Fast rising DJ & producer Kieran Apter is already turning heads with stand out releases on Stellar labels like Anjunadeep, Hommage, and Chapter 24, along with heading up his long standing Edinburgh based house and techno party ‘Tweak_’. We invited him along for a guest mix & interview.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
I’ve always been a big music lover, I got my first set of turntables when I was around 14 or 15. At that time I was really into hip hop but I didn’t take it very seriously, I would get my friends over and mess around in my room. Soon enough I got into electronic music and started clubbing regularly. I remember I used to put together playlists and burn them on CDs to play when we got back to after parties. Thinking back I was always excited to share or play music for people. A few years later I started putting on some small parties in Edinburgh with friends, and then when I was 21 I decided to move to Ibiza for the summer. This really changed everything for me and ignited my passion for house music even more, so much so that I spent four summers on the island. I then started DJing regularly in the Edinburgh club circuit. This led to me launching a party together with my friend Simon Bays called ‘Tweak_’. Naturally the DJing led to production.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I recently moved to London and I’m really enjoying living here so far. Before that I was based in Edinburgh, although I’m originally from a small village not far from the city called West Calder. Scotland has a great history in club culture. I’ve definitely been inspired by people like Harri & Domenic and Optimo, and nights at Subclub.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
I always find it hard to describe my sound, I like making emotive house music. Depending on the track I may try and combine elements from disco or afro house. A lot of the stuff I’ve made is deeper but one of my recent tracks ‘6.10.21 Break’ is very up tempo breakbeat electro.
What is your production process – is each project different? And what are your key pieces of studio kit?
Each project does tend to be a bit different for me, it’s great when things come together quickly although this isn’t always the case. I sometimes start ideas with the drums and bass lines to create a groove, others I’ll start off with the breakdown and try and create some nice chord progressions – you can then build the whole track around this. My key pieces of studio kit are my Korg Minilogue Synthesiser, and my microphone. My dad is a percussionist and I have been recording him lots and using the sounds in my tracks.
What is your deepest darkest secret?
I’m not a secretive person. Something I have learned along the way is that honesty is the best policy!
What is the most interesting gig you have played and why?
It’s hard to say, but I really enjoyed playing at Sysiphos a few weeks ago. That’s the second time I have played there now and I’ve loved every minute of it. I feel people in Berlin are into the music more and you can really feel it from the booth.
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
I have a new EP out on Sol Eterno called ‘For Those Who Dream Big’. I have a track that I made together with Neil Flynn which will come out later this year on Connected, the label run by The Stereo MC’s. At the moment I am finishing off a remix for Monkey Safari as well as more of my own stuff. Gig wise I’m looking forward to be back in Edinburgh next month as part of my residency for Pleasure.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
I recorded this mix on CDJ’s and a mixer at home. Usually I would record a few versions to work out exactly what I wanted to play or how I wanted things to sound, but I was happy with how it sounded after the first take. There’s new music from Kincaid, I’m really digging his stuff. A new track from MT. Rave on Slowciety, a cool label from Paris. A new release from Elias on Connected and more!
Catch Kieran alongside Just Her on the Constant Circles Radio Show: