Kabutey (pronounced Ka-bu-the), is a multi-talented Dj and producer. Crossing a wide variety of genres, from bigroom EDM to hip-hop, from House to Techno-infused bits, Kabutey also featured on an immense list of playlists and radio programs, and regularly features in Myxcloud’s top 100 of charts in relative genres. Following the release of his latest single ‘Hey’, we decided to sit down with the globetrotter creative to find out more about his creative universe. Here’s what we found out:
YMX: Hey Kabutey, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
K: I can’t complain. I hope better 🙂
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
K: It’s always been a natural talent. I’d scribble song lyrics during lectures in class, that natural.
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
K: Beethoven because I listened to his music as a child and discovered a song can be for extended variations of time. Timbaland because I learned how to make beats by listening to what he produced for himself, Magoo, Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and other artists. Pharrell because I also learned my music production skills, growing up in high school, by listening to what he produced for him and other artists.
YMX: You recently released a bigroom banger, ‘Hey’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
K: ‘Hey’ came about from listening to the future rave music David Guetta and Morten have recently been putting out. I designed the track future rave style to mix during live sets because I like to play future rave and big room tracks live. The track can also be enjoyed in any setting which makes it awesome.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
K: It was interesting as I was expecting to see a surge in music creation activity but I remained fairly inspired to produce two tracks all of last year.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
K: Yes. I like the idea a lot and I’m actively trying to expand on playing virtually streamed dj sets from awesome locations around the world.
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
K: It’s really important to promote my music. Getting my songs on playlists is always nice. Another strategy is giving a free download.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
K: I’m playing a dj set for Imago Music Festival in March benefitting Los Angeles foster care.