‘Why Kai is the first band where I make almost all the music myself’ | Interview with Why Kai

In this ambitious project, Kai von der Lippe attempts to craft danceable music out of the ordinary, by experimenting with electronic and jazz-y sounds. Judging by his song, Water Dance, we think he did a pretty good job! Please listen to it in its entirety while reading our interview with the artist below!

Describe your sound in three words please!

Evolving, Composed, Groove

What is the concept behind your EP Deep Fishing?

I have a background in both electronic club music and acoustic jazz, and in this project I wanted to combine the two worlds. Rather than simply create standard dance music with repetitive elements as an accompaniment to improvised solos, I instead wanted to create composed and evolving pieces where sounds from the jazz and improv scenes are blended with danceable rhythms and heavy bass. I want to compose in the same way I would compose for a jazz ensemble, thinking more horizontally then vertically.

Water Dance can be fully appreciated when listened in its entirety. According to data most listeners skip a song in the first seconds. Do you find it stressful and challenging since in your music you focus a lot on how the track evolves?

I don´t mind too much. I would rather have one person really appreciating my music, then ten people half listening to it.

The chord progression in Water Dance has -in our opinion- a classical touch. Where do you draw your inspirations from?

I listen to a lot of modern jazz and some classical music. In the period when I made this EP, I listened a lot to Christian Wallumrød Ensemble.

Do you prefer making music with other people or alone?

I have made music with others for the past five years. Why Kai is the first band where I make almost all the music myself, and I find it refreshing. It allows for a more detailed process.

What is your favourite album of the past year?

I have been listening a lot to the latest album of Floating Points; Crush.

What are your plans for the near future? Are you investing in some live gigs (if permitted) in the summer?

Yes, as a four-piece band, we have used the lockdown to develop a live performance. This has evolved into a multimedia journey where retro films, animations and MIDI-triggered robots are an integral part of the concert experience. We have booked one gig in June, at Salt – Oslo. In the early autumn we will go on a small tour in Norway.

One last thing we should know about you?

I become sad if I don’t have milk for my morning coffee.

Thanks Why Kai!

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