7 Sides of Makeness [Interview & Mix] | Selector After Dark

This week’s interview & mix comes from Makeness


Introduce yourself and tell us about the part of the UK you’re from?

My name is Kyle and I make music under the name Makeness. I’m from Scotland and I’m currently living in South East London.  


Tell us about some of your British DJ heroes?

One of my favourite DJs is Tom Smith of Cosmic Slop who runs his own party and sound system in Leeds, I saw Floating Points play there few times too. Lately, living in London, I have been discovering loads of super talented selectors. Some new favourites are Scientific Dreamz of U and Josey Rebelle. 


What have you been working on recently?

I finished my debut album late last year and have been working on how to perform it live which has been both challenging and exciting. I’ve started putting on some parties and DJing more which has been really fun. I’ve also been cracking on with some new music, it never stops!


Tell us about the mix, how did you put it together, what did you want to represent?

It was good to have the confines of selecting tracks from recent UK releases, there is so much great music being released here at the moment. I’ve picked tracks that have elements of the music I make and have tried to keep it quite eclectic, something I really like when out dancing. 


Talk us through the British music featured in this mix? Which British artists are you most excited about? 

The first track is by Kelly Lee Owens who I saw live recently and was totally captivated. Golden Teacher are up next, they are a band from Glasgow who have been consistently releasing music that ticks all my boxes. There’s a crunchy hardware jam from Rudefood out on my friend Greta’s One Take Records, a new one from my upcoming album and I think my favourite track from last year, Touch Absence by Lanark Artefax.  


A friend of mine AEVA released his EP recently and has another coming soon. Trippy, emotional and heavy all the same time. Giant Swan are also releasing some brilliant stuff. Check them out live if you can. 


What is on the cards in the immediate future?

My album is coming out on the 6th of April and I have an album release show at Corsica Studios in London on the 12th April which I’m really excited about. Then I’m heading off on tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in North America and Europe!


Where is the best place in the world you have DJ’d and why? 

I played a live show at a festival on the Isle of Eigg in the Hebrides which will always stick in my mind. It was about 2.30am and the little village hall was totally rammed and everyone was right up for it!