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Behind The Scenes Of KATO And Sigala’s ‘Show You Love’

KATO talks Behind The Scenes of his latest track 'Show You Love' with Sigala and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Danish DJ and producer KATO has marked a huge achievement with his latest release. ‘Show You Love’ was produced alongside Sigala, one of the rising stars in dance music, while teaming up with the wonderful Hailee Steinfeld’ on vocals. To learn a little more about how the tracks actually came about, the production techniques and other ideas which came about, KATO takes us Behind The Scenes to talk about this.

Show You Love’ is the latest track to come from KATO, a brand new collaboration with Sigala and Hailee Steinfeld. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about, the idea behind it?

We wrote ”Show You Love” with Grace Tither who introduced me to Sigala, whom she had previously worked with. I really liked Sigalas fresh and uplifting house sound which was a great fit with where I currently find myself genre-wise.

Normally I enjoy meeting in the studio, writing and producing tracks, but at the time where this track came to life I was on tour. This meant that “Show You Love” became the first track of mine created by sending files back-and-forth. We had our final lyric session on Skype with Sigala and Grace in London and myself in my studio here in Denmark.

When entering the studio, do you have a specific sound which you would like to record, or is it a matter of entering the studio with nothing and coming up with the track?

My tracks normally come to life a bit randomly. I’m not a fan of working from a template or a plan of creating something specific. I play around with different chords and sounds until the idea is there. From getting the idea to having a finished track doesn’t usually take too long. I generally like mixing genres. If I’m making a house track, I like having one or more elements which really stand out. That’s where the magic happens – in my opinion anyway!

As mentioned, ‘Show You Love’ is your latest track. Can you tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how each layer came about and now working with Sigala went?

Because the track came together by sending files back-and-forth, we had all spent time individually working on the track. It’s a brand new process for me, but it is also very inspiring not knowing which direction the track would take. The whole process has definitely been eye opening for me, realizing that great music can come to life even without the need to be together in the studio.

Was there any specific hardware or software which you used in the production of the track? 

In the mix-phase we spent a lot of time giving warmth and an analog sound to the electronic elements. Tube compressors, tape saturation, parallel distortion and the layering of sounds with my old Wurlitzer helped us give the track a more analog and dynamic feeling. It was important to me that the track didn’t feel flat and un-dynamic.

Is there any key hardware or software which is your number one “go-to” in the studio? 

I’m a big fan of distortion. I use it on nearly everything. It helps me bring character and identity to sounds, especially electronic sounds. I use “Ohmicide” from “Ohm Force” a lot and “FabFilters” “Saturn” whenever a milder distortion is needed.

And the track is one which provides that upbeat House like sound, perfect for the main room dance floors. Was this sound always a direction which you wanted to deliver?

It was always kind of there from the beginning. The mixture of the dirty bassline in contrast to the uplifting piano and marimba, and lastly the addition of the catchy vocal on the top. Sometimes things just really add up from the outset and this was very much the case here.

The vocals from Hailee Steinfeld work extremely well within the track, fusing in with the background production work. How easy is it for you to work with the likes of Hailee on tracks? 

She has a really nice pop-voice. It is a bit understated, which makes her cool and exciting. She never sounds tense or someone who comes across as trying to sound like somebody else. We had another voice on the track before Hailee said yes to the feature, so I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to adjust the song to fit Hailee’s voice, but it turned out that Hailee was a perfect fit for the track. Actually, it was a bit spooky how well she fitted the track. This made mixing her vocals in quite easy.

Are there any other producers, such as Sigala, that you would particularly like to work with in the future, mainly because of their sound? 

Yes, definitely! There’s a lot of really talented boys out there. MNEK, Disclosure, Thomas Gold, MK, Clean Bandit…I could keep going forever! These days there are a lot of producers around who make some very cool stuff, and it’s very exciting to see the current phase of electronic music. It’s not just about making the hardest bassline or the catchiest theme anymore – Now it’s also about great songs, which I think is a very positive development.

Finally, rounding things off. What would be your one piece of production advice you would give to an upcoming producer, looking to make their own tracks in the studio / makeshift studio? 

It’s fine to watch a lot of tutorials online and getting inspiration from others, BUT, there’s no list of rights and wrongs on how to make great music. Play around with the music, and don’t be afraid of letting the music lead you in a direction you might not have prepared yourself for. Earlier in my career I deleted a lot of crazy creative ideas because I didn’t feel like they suited my style or didn’t suit what people expected to come from me. Deleting those ideas is something I regret, and now I save everything I make. I even save small sketches which might not amount to anything.

My rule is to save it and open it up again tomorrow and see which ideas pop up. Most important of all though: Trust your own gut-feeling. If you think something is cool, it’s much easier convincing others of the same!

And for fans of KATO, what can they expect to see from you over the course of the year?

Of course right now everything is all about “Show You Love” but there’s a lot more music on the way. Not just new singles but also remixes, edits and mashups. Keep an eye out on my socials!

For more information on KATO:
https://www.facebook.com/katomusic
https://twitter.com/KatoDK
https://soundcloud.com/katoofficial

Photo Credit: Morten Rygaard

KATO.

