INTERVIEW KAIROS FADE TO BLACK EP
Hi, could you tell us something about you?
My name is, Tom Baillie, my artist name is, Kairos; I’m 22 and from the UK. For this project I compose experimental Drum & Bass music. I am currently working towards starting my degree in Film & Soundtrack production so I can acquire the knowledge I need to pursue a career as a composer in the future.
How long have you been producing? We saw that you are also a DJ; could you tell us more?
I’ve been technically producing since 2010, but after 2010 I only dabbled in music without ever taking it seriously, or considering it as a career. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2014 I started to study music and get serious; I rented a piano later on that year, and have been writing a lot of material on it since. Recently this year, I figured out my voice didn’t sound so bad either, and I have been trying to use it as much as possible in my compositions.
I am also a DJ, it’s been a while, but that was the thing that got me into music. I got a pair of turntables off of a friend in my last years of secondary school in 2009; I used to mix a lot in my room, I remember being really chuffed the first time I got two records playing at the same time in sync. At this point I was completely unaware of how music was created, but my curious nature eventually led me to finding out, and I’m glad it did.
And what other genres are you interested in?
I have a very large music library; I love the expression, “listen to music that doesn’t sound like yours”, so that is exactly what I do. I mostly listen to a lot of Neo-Classical music, Post-Rock, Avant-Garde Electronica, and Folk music. I am also a huge Hip Hop junkie.
On our label, we released a really great EP; could you tell us more about it?
It’s a collection of tracks I’ve been working on for the past 4 months or so. All of my work is improvisation based; I try not to wait for inspiration to come to me, I like to create it, it’s not that hard to achieve, one sound can create an entire song for me. With my tracks, I like to try and make them so; in the future they will re-create memories for me, and hopefully for other people too. That is one of the greatest things about music for me; songs are like time capsules.
Have you got any other releases in the near future?
Yes, I do. Near-ish anyway. I have a track that is going to be released at the end of this year on Terabyte Records, entitled, “Hall of Mirrors.” But, I have some stuff I’m currently polishing up for a possible release sooner. I’m also working on another project that focuses more on Avant-Garde Electronica; I have 4 songs I’m pretty happy with, so I will most likely be releasing some stuff under that name this year as well.
Could you tell us your 10 top tunes from last year? (2014)
There are definitely more than 10, but here are some off the top of my head, in no particular order.
I’ll say, firstly, I really liked “Heal” by Jan Amit.
Mefjus’ EP was something I really appreciated; the production was incredible.
Joe Ford’s “Off Centre” was very good. So many captivating textures and sounds in that one. Kiasmos put out “Bent”, which was a really cool track.
I really liked Foreign Concept – When Your Alone; the vibes on that were spot on. The Last of Us OST, by Gustavo Santaolalla was amazing.
Sorrow’s Hieroglyphics EP was something I enjoyed.
Dub Phizix & Strategy – Buffalo Charge. A track I didn’t really know what to make of, but I knew I liked it.
AWVFTS – ‘Atomos’ was beautiful.
Lastly, and my favourite on this list: Jon Hopkins with Raphaelle Standell – Form By Firelight.
If you were to say, this artist is my idol; what artist would it be?
I don’t really have an idol if I’m honest. I don’t like to get to the point where I am idolizing somebody, I think when you start to idolize you start to imitate, and that’s not good for music. There are several artists that I appreciate and who inspire me, but I like to concentrate more on what I’m doing than on what other people are doing; I’m not one for wearing t-shirts with the name of my favourite band on them.
Many thanks for your time. Would you like to say anything else?
The pleasure is all mine. I’ll say a quick thank you to everybody who appreciates, and supports my music. Hopefully I can continue to put out good material for you all to enjoy.