Son Kite - Stomp Session
Article posted by admin on 5/08/2002 10:07PM
Interview by Henrik @ TractAct
Known for their rocking live acts, Swedish trance act Son Kite has developed a unique interactive live concept. Son Kite has performed all over the world and have releases on well known labels such as Flying Rhino, Transient, Nova Tekk and of course their own label Digital Structures. After the much-appreciated gig at Earthcore 2001, Marcus and Sebastian of Son Kite are returning to Australia for another progressive tech/trance Stomp Session.
So what does Son Kite mean?
Marcus: Son is from the Latin, meaning “to sound”. And Kite is the thing you fly, a toy. So with the help of sound we reach the sky as someone can do with a kite. It’s the best description of our way of seeing music!
You decided early on not to play DAT live; can you tell us about your way of playing live?
Marcus: We have worked very hard to make our live performances as interactive as possible. We want it to sound live.
Sebastian: With our way of playing live we very much have a free hand when it comes to both building the tracks and also modulation of separate sounds. We can therefore easily adapt to the audience and it emits a vibe of credibility when people realize that the activity on stage is actually a unique version of a track. It creates an interactive feeling that many other live acts are missing.
What do you like the most, working in the studio or playing live?
Sebastian: While working in a studio you can be very creative. The studio is for me the process of creation. The feeling after creating a track, after one or two weeks of hard work and then letting other people listen to it, its really hard to describe. It’s a kind of love, a really special feeling. Playing live is the link to reality where you get feedback on the work you have made in the isolated studio. It’s really nice to play live and see people enjoying our music.
Marcus: You have to find a balance between live and working in the studio. If you do too much live or studio work, you will probably end up less energetic about it. And it’s really important to be motivated and energetic in your work.
Musical career highlights?
Sebastian: When we released our first record, that was of course a special feeling…and many of our live sets have been really nice experiences. Among them Earthcore´s New Years party last year!
How has your music evolved between your first and second record?
Marcus: Son Kite has become deeper. The second album “Perspectives of…” is much more complex and more varied. We have become better producers and the soundscapes in the new tracks are better!
Sebastian: We have worked hard on the second album, it took us almost 1,5 years to make. With the second album we wanted it to be varied so the music fits on different dance floors and different occasions. Judging by the response from the critics it seems that we have been successful.
Which is your best track?
Marcus: This is not an easy question. I think we both have several favorites because our tracks can be good in various ways. “Receive” was our first hit and it will always mean something special to us.
Sebastian: From our first album I think its ”Openfaced” and ”Fungi Funk”. To decide if a track will be a favorite or not, you will have to listen to the track really carefully, and over and over again. If the track still is good, then you have probably made a good track. I haven’t had time to decide which tracks are my favorites on the new album yet, but at the moment its: “If ashtrays could talk”, “Where's the drum” and “Aiwana”.
Do you have any releases in the pipeline?
Marcus: In December we will release remixes of “Aiwana” on both CD and vinyl. In October we release a compilation CD called “Footprints” on our own label DIGITAL Structures. On it you will find artists like Son Kite, Ticon, qlap, Vibrasphere, Bigwigs, 12 Moons among others.
Sebastian: We will also release a new 12” on Flying Rhino and another on DIGITAL Structures in the beginning of next year.
Marcus: After all that, it is time to begin producing our next two albums, one live album that will be a very interesting and large project. The second is a downbeat album that will be really interesting to produce. Sebastian: And we also have some releases with our other projects: Trimatic, Minilogue, Qlap (with Ticon), Ooze and Filur…
How do you think the global trance scene will evolve in the future?
Marcus: I think trance has become more and more influenced by techno, so probably crossover between different styles while be more common. Even techno is becoming more and more trance influenced.
Sebastian: Another interesting thing is that club trance and the more underground psytrance are more often played together. Many DJ’s that play psytrance is beginning to play more club trance with more groove.
What do you think of the huge psytrance scene in Germany?
Marcus: The Germans have always been ahead when it comes to electronic music. There is a very intense and alive electronic music and dance culture there.
Sebastian: But that doesn’t mean that the German parties are better than other places in the world. Sometimes it feels like there are too many parties, and sometimes organized by people who don’t know how to make a good party or how to create a good vibe.
In which countries will you play?
Sebastian: We are almost fully booked for the rest of this year. We will play in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico and Australia etc.
More about Son Kite:
MPDQX Label Group