ZOUKOUT SINGAPORE 2016: KAYE
Kaye is arguably one of Singapore’s most versatile and ever evolving musicians. Over the decades, he has morphed across the performance spectrum from bands to DJing to live sets with computers involving anything, and blending everything from his trusty saxophone, to the EWI, vocoder, midi controllers, drum machines, analog synths and more. His love for music technology is responsible for his ever evolving setup, and all this is deeply entrenched in a wide range of musical genres. From deep and acid laden house and techno, to funk and hip hop wrapped in electro boogie vibes, all seasoned in the roots of jazz and soul.
This diversity has led him to being called in as a sessionist for live club acts such as DJ Vadim & the Russian Percussion (with Mr Thing and Yarah Bravo) and Reel People Sessions, and his lightning quick improvisational reflexes have enabled him to jam alongside many other producers and DJs who were open enough to let him, during their sets without any prior rehearsals – KiNK, Basic Soul Unit, Linkwood, Motor City Drum Ensemble, San Soda, Kerri Chandler, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Russ Dewbury and Dam Funk are but a small selection of worthy mentions.
His experience in the underground has not gone unnoticed in slightly more mainstream mediums, and this has led him to being booked by high end fashion houses for their parties – from Louis Vuitton to Gucci, Chanel to Christian Dior and beyond – and international events such as Beijing Olympics (2008), Singapore Grand Prix, Zoukout, and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Also one half of Cosa Nostra (with the other half being Funk Bast*rd), their productions have gotten the thumbs up from respected DJs and/or producers such as Phil Asher, Fulgeance, Dam Funk and Lefto, as well as favourable reviews in revered dance music magazines like Mixmag. With releases on their own Darker Than Wax label, only more good things can be expected.