Kissey is a music head. But she’s not just any kind of music head, she’s the kind of music head we LOVE. It’s not about appreciating music for simply “a sound” – it’s about the feeling you get, the ways the sound and the art creep inside, live in you, and call you to action – to live. And that is why we are so happy that this particular music head is a also a dope DJ.
By way of Sweden, Kissey is taking her deep love for music to new heights – and she’s soaring. With a ton of exciting music projects on her plate, she took some time out to talk about her sounds and inspiration, and she’s created an exclusive mix just for Arcade44. Plug in and turn it up!
How do you describe your sound?
Sweaty indie dance music that’s made in New york by a Swede.
What neighborhood do you live in? How does it influence your sound?
I live in Manhattan. Coming to New York just changed my sound so much. Environments effect what you create a lot. To leave Sweden and to come here, it was inevitable that it would happen.
Tell us about how you came to make music your life.
I’ve been “doing” music since i was a mini-me; choirs, playing instruments, singing, dancing, it is in my core – it’s who I am. In the daytime i write music, at night I dance to music out in NYC night, and the next day the cycle begins again. I don’t really know how to answer this question, but when I am floating on the dancefloor with my eyes closed, the spot has a good system, a dj that is playing a massive tune, the song is is sending out some nice sounds and lovely vibrations, and it makes me feel something – love and happiness. It’s a very heavenly feeling, and that feeling inspires me to keep on writing and making music. It’s a beautiful and inspiring thing to be part of a moment to create for others what I feel in that moment.
What’s got you excited about music right now?
I find all the new different genre-movements that are going on right now to be very interesting. I know that this is not a new phenomena, but I feel these past 2-3 years you don’t have to be a nerdy person or read underground blogs to find out about them, it’s a nice breath of fresh air. Whatever you are into, it’s pretty easy to accesses quality tracks. I frequently ask my friends to play me songs that they have on their phones, pads and pods, to see what’s going on, and it’s beautiful. People have their own individual thing going on and they take the time to chose what goes on those playlists. People actually care about what they are listening to, and not listening to something that someone else told them to download, get or whatnot for the sake of it.
So, we’ve got the time machine warmed up and ready for you to go back to any era in NYC history—where would you choose to take us and why?
You know what, New York is absolutly amazing right now. So much is going on, so many creative minds that gather here, I don’t really feel the need to wish for anything else. If I would hop in that time machine of yours, it would be more to sit down and talk for an hour with someone like Warhol or Halston and ask them everything from everyday questions – from what he bought at the bodega, if he even goes to a bodega – to deeper questions about creativity. Or possibly go to one of those parties Kusama threw, the flyers look like they were banging.
What’s up next for you? Any projects we should be looking out for?
Later this month my remix of Sinkane’s ‘Lady C’mon’ is being released on DFA for their Sinkane Mars Deluxe edition. I had a lot of fun working on that, so it makes it extra nice to be able to share it with you all finally.
Otherwise I’m in the middle of working on a new album project, can’t really say more at this point, but i did include a little teaser from the song ‘Hold Me’ in the mix.