Danish DJ and producer KATO has marked a huge achievement with his latest release. ‘Show Me Love’ was produced alongside Sigala, one of the rising stars in dance music, while teaming up with the wonderful Hailee Steinfeld’ on vocals. To learn a little more about how the tracks actually came about, the production techniques and other ideas which came about, KATO takes us Behind The Scenes to talk about this.

Show You Love’ is the latest track to come from KATO, a brand new collaboration with Sigala and Hailee Steinfeld. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about, the idea behind it?

 

We wrote ”Show You Love” with Grace Tither who introduced me to Sigala, whom she had previously worked with. I really liked Sigalas fresh and uplifting house sound which was a great fit with where I currently find myself genre-wise.

KATO.

Normally I enjoy meeting in the studio, writing and producing tracks, but at the time where this track came to life I was on tour. This meant that “Show You Love” became the first track of mine created by sending files back-and-forth. We had our final lyric session on Skype with Sigala and Grace in London and myself in my studio here in Denmark.

When entering the studio, do you have a specific sound which you would like to record, or is it a matter of entering the studio with nothing and coming up with the track?

My tracks normally come to life a bit randomly. I’m not a fan of working from a template or a plan of creating something specific. I play around with different chords and sounds until the idea is there. From getting the idea to having a finished track doesn’t usually take too long. I generally like mixing genres. If I’m making a house track, I like having one or more elements which really stand out. That’s where the magic happens – in my opinion anyway!

KATO.

As mentioned, ‘Show You Love’ is your latest track. Can you tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how each layer came about and now working with Sigala went?

Because the track came together by sending files back-and-forth, we had all spent time individually working on the track. It’s a brand new process for me, but it is also very inspiring not knowing which direction the track would take. The whole process has definitely been eye opening for me, realizing that great music can come to life even without the need to be together in the studio.

Was there any specific hardware or software which you used in the production of the track? 

KATO.

In the mix-phase we spent a lot of time giving warmth and an analog sound to the electronic elements. Tube compressors, tape saturation, parallel distortion and the layering of sounds with my old Wurlitzer helped us give the track a more analog and dynamic feeling. It was important to me that the track didn’t feel flat and un-dynamic.

Is there any key hardware or software which is your number one “go-to” in the studio? 

I’m a big fan of distortion. I use it on nearly everything. It helps me bring character and identity to sounds, especially electronic sounds. I use “Ohmicide” from “Ohm Force” a lot and “FabFilters” “Saturn” whenever a milder distortion is needed.

And the track is one which provides that upbeat House like sound, perfect for the main room dance floors. Was this sound always a direction which you wanted to deliver?

KATO.

It was always kind of there from the beginning. The mixture of the dirty bassline in contrast to the uplifting piano and marimba, and lastly the addition of the catchy vocal on the top. Sometimes things just really add up from the outset and this was very much the case here.

The vocals from Hailee Steinfeld work extremely well within the track, fusing in with the background production work. How easy is it for you to work with the likes of Hailee on tracks? 

 

She has a really nice pop-voice. It is a bit understated, which makes her cool and exciting. She never sounds tense or someone who comes across as trying to sound like somebody else. We had another voice on the track before Hailee said yes to the feature, so I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to adjust the song to fit Hailee’s voice, but it turned out that Hailee was a perfect fit for the track. Actually, it was a bit spooky how well she fitted the track. This made mixing her vocals in quite easy.

Are there any other producers, such as Sigala, that you would particularly like to work with in the future, mainly because of their sound? 

KATO.

Yes, definitely! There’s a lot of really talented boys out there. MNEK, Disclosure, Thomas Gold, MK, Clean Bandit…I could keep going forever! These days there are a lot of producers around who make some very cool stuff, and it’s very exciting to see the current phase of electronic music. It’s not just about making the hardest bassline or the catchiest theme anymore – Now it’s also about great songs, which I think is a very positive development.

Finally, rounding things off. What would be your one piece of production advice you would give to an upcoming producer, looking to make their own tracks in the studio / makeshift studio? 

It’s fine to watch a lot of tutorials online and getting inspiration from others, BUT, there’s no list of rights and wrongs on how to make great music. Play around with the music, and don’t be afraid of letting the music lead you in a direction you might not have prepared yourself for. Earlier in my career I deleted a lot of crazy creative ideas because I didn’t feel like they suited my style or didn’t suit what people expected to come from me. Deleting those ideas is something I regret, and now I save everything I make. I even save small sketches which might not amount to anything. My rule is to save it and open it up again tomorrow and see which ideas pop up. Most important of all though: Trust your own gut-feeling. If you think something is cool, it’s much easier convincing others of the same!

KATO.

And for fans of KATO, what can they expect to see from you over the course of the year?

 

Of course right now everything is all about “Show You Love” but there’s a lot more music on the way. Not just new singles but also remixes, edits and mashups. Keep an eye out on my socials!

For more information on KATO:
https://www.facebook.com/katomusic
https://twitter.com/KatoDK
https://soundcloud.com/katoofficial

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