T.H.E Interview – KPT

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KPT focuses on the critical live performance aspect of electronic music, composing unique arrangements, and using elements pulled directly from those performances.

Differing from his usual style, this totally personal EP was in homage of the artists take have moulded KPT into the artist he is today.

We caught up with KPT to find out more about the DARK.HOUSE release.

T.H.E – Talk us through the inspiration for both ‘DARK’ and ‘HOUSE’ singles?

KPT – The entire release occurred really naturally in my writing process. It just so happens that I leaned a little heavier into my techno and house influences here. Inspiration for “DARK (Single Edit)” specifically, likely came from Stuart Price (Jacques Lu Cont, Les Rythmes Digitales), while “HOUSE (Single Edit)” was definitely inspired by true Chicago house music (Trax Records artists) and late nights listening to pirate station Beat Radio in Minneapolis as a teen.

T.H.E – How would you sum the entire release up in 3 words?

KPT – The title really says it all in just two words. I wanted this thing to just scream what it is. No confusion.

T.H.E – Did you achieve what you set out to do when you first began creating the release?

KPT – At this point, artistically, yes. My co-producer on DARK.HOUSE, Augustus Watkins truly helped realize the vision I’d had and helped shape this into a final product I’m proud of. That and the whole 90’s cassette DJ mix format really solidifies this for me.

T.H.E – How has the initial reaction been?

KPT – Time will tell regarding my audience, but the reaction from my conspirators and peers thus far has been extremely positive and supportive.

T.H.E – What is your favourite part of the release?

KPT – I think all of the little subtleties really tie it together for me. I love crafting continuous mixes and this one has so many meticulous surprises throughout.

T.H.E – Tell us more about the continuous dark mix that is accompanying the two new tracks?

KPT – Most of my releases are constructed from material I write for my live sets. DARK.HOUSE is ultimately a polished and perfected version of a 30-minute live set I wrote and performed in early 2019.

T.H.E – What was it like working with both GIVE/TAKE and Communiqué Records?

KPT – GIVE/TAKE is the label I co-own and run with my business partner. Working with Communiqué is honestly a dream come true. Especially for this release and its personal meaning to me. They’ve been exceedingly enthusiastic about working together on DARK.HOUSE.

T.H.E – How does this compare to some of your other releases?

KPT – It’s unapologetically dance music in comparison. There’s a definite divide between this and my prior output, but I’m hoping that people can find interconnecting elements to bridge that gap.

T.H.E – Who would you like to see supporting DARK.HOUSE?

KPT – Honestly? Kids. While I crafted this album as an overall homage to innovators and my personal inspiration, I’d love if younger folks were able to rediscover the underground or to create the new underground using DARK.HOUSE as a part of that.

T.H.E – Can you give us a sneak-peek into any other projects you are working on at the moment?

KPT – Promoting DARK.HOUSE and Big Witch (another full length I surprise released two weeks prior) is the focus for now. Video plans are in process for those. Regarding new music, I’m in a mood lately so those that like fast and hard could be in for a treat.

T.H.E – Finally, where can the people go to check it out?

KPT – Bandcamp if you like physical (limited edition cassette), Spotify or SoundCloud if you’re into streaming, Beatport for DJ’s and everywhere else in-between.


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