RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST KLAVERSON
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I think ever since I started making music in my teens I thought of it as a rather solitary hobby. Over the years, I’ve definitely started to collaborate more but always saw myself drawn to being a solo artist.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
So, I’ve been producing and writing for around 8 years now. For the past 5 or so years, I’ve been working at Abbey Road Studios whilst making music on the side, picking up tips and honing the tracks along the way. Now I’m sharing my first solo project under the moniker, Klaverson. I’ve taken great inspiration from the likes of Massive Attack, James Blake and Boards of Canada so I hope that comes through in the sound.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I noticed myself amassing more and more music gear as the weeks went on. I even started getting into modular but soon realised I need to stop before it gets out of control. The omnichord is a very decent bit of kit I picked up which I recommend.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Djing at Abbey Road Studios’ music photography awards was definitely a lot of fun.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Forgetting the lyrics to a song in front of more than 500 people. It still haunts me to this day.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not finding my USB C adapter.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’ve had a pint with Tame Impala.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would describe it as music from another planet. It would make them feel right at home.
I hear you have a new single what can you tell us about it?
I do. It’s my debut single which I recorded, produced and mixed myself. It’s the first single from my EP which will be out later this year. Expect more downtempo, chill-out bangers…hopefully.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I first began writing the song whilst on a trip to Tokyo — you can even hear the sounds of the Shibuya streets which are nestled in from the intro. The chords and percussion followed quickly after, and on the plane home, I realised where I wanted to take this project. I wanted to make it as raw and personal as possible which hopefully you can feel.
What was the recording process like?
Once I got the bones of the track in place, I recorded everything at my home studio in Kent. From my own vocals to the percussion, it’s amazing how much you can do with a Shure SM7 and a copy of Logic!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think knowing when to stop. I have a habit of often not knowing when a track is done and let go, but this was one of the first tracks from the EP where I could let go. Well, eventually.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Potentially to make it even longer to really draw it out. That can be for the extended cut though!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Another single is on the way for September, as well as EP, and lots more djing. It feels so good to be getting this project out into the world.