Kove’s musical development throughout the years is a great one, starting on the guitar at the age of 7; clearly he’s a natural. His exploration in music has taken him through various genres. In moving to London, he grew more familiar with making faster tempo music, leading him to develop and settle comfortably as a DnB artist. Here is some insight into Kove’s journey.
How did you get into production?
I suppose my first look into production was when I got an old Tascam 16 track recorder when I was in my early teens. It was impossible to use so I would just make these long-winded ambient things with guitar noodling over the top probably thinking I was the next Pink Floyd. After that I got a Mac with GrageBand on it, exhausted that and then moved onto Logic and started the long learning curve of trying to make decent music on it.
Which is your favorite venue in London to play at?
Fabric would be the obvious one and I’ve loved playing there but for me The Nest in Dalston wins. I always look forward to our MTA nights down there. Having a few too many beers and playing some tunes on a huge system in a sweatbox can’t be beaten.
What are your plans for 2014?
Plenty of music! I’m really trying to mix it up at the moment and as well as making drum & bass and house I’m also learning to write music that’s unfamiliar to me. Aside from that festival season and going back to Ibiza are some highlights I’m looking forward to.
Can you talk us through your development as a musician over the years?
I started in music in a very conventional fashion. I got a guitar at 7, studied that alongside piano and theory into my late teens then went off to pursue a composition or session musician career. At Uni I realised very quickly that route wasn’t the right one for me, and my interest in dance music and the culture was increasing.
Could you tell us the reasons why you changed your own style and plans musically before you were known as Kove?
I was making a lot of down tempo and disco music before I really started as Kove, which to be honest was never really going to go anywhere. So it was a conscious decision to knuckle down, immerse myself in DnB and attempt to learn the ropes.
What music do you enjoy listening to yourself?
I generally don’t listen to a huge amount of music outside of work. If I’m driving I’m normally listening to LBC (bloody great at 4am when you’ve got the nutters calling in) or podcasts. If I do listen to something though I’ll normally dip into my old rock collection. Can’t beat a bit of Zeppelin.
How are you expecting/hoping music to progress in the future?
It’s great how blurred the lines are now, even within my short DJ career I’ve noticed a shift from playing purely DnB, say to being able to play across the board. The lineups are reflecting that now, and punters seem to enjoy having a selection of styles at a night, as opposed to 6 hours of a single genre.
Who have you enjoyed working with the most?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with some fantastic singers and songwriters recently and building a lot of songs from the ground up, normally just a piano and top line, as it’s a really exciting way to make music. Vula Malinga will always be one of my favourites, watching her turn ‘Love for You’ into the song it is now was a treat plus her energy is so great in the studio. Aside from her writing with James Newman and working with Moko have been highlights; in their respective fields they’re awesome.
What has been your best experience so far in your career?
It’s hard to nail it down to one moment – the calls from label heads wanting to put out your music are always ones you remember. I’ve been very lucky to have experienced that with Futurebound, Andy C and Chase & Status, especially as there’s always a period when no one’s picking up on you, which can be very frustrating.
What advice would you give to other talented UK artists?
The majority of the production/creative sides of things are well documented but one aspect that seems to get overlooked is the importance of decent legal advice, solid management and dealing with finances properly. You’re career is a business at the end of the day so it should be treated like one. I’d especially encourage lawyering up when it comes to contracts and the like. It can all get a bit long winded but in the long run you’ll reap the benefits.
SPECTRUM WAREHOUSE PARTY
Sunday 4th May 2014
2100 – 0600
Great Suffolk Street Warehouse
29 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0NS
Netsky (DJ Set)
Pendulum (DJ Set) +Verse
My Nu Leng