Q & A: KC Lights
“I’ve yet to experience Life Festival but I’ve heard so many good things about it so can’t wait!”
How did you first get into Djing/Producing?
Since first picking up and learning to play Saxophone at the age of around 8/9 music has been a huge part of my life. I feel lucky enough to have always known music was what I was going to be doing with my life. I began writing early on, more orchestral/classical pieces to begin with, and then delving into the world of electronic music and dance in my late teens. I went to Ibiza on holiday for the first time when I was 17 and it inspired me. After leaving University I knew I needed to choose a career path to focus on, the obvious choice for me was producing the music I love and being on stage sharing it with the world.
If could – what advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
I’d say don’t try too hard, and don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what’s to come and where you’re gonna be in 5 years! Just have fun writing music. I started writing music for the sheer passion of it and it’s important to make sure it stays that way, despite career & financial pressures.
What's your favourite way to find new music?
Obviously I get a lot of music via all the typical promo avenues, but in all honesty I get bored easily sifting through mountains of music that isn’t going to work in my set or I’m not that into just to find a few tracks that I like. I prefer getting notes from friends with new music, or even a personal email from someone I don’t know that thinks their new track will be up my street. I keep a note on my phone when I hear something when I’m out and about too. Also I find that youtube can be a great place to find music I’ve never heard before, based on youtube’s recommendations, particularly older records.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
I live in Glasgow, which is renowned for having an incredibly vibrant and productive music scene. There is a lot of great music consistently coming out of Glasgow, as well as an impressive array of live venues and clubs. I’ve toyed with the idea of leaving Glasgow the past couple of years but I really feel creatively richer being a part of the scene here.
“the obvious choice for me was producing the music I love and being on stage sharing it”
What do you best like to do when you're not making music or DJing?
I love to cook. I guess it must be the creative side of me but similarly to my music I enjoy experimenting with my food, taking inspiration from a chef I admire or a country I’ve just visited. I take my time in the kitchen and it can be a great escape at times from all things music!
How do feel about social media and the role in plays in creative culture today?
On a personal level I’m definitely not a fan, and generally don’t subscribe to a more digitally social lifestyle. However it’s allowed for a much bigger melting pot of culture and art. It’s without a doubt had an incredibly positive influence on art and music as we know it at the moment. For me, accessibility is key for any sort of creative exploration or progression and social media today plays right into that. Whether you like it or not other people’s opinions and creations are forced into your line of sight, every experience is shared now globally and it’s shaped much richer and more diverse creative environment.
Tell us about an artist you’ve recently discovered and what it is about their music that you enjoy?
It has to be Nightlapse, a couple of really great lads from Liverpool who are making some incredible music.. They’ve just signed to MK’s Area 10 label and have sent me a bunch of new, unreleased bits that I’m sure are going to be really big for them this year. Their music is really energetic but still has a dark & moody vibe to it and absolutely kills it in the club. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
What are your favourite clubs / venues / festivals? Why are they special to you?
(You don't have to say Life Festival!)
It’s always pretty special playing at home, in Glasgow. There’s something about a home gig that makes it all feel a little more real, remembering what it was like being on the other side of the decks and thinking how awesome it would be being the one up there playing my own music. I’ve had the pleasure of playing SWG3 in Glasgow a number of times of the past couple of years there’s always an incredible energy in there.
Another one for me that I always really look forward to all year round, and it always exceeds expectation, is Warehouse Project in Manchester. It’s such an iconic event and it’s always an amazing party. I have to mention Creamfields as well, it is another favourite festival that’s not to miss.
I’ve yet to experience Life Festival but I’ve heard so many good things about it so can’t wait!
What is your favourite thing to do pre and post performance?
Pre performance it’s all about chilling out for me. I actually quite like doing a little last minute playlist organising as well before a gig, going through some older stuff too and finding some gems I’d forgotten about. I always try to get to the club nice and early as well, it really helps to get in the mood and also getting an idea of how the night is gonna shape up and how I’m going to play.