#YMXINTERVIEW | A conversation with Italian electronic trio K-LSY

Take a bit of Daft Punk, mix it with some JUSTICE and add an extra dark ambient-industrial vibe. Shake it well and twist it with a rock soul. Now you can enjoy a perfect cocktail of K-LSY, an Italian trio of young talents who grew up together with the goal to play big festivals and disco clubs.
We’ve been captured by their sound and we decided to sit down to discover more about Piero, Alessandro and Andrea and their story.

YMX:  Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.

K-LSY: We are three life-long friends who went from forming our first band at school, in Italy, to creating our independent art and finally become Kelsy. We have known each other from childhood and over the time we have shared all our music, blending all the elements to create a unique sound. We want goals that build us up and empower us as a band and as artists but our main ambition is to reach as many people as possible with our music, which we think is the goal of all artists. Today we are at the beginning of our adventure and we hope to have a great story to tell one day. If you give value to something that you have and you think it’s very special, you’ll keep it with care because it gives you great pleasure.

YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?

K-LSY: We love making a clean and elegant mix, but always focusing on electronic music. In other words, we use to mix and incorporate classical instruments like guitars or pianos with synthesizers like a Juno or a Moog.

YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far? 

K-LSY: We didn’t wanna have a “dirty” sound using too many distortions on our instruments and we’ve been influenced by some of the greatest such as Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk. Our songs are also inspired by very different names in the indie rock scene such as White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys. By looking at the song’s structure, you can see how The Beatles are so influential for us. They did so much to pop/rock/psychedelic music in their time and they also had a massive influence on popular culture in general. This makes our songs generally pop-dance.

YMX: You recently released “EVERY MINUTE”. Can you tell us how that project came about?

K-LSY: Every Minute was born after Billie Ellish’s debut. The song, in fact, has a very Dark atmosphere as you can see from the video that shows it very well. The meaning of the song is to express an observation, a message of social criticism of the time we are living in, the desire to escape and the awareness of being exploited. The guitar riff is in a minor key, a bit “parochial”. And the chorus is pure dance.

YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, but the music industry and arts, in general, took a heavy hit. How did you guys cope with that, musically speaking?

K-LSY: According to plan, the album was due to come out last spring. We obviously lost festivals and concerts during the summer and we’ve had to postpone the project. We could have released the album during the lockdown period, but the risk was that over the time people would have unconsciously associated it with a dark and limited period of the coronavirus. Which it’s not what we aimed with this album. The hope is that once autumn will arrive, the emergency will cease and people will be ready to welcome new music without overly busy thoughts.

Watch the official music video of “EVERY MINUTE”

YMX: Do you consider important working together in a team, or do you prefer working alone?

K-LSY: We believe in the team as well as all the people who work with us to bring the music forward. Since each member of the group has a slightly different personal artistic idea, there is a starting point that we develop together, where everyone proposes his ideas according to his musical tastes. Once we have a clear idea for the song, we then work more individually to focus on our instruments. Finally, we finish the last things with the whole team.

YMX: What are you looking for, in terms of promotion? What do you think could be helpful to promote your music around?

K-LSY: It is now clear that the social and digital side cannot be overlooked by an artist. In Spotify, we see the new radio as it has many possibilities and it’s not limited only to a simple listening, but it also gives a sense of professionalism in the eyes of the public. So, we see an excellent opportunity in the application’s playlists, which are the most direct digital way you can have with the opportunity to build an audience who doesn’t know your music yet.

YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?

K-LSY: Performing live is the best moment for us. The right opportunity where people can see and feel our art “as a whole”. For this reason, the show is not just an exhibition but also a “non-stop” experience made of sounds and images. With the evolution that the entertainment world has seen in this period, we include all the special effects that we can offer and comes to mind in the show, for what we can afford at least. We will be able to reach our ideal entertainment only having the economic possibility to represent our ideas.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.) 

K-LSY: The album should be released at the end of 2020 – the beginning of 2021. In the meantime, we will release another single with a video clip and maybe even one more in December, if the public just can’t wait!

As a music blog, we’re always focused on the promotion of new great acts, especially when the artists we found are so young and yet so talented. We wish all the best to this new project and we can’t wait to hear more from these guys!