Think green and
compliment her shoes. That and a recipe for a song are what we learned
about K-Swing, along with a few other tasty morsels of information...
like about this “This Is The Sound” her the debut production
with Beber, out now on Marine Parade, with a remix by label head
honcho Adam Freeland. He discovered this Jersey girl NYC DJ sensation
through her impeccable mix tapes with her deliciously tasteful mixes
of electro, house and deep breaks.
You might have guessed we wanted to know more...
DJfix: Your DJ name: What does it mean and
how did you come up with it?
K-Swing: K is for Katie and Swing is a word to
remind me of my dance roots.
When and where was the first time you heard electronic music?
My first rave in Philly. It was an amazing experience. The venue
had moved to a joint half the intended size, and the cops had shut
down the door. My friends and I noticed a van parked under a 2nd
story window. We jumped on top of the van and a few boys hoisted us
up through the window. It was a great start to my love for
How did you learn how to DJ and produce?
I learned how to dj on my college roommate's tables. Those were
my first mixing attempts. When she wasn't around, I snuck into her
room and taught myself how to mix and match beats. As for producing,
I'm still learning a lot about that. But, it worked a lot to my
advantage having been a dj for so long prior to attempting production.
I've learned about production and how to make a track just by all
the dj'ing I've done and knowing what I like as a dj.
How would you describe the music you make to someone who's
never heard you before?
Well, as I don't have a huge discography to go buy, I'd have to base
it on "This is the Sound," and the works in progress. I think I'd
describe my sound as 'Progressive Rock Beats.'
How about your single, "This Is The Sound" -- what's it sound
It's very organic. We used lots of guitars and live drums. It's got
a very euphoric sound, but it has a lot of meat underneath to move the
How did you make it?
1 cup flower, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 pinch of salt, and 2 whipped
egg whites topped with ground cinnamon.
Do you have your own studio? If yes please describe in as
much detail as you care to share!
I do have a mini studio at the moment, building it as I go. Right
now It's mostly computer based with a few outboard keyboard modules
and some VSTs.
What inspires you when you get in the studio to make a track?
It's different every time, and usually by something that doesn't
have any real tie to music. One time my attention was grabbed by
my kitchen faucet dripping. I must have listened and watched it
for almost 10 minutes. Thinking about how I could somehow use that
perfectly imperfect rhythm and resonance.
Are you from New York originally?
I'm a Jersey girl.
Do you still live there and if yes where in NY and why there?
Yes, I live in Jersey City. A stone's throw away from Manhattan.
Tell us something that most people don't know about you!
I have a slight touch of O.C.D..... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ok start
again 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
What would be one thing someone could do to impress you or
get on your good side?
Compliment me on my shoes. I am a girl after all!
How did you get hooked up with Adam Freeland and get signed
to his label?
I was introduced to Adam ages ago and we developed a friendship
through the years. He is actually how I got hooked up with Beber.
Adam recommended me as a studio partner.
How has that changed what you are doing in your career?
Well, it has changed my career tremendously. Obviously, working
with Beber produced some great results and I'm honored to be part
of the Marine Parade team.
What's up next for you?
I'm leaving in a few a days for England. I'll be a doing a bunch
of gigs including Fabric with my label mates Freeland and Evil Nine.
While I'm over there Beber and I will be working on our next single.
I can't wait to get back in the studio with him. Working on "This
Is The Sound" was a great experience and I'm really looking forward
to doing it again.
Where can people find you online?
Anything else you'd like to say?