Having forged his career working behind the scenes at Egg London, Kyle E has a lot of love for the club that gave him his big break. Blessed with the opportunity to play alongside many of his musical idols and assert himself as a talented producer and selector, Kyle has developed a style perfectly suited to the flashy club, relishing the prospect of opening up and closing down parties with huge names from the world of house and techno each and every week.
Off the back of an exciting few weeks that has seen Egg set up a label, announce a world tour and secure big names like Thomas Melchior and Erick Morillo for their spring listings, one of the club’s favourite sons found the time to chat to us about his roots in the game, plans for the label and what lies ahead for one of London’s sharpest resident DJs.
Hi Kyle, your Egg residents mix includes a great story about you getting your big break at Egg whilst doing sound and lighting on a night when a booked DJ didn’t show up. Was it really as fairytale as that or were you already on the radar as a selector?
This is all true as I had worked at the club for around 3 years, every Friday and Saturday all night listening to the music and operating the lights. During the week we would do general maintenance of lighting and sound so I got to practice DJing in the club during the week. I had been collecting music and producing for a while.
How much has working at Egg influenced the shape and aesthetic of your own music and selections?
Getting to play mainly the opening and closing sets with different artists every week means I can play a variety of sounds from ambient breaks to techno. I enjoy a lot of different styles of music so I enjoy that I'm not pigeonholed into playing a certain sound or genre.
You have taken up the position as A&R for Egg’s new label ‘What Came First’. Applying the phrase to your own exploits with the label, how big an influence are you on the sound that Egg and the new label will be promoting in the coming months and years?
The label is mainly run by my good friend and colleague Gabriele Cutrano. He receives all the demos and then sends me those that he thinks are good enough and I get to road test them at the club to see how they work. If it’s all good then we generally sign them up. I also help keep a lookout for new talent.
And what roughly is the game plan for What Came First? Will you be looking at promoting new, local talent or is the label more globally-minded?
Staying contemporary and releasing music which represents the club is our main goal. Everyone in the office at Egg London is contributing towards the label so we’re looking to have a variety of artists to showcase at Egg and also on tour worldwide.
Your releases on Familia and What Came First are both decorated with lovely melodies and stripped back tech-house beats. Are we to expect more of the same when you deliver future tracks?
I'm in the studio most days so there’s a lot of projects I’m working on at the moment. I have some ambient stuff and also some sort of disco Todd Terje-style stuff that I'm trying to get out for the summer. There’s also a project I’m working on with fellow Egg London resident, Ireen Amnes.
A track off of that debut Familia release was signed to John Digweed’s ‘Live On South Beach’ compilation, which also contained tracks from big-name artists including Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, Laurent Garnier and Alan Fitzpatrick. How was it to be included alongside such a glamorous list of producers?
It was great. I am not the kind of guy to send out every track I make to a million labels so it was nice to have my debut release on my friend’s label do well.
There are a lot of big nights on the way at Egg this spring, but who are you most looking forward to seeing?
We’ve just confirmed one of my all time heroes who hasn't played at Egg London before for the Birthday on May 6th. However I don't think it's been announced yet so keep an eye out at http://www.ticketarena.co.uk/venues/egg-london/tickets/index.html
I’ve read that your brother’s involvement in grime was an early influence on your musical interests. Is he also working in the industry now?
He still does some music here and there. A lot of my friends are still involved in the grime scene so it's nice to see them finally get the recognition as the grime scene is doing really well at the moment.
You’re working on developing a live show with keyboards, drum machines and visuals. Can you tell us a bit more about these plans?
I’m gonna start testing it in March and it will start off as a hybrid DJ set with my modular synth and CDJs and then we’ll see how it evolves from there.
To round things off, can you offer us a track that you associate with a particularly good moment at Egg?
‘What You Won't Do For Love’ - Junior Boys
Kyle E can be caught most Saturdays at Egg London, where he will be supporting the likes of Enrico Sangiuliano, Gergor Tresher, Roman Lindau, Mayaan Nidam and more over the next few months.
Interview by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Egg London