Cowlin Presents: Dusty Kid
I recently caught up with DJ & Producer Dusty Kid. We spoke about what he would class his music genre that he produces, how he got into music in the first place, spoke about his recent LP ‘Not So Green Fields’, as well as speaking about his Radio 1 essential mix he recorded back in 2009.
Describe to me what you would call your music style?
Hard to say! it might be sometimes techno, sometimes trance, sometimes pop, sometimes soundtrack, sometimes anything in between, crossover, whatever, I am definitely not a purist. Everything I compose reflects certain feelings I have in the moment I’m writing it, so the palette can be quite open, and I think it also reflects my background and what I really like from other artists and other forms of art.
At what age did you decide you wanted to be a DJ? How did you pursue this dream into who you are today?
I was very very young, probably 4 or 5. But at that point I wanted to be a pianist, not a DJ. Then my dream turned from being a pianist to become a composer, and still is! I’ve been lucky enough as my passion and my dream became a reality, I love to spend my days in studio composing any sort of thing from techno to pop, and this eventually gave me also a big opportunity of traveling the world sharing this passion with other people and other cultures.
Not So Green Fields was recently released earlier this year. Is there a story behind you naming it this?
I always do albums when I feel like I have a story to tell, to record, to remember, and yes, Not So Green Fields is another story. A traveller from a northern cold country arrives in the island (Sardinia, the place where I live) and spends 2 weeks with me going around all over it, visiting places he’s never seen before and for which he will fall completely in love. “Not so green fields” is the feeling he has when seeing the landscapes in the island, burnt from arsons and dry as it is summertime, very different from what he’s used to see in his country, where everything is nicely green all year long.
You’ve named yourself ‘Dusty Kid’, what’s the reason for the name? How old are you?
A dusty kid for me is one of those little boys that used to clean cowboys’ boots in western movies, Stefano Noferini gave me that name when I was working with him ages ago, he had this big room full of dusted records and I was used to spend afternoons there listening music from the past.
You recorded a heavy hitting Radio 1 essential mix back in 2009. How did this link up take place and how did it feel to be picked for something like this in your career? When you recorded this, how did you plan the track list out?
It was such a big honour to receive such request from BBC, as It was for be a big occasion for me to gather a lot of music that until that point of my career has been very influential. Well, it still is! So I just tried to pick up a very wide range of genres and gather them together in a way that could make sense and give the listener an idea of at least part of my background.
2016 is creeping up on us fast. What do you have planned for NYE/NYD? Do you have anything planned for your music for 2016?
I am currently working on new stuff, some new EPs dance floor oriented and some other non-dance stuff which I hope to release later next year. I have so many things in mind I’d like to do but it will take years and years to realize them all!
How did you make your break into the underground scene? Did anyone guide you along your way?
Everything arrived pretty fast and unexpected, I just made some EPs that suddenly lot of big dis started to include in their sets, I really liked that aspect as I didn’t really have a clue on how club music was being broadcasted in that period.
Your most favourite festival you played at this year?
Audioriver in Tokyo was very fun.
What does your music production set up consist of?
I mainly do everything with a computer, an automated console, some very good preamps, a good microphone and I have some classic hardware synthesizers from the past, Roland and Arp among my favourites! I do use both hardware and software synths though, I make no distinction whether is analog or digital as long as it sounds good.
For young producers coming into the music scene, tell them something that could help them to becoming the musician that you are today…
Use your ears to listen what your heart wants to say!
What does your music production set up consist of? Have you ever used other software prior to using the software that you do today?
I use today an old version of Cubase on a Macintosh computer, but I have used also Logic and Ableton Live in the past. Most of the time I use a certain software depending on what I want to do, but Cubase is what I use more often nowadays. I love Arturia, Universal Audio and Soundtoys plugins, they’re just classics!
When releasing this LP, were there any other tracks you made but decided to leave out for the final piece? What was your motive when producing this? How did you get yourself inspired?
I was heavily inspired from what happened in my life in 2014, so everything you hear in the album is mainly the result of my feelings after such a nice year. It also had some sad moments and they’ve been also included in the record. I had some other tracks not included in the final version, that have been used as b-sides for the singles.