Liverpool native Kydus, has been steadily climbing through the ranks of the electronic music scene over the past few years. His music has garnered support from some of the industry heavyweights such as Carl Cox, Luciano, Hot Since 82 and Yousef. His latest offering the ‘Boomtang’ ep was released late last month and the title track is steadily rising in the Beatport Top 100. ICN caught up with the man to see how it all began and chat about his career so far.
How did you get started with electronic music, DJing/Producing?
From a young age, growing up in Liverpool in the 90’s my parents we’re listening to the old UK house music and piano house that kind of thing. I also watched a documentary when I was 13 about DJ’s and producers and after that I was hooked on it. The likes of Carl Cox and Erick Morillo inspired me and I got my first set of decks at that time and progressed from that into producing.
You’ve received a lot of praise from heavyweights in the techno/house scene, how does that make you feel as an artist?
I’m honored to be honest, to look up to my idols from when I was growing up and then for them to play my records and to actually meet them and become friends with a lot of them – it’s sort of mind blowing to be honest, sometimes I have to pinch myself, it still hasn’t sunk in.
What are some of your performance highlights to date?
I played Space last Sunday (28/8) and ended up closing the Terrace for ‘Do Not Sleep’. For me that was the highlight of my career so far when it comes to performing, it was absolutely unreal. I had to follow Darius (Syrossian) & Hector Couto after a three hour b2b set which for me was pretty daunting at first because Darius decided to drop Born Slippy by Underworld two tracks before I was supposed to go on and I thought “Give me a chance mate”, but in the end I had a full room until closing complete with a round of applause when I finished. It was amazing, that room actually does something to you, it’s crazy, you feel connected to the crowd so much, sometimes throughout my set I was getting goosebumps. I’ve never had that experience before anywhere throughout my 15 years of Djing, it blew me away.
And finally, your tracks have been getting some spins from techno/house legends, Pete Tong is quite the fan, what is your proudest moment as a producer?
Two weeks ago I got my second Essential New Tune with a track called ‘Boomtang’ which is now sitting forth in the Beatport Top 100 and is climbing pretty fast so I’m hoping to top it all off with a number one, hopefully by the end of this week which would be a dream come true for me.