Kaytranada & Suicideyear
Get it on
June 3rd 2013
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, this young beat producer and DJ is no stranger to production. Starting to produce in his early teens, and now at only 21 years of age, Kaytranada has the work ethic of a seasoned producer.
His influences come from all sorts of genres. Genres between Disco, Hip-Hop, House and R&B. As of the last year, he has made a name for himself through producing R&B influenced bootleg remixes from artists such as Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, TLC, Danny Brown and Teedra Moses. Combined, these remixes have received over 1.5 million plays on Soundcloud and Youtube.
Kaytranada’s impressive lineup of tracks got even better this past February with the 8 track EP on HW&W Recording’s (US)/ Jakarta (EU), “KAYTRA TODO”. Featuring a track with Los ANgeles singer and songwriter JMSN, this EP has received attention from blogs and press all over the world.
This past summer he performed at Osheaga Music Festival, then followed it with a performance alngside Lunice (TNGHT) at Igloofest in the winter. Lunice has shown support for the young producer; including “Holy Hole Inna Donut”, featured on his most recent BBC Radio 1Xtra Mix. Many other industry tastemakers have given Kaytranada the nod, including Benji B, Rinse FM’s Lily Mercer and Brodinski.
“The influences for this track come from dances such as the “Harlem Shake” (the real one), the “C- walk” and “Jerking”. Its an experimental beat for me, but I wanted to do something that I’ve never done before.” - Kaytranada about “Free Things in Life”.
At 16, James Prudhomme started Suicideyear originally as a clothing brand, but after developing an interest in producing music, quickly adapted it to a musical alias as well. James released his first debut mixtape as Suicideyear in October 2012, the mixtape also being Self Titled. Throughout the last year, though, James has released numerous remixes and reworks of other artists which has usually garnished the eyes of people, attracting a fan base. On May 1st, James released his sophomore tape titled, “Japan”, a conceptual album detailing the last 7 months of his life as suicideyear.
“I started the track right after I finished Japan, and honestly it feels like I’ve grown since all of the things in Japan have happened. I’ve quit doing a lot of irresponsible things and have felt so renewed especially when it came to making this. It really all just stems from having a new beginning after Japan. I only plan on doing more.”
– Suicideyear about “Finale”