Interview with Kingdumb





Enter Kingdumb. Kingdumb is a British born Asian who has been perfecting the art of DJing and music production since age 13. Kingdumb’s motivation is to make people dance and connect with people through his music. With lots of support for an underground alias he now moves into a different realm, focusing on pushing standards forward in electronic music and making people want to move.

Over the last year Kingdumb has amassed over 100,000 streams using a fully DIY approach and has now collaborated with two UK charting artists, one of which had a seminal number 1 hit. Support has come from many places, with BBC Asian Network and A&R factory being of particular note. With past DJ gigs ranging from London to Birmingham to Southampton, Kingdumb has built an arsenal of music to showcase his sound whilst performing.

Working out of his custom built garage turned studio, an album is currently in the works and Kingdumb has been building a blueprint to be able to do live improvised renditions of his music. His next single is called “Please Stop Talking” and is born out of the thought that avid music lovers get when someone talks over music you are intently trying to listen to! With vocals performed by Agga, the music was built with a 4x4 rhythm but draws inspiration from Drum and Bass and Bassline, with a focus on technical finesse and big, groovy sound design.

What first inspired you to make music? I first heard amazing electronic music in the form of Prodigy. I heard their track 'Charly' and was instantly encapsulated. Shortly after I was introduced to the sound of Jungle which turned into Drum and Bass. I asked my cousin how they make that type of music, and he replied with 'computers'. This was the first time I knew I was intrigued and went on to get the tools needed to start making music myself.

Who is your biggest influence and what is it about their music that you find interesting? My biggest influence actually comes from Drum and Bass as a whole. There are too many to mention, but the scene is full of really forward thinking producers, many of them with a trademark sound. This is where I learnt to hone my craft and excel in technical production.

How would you describe your music and what path has brought you here? My music is generally full of energy, and is currently focused on big 'dirty' original sounds. The path to this music is my love of DJing, and making people want to go crazy when out having fun is a key motivation for me.

What is your creative process? Inspiration can come from anywhere. A life event, a walk, watching something on TV. My creative process is to start with drums usually then build a bassline around that. All the musical and smaller elements follow, and the arrangement is finessed throughout the session(s). Sometimes I I'll switch up the process and go my vintage synths and start playing with chords until something sticks. I'll then build everything around a melody. Usually these songs come out more musical in my experience. The creative process is catalysed by my environment. I have a dedicated studio space which is shut off from everything else - this really helps me focus. Another part of the process is that I work late at night. This is another thing that helps me find my flow.

What is the most enjoyable and most frustrating part of recording for you? The most enjoyable part of making music is when ideas build and you build new ideas on top of those original ideas. When you know a tune is coming together - that's the best bit. Oh and also playing them out or to people and getting a good reaction is amazing! The frustrating part for me is working with artists who are not as committed to music as they say.

What is the most enjoyable and frustrating part of live performance? The best part of performing is making people dance their arses off! When you create those transitions that lead to a crescendo in the set and the crowd reacts, it's a buzz. The frustrating part is when you play something you've made and you wanted a bigger reaction than you got. But as long as you take learnings from this that's what is important.

What is the most memorable gig you performed? It was actually for a different project to Kingdumb but a gig in Bristol at a small venue called the Crofters Rights. The sound system was on point and the crowd was absolutely having it! I was also playing on the bill with one of my favourite producers which hit me in the heart.

How do you feel social media and the internet has affected the way you promote or distribute your music? It's huge. In one respect it allows easier access to direct fans and to quickly build, but on the other hand it's much harder to create shelf life for music, which means you have to constantly create (which is fine if you truly love the art of making music). I grew up in a time where vinyl was still popular, so seeing the shift to digital is massive. I personally love everything being digital, as I can write something in the studio and go and perform it the same day if I have a gig.

What is the most trouble you have gotten into? Haha, mad question. Probably when the police came knocking on my door when I was young. I had a friend circle that got into trouble with another friend circle locally. Stupidly I had just fixed my ball bearing gun the day it kicked off (it's basically an airsoft gun). Me and my friends decided stupidly to take it out with us. No more of that!

What is the best advice you have been given? Meditate. My dad introduced me to it a few years ago and it changed so many things for me. When I need a sense of calm, it's my go to. When I go to sleep, it's my go to. When I need some clarity - again, its my go to.

Being part of the music scene, there must be acts that you have played with that have made an impact on you, who would you say was the one that stood out the most and why? Working with MC DT was decent. He had a number 1 chart hit with his popular line (we're loving it loving it loving it). Working with him gave me credentials and made me realise I was further forward in my craft than I had realised at the time.

What is next for you? My new single - out on 13th November. It's called 'Please Stop Talking' and features an artist called Agga.

What was the driving force behind your latest work? The inspiration for the music came from those moments where you are trying to listen to a tune and there's someone yapping away next to you. Inside your head you're thinking "please just be quiet!"

What part of the production process were you keen to incorporate? For me it was the sound design on the bass. I wanted the tune to have groove in a 4x4 format but be driven by huge bass noises which sounded a bit gritty. It was also about getting the bass to talk to the drums and complement each other.

Were there any hurdles, how did the material develop? No hurdles, the main thing was getting the vocals done. I had worked with Agga before and knew he would come with something that would work with the tune.

Which platforms will the material be released on? Pretty much everywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, Beatport etc etc. Thanks for you time!

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