Check out this interview with Kinesus, the emerging producer with grand ambitions shares with us the most important details of his single “Tomorrow Goes On”. Based in Las Vegas, he also describes the music scene, announces the release of his debut album, and much more…
1 – How long have you been producing electronic music?
I started off making hip-hop beats in 2001 and begin to transition to electronic music sometime in 2010. It’s been so long ago; I don’t remember exactly when and how it all happened. I guess what I discovered is that I mostly enjoy composing, creating a melodic atmosphere and combining cinematic elements. Electronic music really gives me more freedom with that. I still have a love for hip-hop and trap beat, and you’ll hear parts of that in some of my music.
2 – For readers who are not familiar with your sound, yet what best describes your style?
I really like to be imaginative with my sounds. I get inspired by all types of genre, every music I ever listen to, I find myself extracting soulful details that I can reconstruct in my own ways. Sometimes it’s hard to tie any one of my songs to a specific genre because the effect of that fusion is unique on its own. What I try to do though, the best that I can, is to tell a story with my sound.
3 – Where did the inspiration mainly come from for your new single “Tomorrow Goes On”?
Believe it or not, what inspired me for “Tomorrow Goes On” was a lot of indie dream-pop music! Most of the songs I listen to feel energetic, melodic and upbeat. It’s the kind of music that lifts your spirit even when you’re having the worse day of your life. This track was about being in that state, and still having the energy to keep going, staying positive and being optimistic about life.
4 – What really sets this track apart from your previous compositions?
The virtual guitar you hear in the beginning was something new for me. I haven’t done anything like that before. The rhythm and the groove were not something I’m used to making. But it’s the guitar that I started playing around with that was the drive for the entire track.
5 – What software, instruments or tools did you use for “Tomorrow Goes On”?
I recorded the virtual guitar in Pro Tools and then used FL Studio to add the rest of the sound together. There were a bunch of different VST instruments on the track, but most of it were from Native Instruments Komplete bundle.
6 – In your opinion, Is Las Vegas a good place for underground electronic musicians?
You know what, I have to be honest, I don’t know the answer to that yet. I want to think it’s a good place to be in because all the major electronic music producers you heard of has performed here. There’s quite a lot of inspiration though when you’re around the strip and you see names like Steve Aoki, Zedd, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, and all the big names who’s been around. I will say this though, Las Vegas is the home for electronic music for many many years to come. C’mon, EDC, that’s not going away anytime soon!
The music scene out here is phenomenal! It’s not just electronic music, you have performers from all musical backgrounds. There’re always music festivals here for everyone and you can find a wide range of genres; reggae, jazz, classical, blues, rock, Latin, experimental, even world music. Plenty to discover. It’s great for me since I love discovering new music. You bring any kind of music to Las Vegas and you can’t go wrong. People here love to be entertained, and music is the center of entertainment. The Blue Man Group and Jabbawockeez are great examples of that.
8 – What type of listeners do you want to attract with your music?
I haven’t really thought about that – I mean, no group in particular. I think if listeners can enjoy music without lyrics and find that it resonates with their emotions, their imagination or their dreams, then my music is for them.
9 – Have you ever produced film scores?
For short films and school projects, yes. I would love to produce film scores for a feature film or video games one day. A composer I really admire in that field is Junkie XL. He started off with electronic music and has now become one of the best film composers today. Of course, there’s also Hans Zimmer. These guys are incredibly talented. If I have a chance to score, I think I’d like to do something like Steve Jablonsky, he’s my favorite composer.
‘Retrogram’ is an album that will be a launchpad for my music career. I’ve been producing music for a very long time, mostly staying under the radar and sharing it with a small community – what most music hobbyist would do, I guess. Now, I think it’s time for me to get out there; expand, reach more people and share my music with the world. It might seem a late that I’m just starting now, but I once heard a quote somewhere goes like, “It doesn’t matter how old your music is, if someone never heard of it, it is new to them.” So, this album will be a compilation of some of the best work I’ve done in the past and a few extra surprises. ‘Retrogram’ will be available this year in July.