Ned East is a Sydney based beat maker who produces music under the name ‘Kilter’. Having had a massive 2013, playing at the likes of Field Day, Fat as Butter, his own headline tour and innumerable club nights, we wanted to catch up with one of electronic’s biggest up and comers before 2014 got too busy. We chatted about what sounds are motivating him right now, his creative process, and that time he got cut from FBi for not being able to mix.
What first motivated you to get into producing, and where did the name Kilter come from?
I started making these little 30min mixtapes for friends towards the end of high school, mostly weird electro stuff, and I tried to enter a competition run by FBi radio for underage DJs which required half the tracks used to be Australian. To fill their quota, I made a couple of my own. They ended up cutting me because I couldn’t mix live haha, I wonder if they would remember that?
Give us a short explanation of your creative process, what sort of stuff goes into creating and releasing a track?
My process actually changes quite a bit between songs. I often cut up acapellas to get an idea started as it gives you a good base to build a chord progression or some percussion on. I try to take out the sample once the song starts to take form though to be as creative as possible. I have a really short attention span so I get bored with ideas pretty fast, so I know I am onto something good if i’ve suddenly spent the whole day working on a track!
What do you think it’s been about the last 6 months or so that has allowed you to really break out as an artist and begin playing bigger gigs and festivals?
I think it’s probably a combination of gigging as much as I have been, which is really the best way to build awareness for your music, releasing a couple of remixes for artists who have helped boost my own profile with the hype their work is receiving, and networking as actively as you possibly can both in real life and through social platforms.
What is the best gig you’ve ever played? What made it awesome?
It’s hard to pick but I think playing at Fat As Butter last year was my favourite. It was my first ever festival and I was playing the opening set before The M Machine and Porter Robinson at midday and nervous as fuck. I assumed I would have next to no crowd that early but before I had even played my first track the whole stage was rammed and really receptive and fun.
What was it that drew you to the songs you chose in your mixtape?
I’ve chosen 10 songs that all have quite different vibes to each other but they all make me really want to write music haha…
1. Electric Mantis - Flips and Flops, Drops and Drops
2. Ab Soul feat Alori Joh and Jah Vonte’ - Empathy
3. Sid Pattni feat Meg Mac - Go Back
4. Oscar Key Sung - All I Could Do
5. Da P - Dark Hadou (Mr. Carmack Remix)
6. Shy Girls - When I Say I Love U (Saux Remix)
7. Oceaan - Need U
8. Zinc feat Sasha Keable - Only For Tonight (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
9. Lancelot feat Anthony and Cleopatra - Givin’ It Up
10. AlunaGeorge - You Know (Tchami Remix)