New Noise: Kidnap Kid

April 8th, 2013

It’s been a meteoric rise for Kidnap Kid – the Black Butter musician closed last year with iTunes US ‘Best Electronic Song of 2012’ for his debut, ‘Vehl’.

Kidnap Kid (Matt Relton)

Tell us a bit about yourself – where did you grew up and how did you get into electronic music?

I’m Matt, 22 and I grew up in Sheffield, England.

What do you think defines the Kidnap Kid sound?

A few days ago I had an interview on East Village Radio, New York, and the interview said that my sound feels like ‘love’ to her. I quite like that. To me, the defining characteristic is that the music is colourful.

You’re signed to Black Butter – how did they find you?

Before Black Butter, I released a few tracks with a smaller label named Squelch and Clap. Once I began to get a little more public attention, the head of the label very selflessly passed my music on to Ollie at Black Butter. I went down to London to meet him shortly after and we’ve been working together ever since.

What’s the one record you can always count on to fill a dance floor?

Waze and Odyssey – I Want You You You.

You’ve produced remixes for Disclosure and Emeli Sande – do you have any track or artist you’re dying to remix?

I’d love remix Michael Jackson – Rock With You. Thinking more realistically; something from the new Justin Timberlake album would be cool.

It feels like UK music right now is all about electronic music that gets people dancing. Why do you think people are starting to love the genre again?

What’s popular musically fluctuates naturally I guess, and soon enough guitar music will have more public attention again. I feel like the music I play gained popularity as a feel good reaction to the noisier end of dance music. For me, it’s all about keeping the music in dance music.

What kind of people would make up your ideal crowd to play to?

A variety of people. If you can get people of different ages and different levels of knowledge about the scene to all dance together, then you’re doing it right I reckon.

A girl threw her bra at you during your Village Underground set – what’s happened to it? Do you still have it?

I didn’t really know what to do with it! It felt like a shame to throw it away, but also kind of weird to keep it. It’s currently sat in my wardrobe.

Who are you listening to right now?

Last Lynx – Killing Switch.

We like to think all the guys in the UK music scene like Rudimental and Bondax all hang out together after their sets – do you have any DJ buddies?

I’ve been touring the US with Rudimental for the last two weeks. Bondax were actually playing some of the same show as well so there is plenty of hanging out. I share a studio with Gorgon City, so I probably spend most time with them.

What’s the most incredible crowd you’ve ever played and why?

It’s hard to pinpoint one. I actually tend to enjoy the smaller crowds/venues, so don’t feel so removed from the party. I played two show in one night in Miami last week that were both really great; 300 capacity venues, quality sound and energetic crowds.

Was there ever a plan B for you – did you have a back-up in case music didn’t work out?

I recently graduated with a degree in Politics and Crime. But realistically there is no plan B. I can’t see myself doing anything other than music, not any time soon anyway.

‘So Close’ is out now on Black Butter.

Words: Zing Tsjeng