Leftwing : Kody recently made their Seattle debut at Q Nightclub. With releases on Toolroom, Truesoul, Kaluki, Lost Records, and Relief, they are one of the big players in forward-thinking electronic dance music. Masterfully combining the sounds of house and techno, the duo crafts a distinctive sound. Their tracks perform excellently as both standalone records and as part of a DJ’s arsenal. We had the pleasure of interviewing them before their Seattle show and we got the latest on their upcoming releases, music production, and more!
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! For those unfamiliar with you guys and your musical background, please tell us a little about your history as musicians and the road you’ve taken to arrive on the scene as one of house and techno’s biggest acts.
L:K: We have been working together for around 10 years. We met on the London circuit playing at the same events on a regular basis. At that time, we were both making tracks individually and playing each other’s tracks so we decided to get in to the studio together and the rest is history. We started the Leftwing : Kody project around 6 years ago and haven’t looked back since. We really get on together, which is so important because we spend so much time together. It started out as a professional relationship, but we’re more like brothers now.
You’ve had several successful releases this year, what’s next for L&K’s musical endeavors?
L:K: We have some great releases lined up over the next few months. At the end of September we have a collab with Michael Bibi coming out on Solid Grooves, and in November we have a release on our own label Lost Records; then if that wasn’t enough – to round off 2018 we have a collab EP with Todd Terry coming out on Sola.
What’re some of your go-to techniques or tools when you’re in the studio? What advise would you give to aspiring producers?
L:K: Something we always tell aspiring producers is that there aren’t any short cuts in this process. Getting time in front of your DAW is so important, there is nothing better than experience and developing your own sound. Something we always use in our tracks is the Native Instruments Kontakt Sampler; it’s so diverse and also really easy to use.
Your DJ sets often span a huge range of techno and house styles- what are some of your
favorite tracks to play out at the moment?
L:K: A big one right now is Alteration by Taty Munoz – definitely a name to watch over the next 12 months – and also our remix of Milkshake, which always does the job on the dance floor.
What stops, shows, or destinations are you looking forward to for the remainder of the tour? Any touristy events planned stateside?
L:K: Just looking forward to all the places we are going to be playing to be honest; they are all going to be new experiences. Nothing planned, we’ll see what happens – spontaneous things are always the best.
Already in 2018 the duo has played around the world, with shows in London, The US, Dubai, Amsterdam, and Ibiza. They are indubitably one of the most exciting UK tech house acts to watch out for in 2018 and beyond. Follow them on their socials to stay up to date on their US tour, latest shows and music.
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