DBHQ Exclusive Interview – Kitcha

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We caught up with one half of the legendary Leeds duo Northern Lights, the one and only Kitcha to talk about his brand new release on Nemesis RecordingsThe Return EP

Let’s start at the beginning, what was your introduction to Drum & Bass music as a listener

My introduction to Drum & Bass has to be when I was about 11-12 years old, I used to buy Helter Skelter, Dreamscape tape packs and also the live events on videos. I’d sit there in my bedroom wishing I was there in the thick of it all, playing tunes to a screaming crowd of whistles and horn. They are certainly fond memories.

What records stood out for you from that time?

Have to say, a lot of records stood out to me at that time, but If I had to pick one it would certainly be ‘The Nine’ by Bad Company. That tune had a certain eeriness about it that just gripped me and was like nothing I’d ever heard before.

Let’s talk about your musical background? Your early influences before you started producing?

In the early days before I started producing, I was DJ-ing (In my bedroom to an imaginary wall of people) Initially my dad had a pair of Technics 1210’s in the garage, he would put together tapes for me to listen to on my Walkman, that’s when I really started to form a genuine passion for music. I’d go through his records and pick out tunes for him to mix in for me on the spot. That was really when it all kicked off for me at the tender age of 9. From there it’s been my life ever since and have had a great journey in music so far and seen some great sights along the way.

What do you listen to when you’re not producing?

I’m a firm believer in listening to all styles of music and getting influences from many different sources. When I’m not listening to D&B I’m most likely listening to a bit of House, Old school Hip Hop, Funk and Soul the list goes on. I’m a lover of music in general so never like to pigeon hole anything.

Nemesis is an amazing label to be associated with, how did the signing come about?

I’ve known Silver for a number of years now and he’s always showed a lot of love for my music so it was very natural how it all came about and have always wanted to get something across to him. When I sent him this batch of tunes on the Return EP he snapped them up straight away. The guy has a lot of drive and dedication for the scene and certainly works very hard, so I was more than happy to put these tunes out with Nemesis.



For the Tech heads out there, what hardware are you using, what are some of your favourite bits of equipment?

DAW wise I currently using Cubase 8.5 which is a solid program and great for creativity. Plugins wise, I rotate these as the years go on. A few plugins that always end up in my projects regardless are PSP Mix Saturator, Izotope Ozone 4 & 7, all the Waves plugins such as RBass, Paz Analyser and the SSL Compressor. Synth wise I use Massive, Sylenth 1, Sub boom base, Z3ta plus, amongst many others which I continually rotate.

So your new release The Return EP came out on 29th July on Nemesis, which track from the EP are you most proud of?

I’d say the track I am most proud of on the EP has got to be Crazy About You. This track was fun to write as I could express more of the musical side to myself, working with chords and big vocals. I like to step away from the grit sometimes and write something to touch the soul.



You’ve played some of the world’s best festivals such as Hideout and Outlook, where can people catch you playing this summer?

I now have an agent in America who is currently organising shows for me to perform at out there which is very exciting! I also have shows coming up in Europe, countries such as France, Germany, Croatia and also Solvenia, however this year, I’ve mainly been focusing on my production and working hard to move the sound forward and to the next level which is my main focus at the moment.

Where can people find out more about you?

You can visit all my social media pages to find out all the latest and greatest info regarding Kitcha – Northern Lights:




Where can people get the EP when it comes out?

You can buy the EP from all good online record stores such as iTunes, Beatport, Amazon music, Juno etc. Thanks for all your support on this by the way people, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you guys so big up!


Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today and I wish you all the best with the new release!!

The Return EP is out now here




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