It’s a rare thing catching a stripped-back DJ set at bass-pounding venue Building Six. It’s an even rarer thing getting to witness the first UK appearance from an artist who’s effortlessly opening the eyes and ears of every listener with his minimalistic and organic take on drum and bass.
Kimyan Law, a perfect fit for no-fuss, no-frills music output “Blu Mar Ten Music” and one of the newest pieces of the puzzle alongside Frederic Robinson, Stray and Ed:It. Last November uncovered the hidden treasure “Coeur Calme” – twenty-year-old Nico Mpunga’s debut album and drum and bass’ best kept secret. An LP quiet and transfixing yet speaking volumes. Hypnotic, intriguing and consistent in sound whilst thoroughly exploring the hidden depths of D+B. A display of Nico’s ability to convey an array of ideas and imagery through his production; no doubt a skill developed from his many other talents as an avid painter, video director and graphic designer.
Hey Nico, are you looking forward to Building Six? Anyone you’re looking forward to seeing while you’re there?
I’m definitely looking forward to it. I have never been to the venue so I’m even more curious.
Apart from Chris BMT and Fracture, definitely Dub Phizix and Strategy. I’ve got to admit I’m a big fan of theirs.
You discovered electronic music pretty early on, around the age of 12. How were you initially introduced to it? Did you always have a love for drum and bass or is this something that your music evolved towards naturally?
At first, I experienced loads of minimal house/garage, but since I got into drum and bass I continually tried to recreate what I’d heard. It was hard at the beginning, because no one in my environment seemed to have a clue how electronic music was produced.
We’re big fans of ‘Copperclock’ at Hospital, having released it as part of our Hospitality 2015 compilation. Are you constantly inspired by objects around you as well as the many instruments that you play?
Thank you; yes definitely. I have a constant urge to create rhythms anytime, anywhere and the nice part about this is that you can use literally everything! I play about 7 different instruments – djembe, cahon, kalimba (thumb guitar), drum set, piano and a few percussive instruments. I think the most prominent is the kalimba. The most unusual object I’ve used was probably a few kilos of frozen earth, on ’Solange’. (Available as part of “Coeur Calme”, see HERE.)
Your Slumber Session mix incorporates a huge range of music. Which other musicians or genres have been the biggest inspiration on your own sound?
In genres I think Jazz, Orchestral, Drum & Bass and Ambient. Speaking of musicians I would say Amon Tobin, Burial, Culprate, Radiohead and tons of other people.
It seems as though there are a lot of cinematic influences in your music, is film a big influence on your sound?
I wouldn’t say film, but film music / soundtracks in general. They were always one of the biggest influences on my projects and me. A movie would have hardly any impact on the audience without a soundtrack, without sound design. Of the movies I’ve recently watched, Interstellar has a great one.
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You can see Kimyan Law in action for his debut UK set at Building Six on the 6th of February.
Very limited tickets left.