K.LED is a producer/ dj from Saudi Arabia. He will be performing this december at MDLBEAST’s Soundstorm, sharing ground with some big names such as Danny Tenaglia, Tiesto, Marco Carola, David Guetta, Dan Ghenacia and more. He has joined us in a conversation about his musical inspiration, future plans and more.
How has 2021 been for you?
It has been a busy year filled with alot of positive impactful moments on my music career. Focusing mostly on the development of our local music scene and the cultural development of the party scene. The year is not over yet, so there is still room for new motions to take place.
The Pandemic had a tremendous impact on everyone, none more so than us in the music industry, what positives did you take from it?
Honestly, I took it as a chance to reinvent myself. And I think it’s safe to say that a lot of artists in the industry have done the same. The absence of a dancefloor meant the need for external validation was dropped, allowing myself and others to know our own flow better and to truly feel our rhythms before sharing it with anyone else.
It gave us time to reflect on our sounds and reassess our values and purposes. I truly am grateful for the opportunity that presented itself through this pandemic. My goal now is to support the scene internationally wherever I can. It’s not only about expanding my exposure as much as finding new ways to reinvent ourselves and the scene. I’d pay clubs to play instead of them paying me.
Please describe to us your own sound, what is unique about it?
I describe my sound as if an Engineer, acoustic designer & musician walk into a bar; turns out they are all just one audiophile. Creative by technicality, what begins behind the decks is intended to reach further and deeper into our own perception, thoughts and (em)otions. Influenced by jazz, rock, techno, experimental electronic music and disco. Played in the notes of house, microhouse and tech.
In the studio, do you jam live to see what comes out or do you construct your songs with a brief and an aim beforehand?
In order for my jam sessions to be coherent and productive I spend a good amount of time structuring and practicing my performance and musical processes. That way I can have the best of both worlds. We are our habits, either they make us or we take control of them and shape ourselves and crafts
Specifically, is there a direct link between the tracks you produce and what you want to play out to a crowd live?
I rarely produce music with the intention of pleasing the crowds. Especially when it comes to making music. I produce and design sounds that are either a representation of an expression/extension of who I am or because I am inspired to push something and share it with others. As for playing out for the crowd, I always stick by with what Ben Sims said once “Don’t trust a dj that doesn’t know how to dance”
What is the scene in the Middle East like – and how did you first get into dance music?
The music scene in general has been a core aspect of middle eastern culture for centuries. It was classical in the golden era back in the 20s and 30s with people like Ahmad Zakaria being responsible musically for artists such as Um Kalthoom. To folk music being a pinnacle in each society as it is all around the globe.
Electronic music has been live and vibrant in the region from the early 90s. With Lebanon leading the scene and more recently making its way to Saudi Arabia, thanks to MDLBEAST for putting that out on the map.
What should people expect from you at MDL Beast’s ‘Soundstorm’ which is soon approaching?
Expect the unexpected. Because even for us locals we get surprised every time. And what we hope is that we all use this platform as a means to connect with one another and share our learnings and experiences to better each other.
How important is it for the region to have big and visible events like this with international artists?
It is vital as it serves as a platform to connect the artists together. Inspire some roots to be planted, and offer a chance to those who don’t travel to experience the beauty of electronic music and the vibes that it generates with it.
What future plans do you have, any projects you can share with us?
2022 is already optimistic. With some international gigs in Europe lined up, I really would like the opportunity to play in different intimate venues around the globe. Eventually making my way back to where this all started for me, Montreal, Canada. Love is meant to be shared, and I have a tremendous amount of passion for the industry and for what I do.
I look forward to all opportunities created and that may present themselves along the way.
The launch of my independent artist page on bandcamp to share my work with the world looking at January 2022 with release of a 2 track EP and to have the year filled with releases.
I am also performing as a drummer in a band that might be going somewhere or just aimed to be fun. In all cases I am just over the moon with joy and grateful for what I am able to do and am looking forward to the upcoming year has in store for all of us!