in London, brought up in Welsh valleys town Merthyr Tydfil, and I’ve been enjoying living in Cardiff since ’97.
I was introduced to dance music in the mid-90s by cross-over artists like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, Underworld, Aphex Twin etc. Before this, I’d mainly been into rock, indie and metal, and these acts were the gateway into electronic stuff. By 2000ish I’d explored more of the electronic scene and had come across Drum & Bass via my brother’s The Creeps CD (Ed Rush & Optical)…
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Finally made my first trip to Rupture London last Friday, and it was immense! Packed house, friendly / amazing atmosphere and sets were fire all night – also had my first chance to see Equinox, who was just as hectic as I’d hoped, and it was great to catch Tech Itch b2b Bkey as I haven’t seen them play for 10 years or so. Whole line-up was too good to miss, and by the time Double O rounded things off at 6:30am, having dropped the tempo to finish on some hardcore / jungle, I was weak at the knees (literally…) but beaming – had a couple of hours sleep in a hostel, and then got the bus home to Cardiff, dazed but very happy.
It’s been a great couple of weeks for people supporting my tunes – massive thanks to everyone who has featured Kyam music in their sets recently.
Yankowsky (Monochrome) supported my Foundation X EP in his recent Mono Show for Jungletrain
Y2 (Danger Chamber) also played Ixnay on his Jungletrain show
Medika played another forthcoming tune (Give & Take) on her recent Noise-London podcast
Check out her page as she has some serious talent!
Trax played Intervention on his Catch a Groove show with Nucleus
And big up to DJ Flight for featuring forthcoming tune Head Down in her Next Chapter podcast!
Extremely happy to announce my latest release – the Intervention EP on Foundation X! Massive fan of the label as well as Skitty’s own stuff, having rinsed loads of wax from both over the years. My copies of Dublin / Put Down Ya Gunz, and Apocalypse (Renegade Hardware) are particularly well worn and I’m a huge fan of the new FDX output too (Djinn / Digital etc). As well as the obvious jungle / break connection, I’m a huge dub fan (got into it around 2001 when I bought my first King Tubby album, and I’ve since been lucky enough to see Yellow Man, Dillinger and Lee Scratch Perry live) and Foundation X’s clear love for the genre has always appealed to me.
The EP features 4 tracks – enjoyed digging into my (non d&B) vinyl collection to sample some sounds / drums for parts of it, and I also got the Juno out for some string sounds etc.
It was nice to have the chance to show-case a range of vibes / influences on the EP and it’s always interesting to hear someone else’s take on your tunes – the press release describes them as:
JUN – Militant and futuristic, Jun builds up a soundscape with echoed synths and a relentless angry break, all underpinned with a warm sub bassline, guaranteed to make you nod your head and tap your feet
INTERVENTION – This stepper brings more dub influence, with delayed horns and vocals building the atmosphere nicely. Once the descending bassline and an amen join the mix it’s full steam ahead dancefloor business, watch out for the 2nd drop!
IXNAY – Slightly reminiscent of millenium tech step flavours. Distorted 808 bass, the intricate hectic drumwork and eerie simultaneously retro and futuristic sounding synths will keep your feet moving and your ears entertained to the very end.
LAPDOG – Relaxed musical chords set the vibe nicely and they fit perfectly with more of Kyam’s uniquely interesting rhythmical patterns. More head music for the masses.
You can check the EP out here, along with the other Foundation X releases:
There’s also another Kyam Foundation X release forthcoming in the future!
Very happy to be in the company of such heavyweights on my newest release – my remix of Skru’s mighty Elder Jedi is featured amongst the likes of Stranjah, Dub One and Spirit on Danger Chamber’s Redemption LP. Full of the good stuff – you can check it out here:
Just about recovered after an immense night at The Coronet in London for Renegade Hardware’s The Final Chapter last Friday. Saw a tonne of great sets throughout the night – lineup was insane, and there were friendly vibes throughout. Caught the Rupture crew, Skitty, Ruffhouse, Loxy and Ink, Flight, Djinn and Antagonist, Stretch, Gremlinz and many more – couldn’t have asked for a better night. 8am bus back to Cardiff was a strain after being up for 24 hours straight but well worth the journey!
Also, just wanted to say a big thanks for the continued support on my Kyam tunes – recently heard them popping up in mixes by Skitty, Medika and Mizeyesis!
Check out the most recent – by Medika – here:
More signing news / releases to come!
Lots more positive d&b-related happenings recently.
I had another chance to see London Elektricity at Aperture Cardiff in November – master mixing and selection in a 3 hour set – still one of my favourite DJs.
A couple of weeks later, Breakage brought his dub influenced sounds to Buffalo (also Aperture), whilst Rockwell did his genre-bending thing.
Both hugely enjoyable sets, and I was also lucky enough to support them – haven’t played out in a fair while, but it was a pleasure.
That also marked my first non-100% vinyl set playing out – nothing to do with format snobbery etc so I’m not about to have a vinyl vs digital rant here, each to their own 🙂 I simply started on vinyl decks, loved them, and didn’t have an opportunity to try CDJs – but I decided to make the switch to include them last year after I had to turn a gig down because a night didn’t have vinyl decks… I saved up for a 2nd hand CDJ1000 and was surprised at how intuitive and fun it was to use in vinyl mode, and so it’s been a perfect addition to my set up since. It also meant I could test out some of my own tunes on the huge rig during my Aperture set.
Also, very happy to announce my 3rd release – my tune “Low Talk” is out later this month on DJ Fox’s Logical Direction Recordings imprint – very proud to be in such good company, heavy weight label.
Finally, I decided to expand my self-release EP into a 10 track album – I’ve finished the last three tracks, and they’ve been send off for mastering, so it should see the light of day early next year!