For those who have never heard of Kinnship nor Pablo Nouvelle, how would you sum up the music you’ve been making over the years?
Kinnship: Electronic, soulful, emotive music to (hopefully) soothe your soul
Pablo Nouvelle: Soulful maybe even sensual, electronic music.
What has been the most rewarding/most enjoyable highlight of your career so far?
K: I played a sold out show at St Pancras Old Church a couple of years ago, and the crowd were so transfixed to the show that I actually thought everyone was bored! I was later told that wasn’t the case, everyone was in a trance-like state and in that moment you could hear a pin drop, which is a very flattering thing to experience.
P: I love being in the studio and create new music more than everything else. Be it in a writing session with someone or all alone. But after such a dry period, I also gravitate to a ton of memories from live gigs.. One of the many highlights was our tour to South Africa, Mozambique and Eswatini, where the local hero Bholoja joined us spontaniousley on stage of an huge outdoor festival.
What have been some major challenges you’ve experienced throughout your time producing music, if any?
K: Whilst I absolutely love being an independent artist, it does present its challenges – any hiccups with streaming platforms or registering songs for royalty collections, for example, can become an arduous process.
P: Yes, it’s not so much the process of creating or performing music, it’s the hustle around it. So much energy goes into organizing and promoting a release or a tour. Sometimes I feel, I haven’t being writing music for ages just because I was busy releasing it.
What are you grateful for right now in this moment?
K: Great weather! Family, friends and the ability to make music for a living.
P: Being able to make a living out of what you love doing the most is certainly one mind blowing privilege. Even if it means a whole lot of work. Also, especially in these troubled times, you can’t appreciate enough that you, your family and friends are healthy.
Last year we were stuck at home a lot more and had extra time to consume music, what were you spinning the most during this time?
K: I took a dive into some older music – I felt quite burnt out at the time and so listening to something further away from the music I create was refreshing – Revolver by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen. Newer stuff – August Greene and Laura Marling.
P: My most important discovery is a more recent one: Actual Life by Fred Again… a whole album of “I wish I’ve had written these songs“ songs. The duality of sadness and hope wrapped into highly emotional dance music, that’s what I want to do!
A playlist you can’t get enough of right now?
K: It’s not technically a playlist, but Machinedrum did a ‘One Mix’ for Apple Music which is brilliant.
P: I’m not the playlist type. More of an album from first to last song listener. Want to ban random button by law kind a type. Anyway: I guess it’s rather a compilation (if that word still exists) than a playlist, that my friend Adam from Bondax showed me lately : Herberts Best 06. Number Station by Robot Love is on that 6 Song mingle-mangle – What a tune! Also always a pleasure to dive into are the “fabric presents“ mixes on Spotify by artists like Overmono, Bonobo or Maribou State.
You’ve recently paired up for a new project and have just released “Kilo” – how did this collaboration come about?
K: Pablo and I had worked on a couple of songs for our own projects respectively, after Pablo reached out to me on Facebook. When he moved to London for a while we decided to make something new as we found working together a very effortless and enjoyable process.
P: I came to London in 2018 to do as much sessions as possible, often with artists and songwriters I haven’t met before. It’s a wonderful but also exhausting thing. So getting back in the studio with Kinnship, knowing already from previous sessions that we have that certain songwriting chemistry, was a relaxing but inspiring thing to do. After that Kilo Session I realized that there is more to it, more to write together.
& Lastly, what can fans expect from you in the coming year?
K: Definitely some more from Pablo and myself…… and a few solo projects – one completed and one in the works! I’m also playing shows in London, Manchester and Leeds in November (fingers crossed.. very much looking forward to playing live again).
P: I’m also working on new solo music. Some of the compositions might become a follow up of my album Piano Pieces, some songs are clearly dance orientated. But the focus at the moment leis definitely on the collaboration with Kinnship. Our next song called Medicine is already in the pipeline to get released next month!
Check out current single ‘Kilo’ below: