We caught up with Bristol-based drum & bass DJ, Kyrist following her set at Tuesday Club.
Firstly, tell us about yourself and your music.
I’m 28, from Luton originally but have been living in Bristol for the last 2 years. I grew up in a very music orientated household; my mum was always listening to music so a lot of my taste has been influenced by her. I decided to go into musical education in 2009 and studied music technology at college, which lead me to a degree in music culture & production at The University of East London. I graduated in 2015 and since then I’ve been lucky enough to form my hobby of writing electronic music into an actual career. I write Drum & Bass, Dubstep and sometimes more chilled electronic music. I’ve been writing music since 2009 and DJing professionally since about 2008, and I absolutely love it!
So, what drew you to DJing?
A lot of my influences came from one of my best friends, she was always into trance music and UK garage. We definitely bonded over music. One summer when I was about 12, my mum found an advert in the paper for DJ courses in my hometown, so she signed me up along with my friend. We went along for two weeks in the school holidays and learnt the basics. That was definitely the catalyst for me catching the mixing bug. I bought my first pair of decks when I got to 16, then started to build up a record collection.
Do you think more women should be involved in the electronic music scene? How do you think we can make that happen?
There are tons of women, especially in house and techno, but the harder styles of music like DnB and Dubstep, there aren’t so many. I’m not really sure why, and I’ve also been asked this question in almost every interview. The only thing that established female artists can do is just continue what they’re doing and give out help and advice to other girls trying to pave their way in whatever scene. It’s become a normal thing now to see women behind the decks and not such a novelty.
Who would you say are some of your main influences and favourite artists?
Tough question. I like a lot of different artists for different reasons. In my genre (Drum & Bass) my favourite artists are Break, Noisia, Zero T, Alix Perez, SpectraSoul and QZB. In Dubstep, I’m into Mala, Coki, Khiva, Truth, Phaeleh, Sorrow. Then outside of that, I love Bonobo.
What’s your current setup like?
In terms of production, it’s very basic. I have Adams monitor speakers, a Mac Mini, crappy sound card and a midi controller. DJing wise, I have a USB controller that I never use, but my housemate has one of the newest Pioneer USB controllers which is sick, so I use that if I ever need to record a mix or have a little practice.
Do you tend to play many shows outside of Bristol?
I do, yes. I play shows all over Europe. It varies really, sometimes it can be two or three in a weekend, or it can be quite dead some months where I’ll only have one show.
What do you think of the electronic music scene in Sheffield?
Sheffield seems pretty alive in terms of electronic music, I know there’s a big bassline following there, which I’m not so much into, but it also seems pretty good for Drum & Bass and Dubstep.
How does playing at UK festivals compare to Outlook?
I’ve only played at one UK festival so far (Hospitality in the Park 2017) and I think I much prefer Outlook festival or just festivals that are abroad in general, mostly for the weather aspect and beaches! The music element is pretty much the same, but I feel at Outlook particularly, they really care about the listener experience and go above and beyond with the quality of the sound systems. I love Croatia and feel like that fort is my second home.
You can listen to Kyrist’s latest EP ‘Fragment EP’ on Dispatch Recordings.
Image: Stephen Niemeier