It’s tricky to put your finger on Kiwi’s sound, mostly because he is a sonic shape-shifter in the studio. The Londoner has been beasting through clubland with a platter of productions that pull from disco, techno, house and Balearic influences. Every slice he serves up scratches at different points of the genre gene pool, with his latest remix taking nods at the old-school.
He runs POOLCLVB’s “Move Me” straight through a juicer, salvaging the sultry vocals of Natalie Conway for his prime-time take. Hissing snares, claps and persistent perc programming prop the piece up to prime-time status, while sapid, twangy synth lines make this one a monster mover with an appetite for four-four floors.
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Were you impulsive on this track or did you have a sketch in mind before you started?
Yes, I think so. I have been listening to a lot of Chicago music of late, and it just felt right to strip the other elements away and let the vocal do the work.
Do you think advances in computer technology and gear have affected your creativity? How so?
Definitely, I am a very impatient producer. I like to see things done quickly so the ability to get results fast is really important. The faster computers are getting, the faster I can work. I’d say that’s the main thing for me.
Describe the best setting/activity to hear this track.
This is definitely a club track. I want it played late night, in a dark, sweaty club with a monstrous sound system—anywhere else and it loses value in my opinion. When I write music, I always have a specific time and place in my sets in mind.
How do you measure the success of a track?
If it’s a club track like this one, it’s measured on how well received it is in the club— that doesn’t necessarily mean I need to see hands in the air and lots of woos. It just means I want to see people getting down and dancing.
Did you discuss or exchange ideas with other producers while creating this track?
Absolutely. I always work with an engineer, so the entire track was conceived by bouncing ideas off a third party. It makes the workflow much faster and exciting. If I work alone, things tend to be a lot slower and I’m never as happy with the results.