The next artist in the 5 minutes series hails from my homeland of the UK. A resident of the capital city of London, Kanyalang is different to our other featured artists. Although his Soundcloud features some House productions, his forte definitely lies in his jungle/breakbeat style releases, which tip towards the early foundations of rave culture in the UK. ‘Badman Champion’ provides a nostalgic trip into 90s underground parties by combining lo-fi frequencies and breakbeat drums. So turn it up, put your lighters in the air and skank the fuck out.
ZF: Which album was the most influential in your life and why?
Kanyalang: I feel like this is a bit of a pretentious answer, but it would have to be Joy Division’s album Unknown Pleasures. It’s the first album that truly got me into music and song-writing and founded much of my musical direction. I don’t listen to them as much as I used to, but they’re still my favourite band.
ZF: Living in London, which clubs do you frequent and nights you attend?
Kanyalang: My favourite club is Corsica Studios but I’m also a big fan of Bussey Building (and Rye Wax), Oval Space and I’ve started going to Phonox a lot more now that HAAi is their resident DJ. However, I’m a big supporter of a lot of the smaller venues across London like Islington Metal Works, Bar a Bar, The Waiting Room, and there is an amazing night the Universe of Tang crew put on in a Manor House warehouse which is a must. Dance Tunnel for a long time was my favourite venue but it unfortunately closed down in the summer which was a massive blow to the area.
ZF: What do you like and not like about London’s music scene?
Kanyalang: The club scene can sometimes be a bit tribal in nature and people can have their prejudices about how you’re meant to act/look in a certain scene which a shame. However there is still a great sense of unity and respect amongst clubbers, notably how everyone came together to get Fabric back up and running, which was an amazing thing to witness happen.
ZF: Describe your production process, where does this happen?
Kanyalang: I sample quite a lot so usually once I have a sample in place this will instigate everything else. I’ll then mess around with presets on Logic until I find something that I like or that works and keep on going until I have all the parts. My song writing process is pretty slow because it takes me a while to think of a structure I’m happy with and I then start getting very meticulous with mixing and probably spend most of my time on this part. I also do find making music quite a torturous experience at times so I have to leave the track alone and come back to it otherwise I go slightly crazy and start hating everything I’m doing.
ZF: What plans have you got for tracks and releases in 2017?
Kanyalang: I’m featuring on an upcoming compilation for Short Attention’s first release which should be out in a few weeks, and has a lot of exciting names on it. There should also so be some other releases further down the line and dates I’m playing but I’ll keep this vague for now. I’m also starting a label with a few friends to reissue a bunch of rare (mainly Japanese) records but I’ll annoyingly keep all the details under wraps for now.
ZF: How do you want your music to connect with your listeners?
Is there a particular set of feelings you are trying to convey in your music?
Kanyalang: I did my first set last year for Nagual Drift’s Label launch party and that changed a lot of the ways I look at my music because it was the first time I’d really seen how a crowd reacts to it in the right setting. In terms of emotions, there’s nothing specific I’m trying to convey as each song I make is usually a reflection of whatever mood I was in at that moment. Music is regularly used as a form of escapism for audiences and I think that’s the same for people who make music.
ZF: Who is your one your idols?
Kanyalang: I would have to pick Stanley Kubrick mainly because of his intense and obsessive dedication to his art. He was the epitome of a perfectionist, and I think people often misinterpret that as being difficult to work with. His work has considerably shaped how I view cinema and if I ever got into making films (I doubt it), he’s someone I would try to emulate. Also because 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favourite films.
ZF: What is your signature party trick?
Kanyalang: My dabbing has become a staple of my nights out but I’m looking for a new move I can use to piss people off with.
Thanks Kanyalang for your words and music!