Kittrix is a Los-Angeles based producer, vocalist, and DJ who just dropped her new three-track Mindreader EP. The project certainly has a deeper, darker vibe, and that’s something we always love to highlight here at Heard It Here First. The USC Grad has loved music since a young age and is finally debuting her own vocals on this new EP. We had the pleasure of sitting down with her to share a little bit of her story.
Who are a few of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations sonically are Walker & Royce, RÜFÜS DU SOL, What So Not, Rezz, and Corrupt (UK).
When did you first fall in love with electronic music?
I first fell in love with electronic music when I was eleven years old. That year, my older sister gave me a case of her old rave CDs, which mostly consisted of hardstyle music and random unlabeled and homemade house CDs. I connected with this new-to-me synthesized music much more than the Top 40 music of the time, and it led me down a path of the internet version of crate digging and music sharing throughout middle school and high school. I had my dubstep and trance phases, but I always ended up back to house music. Electronic music has had such an impact on me since the beginning, I don’t know what I would do without it.
Who are you listening to right now? How about a few names in the dance industry and a few outside?
If you were to peruse my Spotify, you would definitely find Chris Lake, Gorgon City, Sound Remedy, Lane 8, Walker & Royce, Feed Me, Born Dirty, Sofi Tukker, Mija and JOYRYDE are up there in my top listened to artists. Some non-dance music artists that I listen to are FKJ, Chromeo, Yaeji, Ofenbach, and Tame Impala. I know some of these artists do make dance music, but there are definitely flavors of dance and non-dance in their libraries.
Tell us about your show in Rome, how was that?
Playing in Europe for the first time in Rome was so incredible. It was at a club called The Yellow, which was literally underground surrounded by brick walls in this spacious room that was packed wall-to-wall with gyrating people. It was a spot that a lot of people pass through while traveling, so not everyone there spoke English, and not everyone spoke Italian. Even so – It was incredible to see that even with a language barrier we can all speak and move through music. Tech House was not often played at that club, so it was so fun to see people wiggling to music that was new to some of their ears. I hope to play in Europe again as soon as possible.
What about your songwriting process? What can you tell us about that?
I have two approaches when it comes to writing lyrics. The first is rather random and happens when I’m out and about traveling, talking with friends, or even just driving in silence – and the seed of a song just hits me – and I end up writing down full lyrics to a song right then and there. The second approach stems from the music itself. I’ll dive deep into sound design and after coming up with the melody, the lyrics will follow. I’ll usually have the full arrangement and main sound design of a song done in one eight to twelve-hour studio session, then tweak from there.
What do you want your fans to know about your upcoming Mindreader EP?
What I want fans to know about my new Mindreader EP is that my music stems from an emotional place, and each song is intended to take you on an emotional journey beyond just builds and drops. It is about empathetic abilities, being able to read people’s feelings, and confronting them and starting that conversation. Each song can be positive or negative to the listeners’ discretion. The EP is also an introduction to my voice, which fans can expect to hear on almost all of my tracks.
What is one dream venue you someday hope to play?
One day I hope to play at Exchange LA. It’s my hometown’s biggest venue, so I know that when the opportunity arises the support will be immeasurable.
What about a specific festival you hope to play?
I have always dreamed of playing at the mainstage at Lightning in a Bottle. Once my full live set is complete, I could not imagine a more perfect venue to perform it at.
Thanks so much for sitting down and chatting with us. Congrats again on the awesome new EP. Enjoy Kittrix’ new project below! We sure did 🙂 Go show her love on socials!