10 questions with Kayla Painter

Meet the Gilles Peterson-approved Bristol producer

Local Talent - Kayla Painter © Sarah Koury www.kouryvindaloo.com

Kayla Painter has been pushing the boundaries of Bristol’s electronic scene since 2012, when she independently released her debut EP Kayla Painter. Combining unusual instrumentals and field recordings, she creates dreamy, multi-layered, left-field electronica. 

Kayla was selected for this year’s Future Bubblers programme with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, where she is currently receiving mentorship from artist development specialist Mita Dee, who has worked with the likes of Floating Points, CHVCHES, Moby and Gotye. She has also found a mentor in tastemaker and fan Mary Anne Hobbs. 

Kayla Painter’s latest track (…) sees her inch slightly toward dancefloor music, although her hunger for experimentation and sonic academia is ever present

Kayla Painter’s latest track Keep Under Wraps – a self-release single due on 20 July – sees her inch slightly toward dancefloor music, although her hunger for experimentation and sonic academia is ever present. Kayla describes the release as an exploration of what it might be like to try and hide something bursting with electricity. Filled with contagious anticipation and heightened energy, this track acknowledges that it is impossible to be contained and kept under wraps. 

1. What have you learned today?
That I can listen to a whole album on my walk to work.

2. Favourite track of all time?
So Real – Jeff Buckley.

3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Gold Dust – DJ Fresh, it’s old but it always works.

4. Who are your top three acts right now?
Aisha Devi, Jon Hopkins and Four Tet. 

5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Working with animals. 

6. What was the last book you read?
Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe – highly recommend, it’s very funny

7. Favourite thing on TV?
I found Manhunt: Unabomber on Netflix fascinating. I’m about to start the new series of Handmaid’s Tale though…

8. Are you afraid of anything?
Yeah! I’m quite often afraid there’s someone lurking in my house when there’s no one in. 

I regret calling my music project Kayla Painter

9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I regret calling my music project Kayla Painter as it’s my actual name – it’s been impossible to separate music and life stuff, admin, people, etc… Mind you, I have no alternatives.

10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Mostly working in the studio. I’ve got a new release out on 20 July but also plenty more stuff in the pipeline for the rest of the year.

kaylapainter.com // soundcloud.com/misskaylapainter

Photo by Sarah Koury

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