Northern Nights Interview with Daktyl
It’s crazy to find out that Daktyl is one of the only British artists on the Mad Decent roster. Daktyl has been on a tear with remixes these past few months. Be on the lookout for his new album because it is almost finished!! What’s cool about Daktyl is that he creates a variety of different sounds that it is difficult to define his sound so he lets the people decide for themselves. One single genre can’t define what this man is capable of. If you’re into that future bass sound vibe, go listen to some of his tracks. Don’t miss him if you are attending Northern Nights this year because you are in for a treat from Daktyl.
I know you don’t like describing your sound, how do you keep your sound so unique and what inspires you to make music?
I just make the music that I’d want to listen to. It’s a very organic process.. I’m not really making a conscious effort to sound different or anything. I try to be inspired by as many things as possible. Sometimes it’s a landscape, sometimes it’s a sound, sometimes it’s a painting, sometimes it’s a colour, or a feeling. It completely depends on where I am and my state of mind at the time.
What are some artists that influence your music? And if you could collab with anyone, who would it be?
There are honestly so many but to name a few off the top of my head: J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Four Tet, Hudson Mohawke, Tame Impala, Jamie XX, Jai Paul, James Blake, Dre, Boi 1da, 40.. If I could collab with anyone it would be John Frusicante.
How did you become a part of the Mad Decent roster?
They asked me to do two remixes of an awesome artist on their roster Dawn Golden. After I finished those I sent them a very early version of Cyclical and they signed it on the spot, it was an amazing feeling.
If you didn’t start making music, what do you think your job would have been?
Before I started making music properly I was studying to work in Global Warming as a climatologist. My degree specialized in global climate change and weather patterns and I wanted to be part of the community working to combat it and make the world a better place for the generations who have to bare the brunt of the effects. It’s still something I’m very interested in and something I think we urgently need to address as a civilization before it’s too late. Or a professional sandwich maker.
I had the pleasure of seeing you perform at a Brownies & Lemonade warehouse show with Sweater Beats last year, how did you get to perform for them and how did manage to play even though it was excruciatingly hot in there?
ah man that was insane, definitely the sweatiest show I’ve ever played (no pun intended). I met Kush from Brownies + Lemonade at my friends’ night Free Grilled Cheese and he invited me to play the show. It was such a fun night.. we all played through the heat because the energy in there was crazy. If anything the heat kind of added to it haha. It was this manic atmosphere and I was completely exhausted and jet lagged but it ended up being one of the funnest shows ever.
You played a couple shows in Los Angeles, what places do you like to eat there?
I think LA is probably the best city I’ve ever been to for food. I have 3 or 4 sushi + taco places that I just rotate around. Also tried K BBQ the other night which blew my mind. And of course In-n-Out. My favorite spot is probably this beautiful little cafe called Daily Dose in Downtown, they do the best Sandwiches.
When can we expect you to release your second album? And what is in store for 2016?
It’s almost finished, but I’m taking my time with it. I want it to be as good as it can possibly be. Once it’s finished I’ll have a better idea of when it’ll come out.
Here’s his old LP but be on the lookout for new material!!