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INTERVIEW: Kormac

Hi Kormac, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very well thanks, I’m in New York right now doing some recording and hanging out with my fiancé.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Believe”?

Sure, it started life as a little piano/drum loop I made in my studio. My pal (and drummer) Si heard me flicking through it one day and encouraged me to finish it. I wanted everything to sound like it was in an old wooden, church so we actually went to one in Dublin to record some of the parts.

I tested the track out at some festivals last summer and people really took to it, chanting “I Believe, I Believe” back at me, which was amazing, so we’ve decided to put it out there! As I type I’m just hearing Carl Cox has been banging it out a festival, which is nice.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was all very organic, I think came up with the drum pattern first and just started playing along on a piano, I just kind of locked into the groove and starting playing random stuff and hit record. When I went back to listen a few bars of the recording I’d made the main piano theme/groove just jumped out at me and I took it from there.

How was the film experience?

We sent out a brief and we got about 40 ideas back from a bunch of directors. Benn Veasy sent us one I really liked, I was into his other work too so we went from there. Benn I and were in touch at every stage but it’s all his handy work!

How was the recording and writing process?

I tend to gravitate towards more organic sounds (live instruments, vocal samples, stuff I recorded walking down the street) and then twist and morph them into something new using plugins and lots of editing. The glitchy vocal effects, for example, are a result of that process.

A big part of my sound is the groove, feel or swing. There was actually a lot more going on in the tune, a lot of other elements in there that I felt were “confusing the groove” a bit so, at the last minute, I really stripped it back and ended up throwing quite a lot of the parts out.

When I had the writing finished I took the final parts to my friend’s studio and we played the piano, vocals, bass and some drums into some vintage, hardware, tape based, delay units (Space Echo and Copy Cat, to be precise) and recorded them again, making them sound like they were samples taken from old records, when in fact they actually were recorded in my studio.

I asked Mandy at Black Saloon in London to do the final mastering. Her work really added to the final sound track. I’m a huge fan of loads of the records she’s mastered (The XX,Four Tet and just about everyone else you can imagine!)

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Certainly, I’ve been writing like crazy for the last 18 months and have so much new stuff to share. We’re currently working out the best way to do that. We’re also just about to release three remixes of I Believe from three of my favourite artists

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’ll have another single out in the autumn and album next year. The remixes are out in 2 weeks.

Would you be fully diving into the house realm on this record?

I’ve always been drawn to, what I would call, more organic, gritty or cackley house music, deeper stuff and I’m happy to let that influence show in my productions. That said, I don’t really stick to one tempo too much. The new stuff is a bit of a return to my more dancefloor friendly productions, but with lots of new sounds, instruments and textures.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. The show we’re playing out at the moment is my live, audio-visual one so it’s me (Electronics, drum machines, guitars, turntables) Si, (drums) and a massive LED screen showing custom made visuals. We’re just playing my own songs and remixes. I haven’t been doing Big Band shows for a while, allowing me to focus on writing. That will be changing next year though, I’m planning to announce my most ridiculous move yet, very soon 😉

 What else is happening next in Kormac’s world?

I’m doing a festival this weekend and then I’m off to Bulgaria for three weeks on another secret recording mission. After that it’ll be back to working on this new record/project.

Watch “I Believe” video here

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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