Riding at the forefront of the new wave of electronic producers coming out of Australia is Kilter. The young Sydney-based producer’s tropically-infused, percussion-laden beats have seen a loyal fan base build among punters, peers and industry types alike.
Kilter’s infectious and atmospheric sounds have been driving people to the dance floor, but it is his live show that keeps them dancing and sets the electronic whiz kid apart. With an MPC, synths, microKorg and drum pad in tow, his show is a live manifestation that speaks volumes for Kilter as not just a skilled producer, but also as a talented musician.
Be it engaging small sweaty clubs or sprawling festival fields, Ned has become a seasoned performer in his short career. His percussion-infused pulse is perfectly mirrored by his kinetic energy and enthusiasm, pushing him to the front of the pack of new artists creating and developing the Australian movement. (c) Ministry of Sound
Thanks to Kilter
Thanks to Aden Mullens / etcetc
On a train from my home to my studio. About to go over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, trying not to let the person behind me eavesdrop.
What kind of music do you remember your parents playing when you were growing up, and how has it influenced your current style?
My parents actually had a pretty great taste in music. They are both musicians themselves and kept the house loud with a heap of different stuff. Albums from De La Soul, St Germain and Groove Armada were my favourites growing up and definately shaped the music I create and listen to now.
What’s your thought process when using samples to create an original?
A lot of the early music I was making was quite heavily sample based. Lots of soul-sample hip hop beats. Part of the reason I did this was that I hadn’t learnt how to make my own sounds so borrowing them was fun and easy. Nowadays, if I am looking for samples it is for interesting and catchy vocal hooks or strange textures and sounds to experiment with. Never really chunks of groove or chords.
What inspired you to start producing? And what is the whole process when you’re alone producing?
Through high school I spent a lot of time mashing together loops in Sony Acid, after a little while, once i started to understand the process better, i moved to Ableton and started creating my own music.
The creative process changes from track to track but I normally tend to just mess around with sounds until an idea sparks. Sometimes its messing around with synths while others its finding a strange sounding percussion sample or something.
When looking at your own music how would you describe it?
It has sandy feet.
What are your essentials in the studio?
I always need a keyboard of some variety. Coming from a jazz background I actually can’t write by drawing in the midi notes or following chord movements. I need to be able to put my hands down on something. I like having a mic around to record bits of pieces- I’ve got a bag of bottle caps in my bag right now to shake around over a track later. Other than that, good food and drink in walking distance away.
If you could work with any artist, past, present or, maybe even, future, who would it be and why?
I would probably have a crack at bringing Curtis Mayfield back from the dead. They don’t make singers like him anymore and would be sooo sick to get him on an electronic beat.
Could you name 3 tracks that have infused your soul over time? any genre any age.
Flume – ‘Sleepless’.
It kinda represents the start of when things started kicking off in Aus for a generation of bedroom producers.
Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘September’.
No song makes me happier.
J Dilla – ‘So Far To Go ft Common, D’Angelo’.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Outkast – ‘I Like The Way You Move’
What do you think about EDM being the powerhouse genre in music at the moment?
I think there is a lot of jumping on trends, but at the same time it has allowed a lot of people to find some awesome music and for producers to make a career for themselves as artists.
How are you with interviews?
Some people say, ‘I don’t like doing interviews – I like making my music and performing it for fans, I don’t want to do anything else’.
I think interviews are kinda fun!
What can we expect from you in the 2nd Half of 2015?
Music music music. I have a lot of stuff I’ve been working on, saving it all up to do something special with. Looking forward to showing everyone and getting back on stage to perform it all.