Interview: KYKO


Well, WADDAFUGGINDUY y’all. That’s Killing Moon-speak for “stuff has happened this day”. Lots and lots of stuff. We’ll break it down for ya – mainly because we have to because we’re clearly not done with our workload for this super-warm Thursday evening and thus have to, y’know, crack on, but also we want to get the fuck out of here eventually so both of those things are mutually conducive and indeed beneficial to one another. So tomorrow’s D-Day. Well, not that D-Day. More Draperplaysatwirelessfestival-Day, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue you see. Indeed we spent some time with the man himself on the sweltery hustle and/or bustle of Oxford Circus as he was treated to some sweet threads from the very same sponsors of the stage he is doing his DJ thingies on tomorrow. We imagine that’s how it all works. He looks very nice right this minute, what with the BBC 1Xtra premiere of his new single yesterday and his CHIMES project going live on Suicide Sheep just now. Someone else enjoying the utter highs of that wonderful burst of promo in the formative stages of one’s musical career is KYKO. You might remember him from, like, a while ago when we inadvertently premiered his debut track Animals which has apparently gone on to receive a million-billion-gajillion views on Soundcloud or something. It’s a cool song. Great, some might consider. Our chappy then took things a few steps further – amidst alluding imagery of him sitting in the foyer of this label, that label, every fucking label, presumably waiting to be told about how they all believe in artist development/long-term careers/how they’re the best and other labels ain’t shit/yaddayaddayadda, and also alongside some rather striking photography of him performing his works in the live context (one of several we have in fact nicked for the purposes of this feature. We mean shared. Not for commercial purpose. We may be stubborn pricks but we are not thieves) – and went ahead and just released a whole EP. Or, at least, prepared to. In the wake of all that, and in furtherance of our mighty quest to find out just what the fuck KYKO thinks he’s playing at in general, we thought we’d have a word. Lesdoodis. Which is Killing Moon-speak for “alrighty then”.

KYKO – Headlights

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

I’m Scott, I’m 18 from South London and I write and perform under the name KYKO. The music I make is sort of a big mash up of Indie, African, Electronic and Pop music… I guess. Basically all the stuff I love. Listen for yourselves!

KM: You know what, Scott? We were about to have a massive go at you. For not throwing us our props for our super-early featuring of your work which has propelled you into the realms of a movie star. We weren’t even quoted on your goddamn press release. Royal Blood throw us our props on the reg. We really wanted to find out what your problem was, or rather is. However, we aren’t gonna do that. You have totally placed the onus of subjectivity in musical interpretation, which (don’t tell everyone this) is more or less the entire point of this blog, on the rest of the world. Nice redemption, player.


Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

BeatenbergThe Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg. I only found this band about a month ago, bought the album, played it everyday since. It’s a proper South African vibe, the whole record is so well put together and the variation between tracks is massive. It’s feel good and I’m obsessed with it still.

KM: Dunno who that is. Don’t have time to check em out. Wanna go home. We’ll just have to take your word for it.


Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

A festival feels like a slight cop out for this question but I was at Glastonbury last weekend, and saw The Staves who were just unbelievable. Then Justin Vernon joined them for a tune which blew my tiny little fanboy-like mind.

KM: Bet you did drugs. You bloody did, didn’t you? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah ya did. Everyone at Glastonbury just takes drugs literally the whole time. We’ve been there. We know. How bloody convenient that the BBC managed to record the very same performance for everybody who was blasted out of their minds at that point. Not just at Glastonbury, but in THE WORLD.


If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

Piers Morgan. No one needs to see that though…

KM: That? You mean Piers? We agree. Here’s a picture of him with an ass on his chin.


You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

Would definitely need to be a big banger, something slightly ridiculous. I’ll go for All Night Long. Surely that gets everyone out of a killing mood…

KM: Do you have ANY idea how many songs are out there with the name All Night Long? Neither do we, but there’s fucking more than one. We’ll assume you’re talking about Lionel Ritchie given that you’ve already told us about how you were stoked out of your mind at Glastonbury.


Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Not a fair question! I’ll go Killing In The Name Of.

KM: Sadly, we cannot be arsed/do not have the time to take a dig at your for the sheer faceciousness of your unfair question (except we just did).

Animals EP is released on 17th July 2015:

KYKO plays the following live dates in London in July:

12th July – Kopparberg Urban Forest Gig, Hackney Wick, London
21st July – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Thanks to James Cattermole



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