Back with the Chi-town boy Kave today. If you remember he made that monster beat with Compact Disco that killed it… Check here. We got that young interview with the man, and some new tracks you probably haven’t heard yet. Let’s go.
DE (HOUDINI): Tell us about Kave the project and who you are as an individual. What’s a day in the life like?
KAVE: Well I think that I in order too understand more about me and my music, its first important too learn a little about my past and what helped shape me into the person I am today. I grew up living in the not so greatest areas of Atlanta, and from a early age music was one of the only outlets I had. As a young boy, I studied classical music on a variety of instruments such as the piano, upright bass, and violin. As I got older, I got into other instruments like the guitar. I was lucky enough at that age too be trained by some really great musicians, some of now are worldwide famous, most notably Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders who taught me so much about the creation of music & the theory behind it. I really feel that this strong background in music & music theory helps me everyday in what I create, I mean sometimes if I don’t have my laptop handy and I have some wicked tune or chord progression in my head, I’ll literally get some paper, draw some staff bars, and score out the chords and notes. I try to compile all of myself into my music too really express not only my past, but also the present. Most of my music is a little on the darker side because, well, I’m just a little more of a cryptic individual, but I have received nothing but positive feedback, which I am eternally grateful for.
Who are your biggest influences as an artist?
Wow, now here’s a list that can go on forever! I mean, there are so many musicians that inspire & influence me from all over the grid, from electro, disco, funk, bass music, metal, and more. If I had too pick just a few, it would have too be artists like Justice, Daft Punk, New Order, Grum, Crystal Castles, Le Castle Vania, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Nicky Romero, Phonat, PrototypeReactor, Mantis, Mord Fustang, Tommy Trash, Brodisnki, Hacker, Bloody Beetroots, & many many more! I’m also a huge fan of french electro/disco.
What’s it like being a musician on the grind in Chicago?
Chicago is absolutely a crazy city. Being the 3rd largest city in the nation, there’s definitely opportunity here. But with potential opportunity comes the drawback of increased competition. So you gotta work, work, work, work, work. The hardest part is actually getting in the scene and getting your name out there, but once people start realizing that your making quality music and your fans are actually interested in seeing you perform, then it becomes easier. Even so, there’s hundreds of other talented musicians trying too get their come up, so you can never really rest easy.
What’s the next step for you? More releases? Touring? Videos?
Definitely more releases coming soon! My new collab track with my good friends Compact Disco did pretty decent for its release. Next I will be releasing a new disco track along with a new electro track following that! And actually I am on tour now! I’m coming up on my break for that, so ill be heading back too Chicago for a week and then its off too San Francisco! Which I’m totally psyched about, I’ve never been too the west coast before!
What’s the craziest show you’ve played? Tell us about some of the weirdest, coolest, funniest things you’ve seen in the business.
I’d say that the craziest show I’ve ever played was last year at Halloween. We had all worked really hard on the promo too get this club packed, and boy did it!! Our venue capacity was like 350, and we hit that at 11:30 with a huge line around the door. And I mean seriously, some of the hottest girls I’ve ever laid eyes on were there that night. Dj’s were taking shots all night from opening till closing, and everybody had a blast. Definitely was one of the funniest nights in my life.