As the year ends, Miami based producer Leitvox shares with us his latest musical effort, fresh from the Bamyasi Studio in Wynwood, Miami’s art districts. The single is called “Ingenue” and features the beautiful vocals of Miami local singer Jette Kelly, who also collaborated with Leitvox in his short film Pale Love.
“Ingenue” is the first single off Leitvox’s upcoming EP Coded Matter, due out early 2018. The producer’s previous album, called Floating Promises, was very well received by the press and featured stellar collaborations such as Ladytron, Gus Gus, among many others.
We had a chance of chatting with Leitvox about his new song and the evolution of his sound since his last album.
How would you classify your music?
Well, it is definitely electronic with great trip-hop influence. Nonetheless, I combine acoustic elements in some tracks like drums and nylon string guitars. Also, I invite singers and musicians to collaborate and I think that adds an interesting character to the project.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
I have many, difficult question. Lately, I’ve listening to Nils Frahm, Harry Escott and Son Lux. But probably my strongest influences are Can, Massive Attack, NIN, Kraftwerk and James Blake.
What do you want listeners to take from your music?
Just to enjoy the sonic landscapes that I try to design and share. I want my music to be a listening experience.
How’s the current music scene in Miami?
Miami is a very new city, which it’s becoming a multicultural place. It is exciting to be here at this moment as I have seen how the music scene is becoming more complex. Latin and Electronic Dance music are not the core of the scene anymore. I don’t have anything against that, on the contrary, it is great to see now a diversification not only in music but also in arts in general.
What’s the concept behind “Ingenue”?
Ingenue I think is a very interesting track, Jette did an amazing job with a dark approach on the vocals and lyrics. Musically, the song is very simple, the rhythm is very repetitive, nonetheless the synth textures are always changing, creating a dreamy atmosphere.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Jette Kelly?
I have collaborated with Jette in the past; a few months ago we released a short film called ‘Pale Love’ where she recites a text at the beginning of the film. She is such a talented singer, and I thought that this track was perfect for her.
What can you share about your upcoming EP Coded Matter?
Coded Matter I could say that follows the same path as my previous releases. However, this EP is more personal as I didn’t focus that much in collaborations as I did in ‘Floating Promises’. I spent time designing the sound of this EP and to think about the production approach where I mix very digital with completely analogue sounds. The beat of the songs is more aggressive than my previous tracks, I think that this EP has more character than anything that I have done before.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
2017 has been a year of changes. I’ve been involved in several projects, like working in music for Film and TV Ads. Something new for me was to direct ‘Pale love’ short film which everything was created in animation. Throughout the whole year I never stopped composing for Leitvox. In August, I just picked the best ideas that I had in my computer and I chose 4 songs that compile Coded Matter.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
To have a drink with Bowie, that would be cool.
What’s next for you?
I have so many projects in my head (music related) that I would like to develop. For now, I have to give the final touches to Coded Matter and working in more music and a live set; that is next for me.