Kamorah is a new name for your radar in 2018. The rising Irish producer has firmly placed himself at the fore of the continental minimal tech sound with a lethal debut titled ‘Killah’. The track leads New Violence Records’ Ibiza 2018 VA, which is dedicated to the finest in the ranks of the next generation. With early support from the likes of Hot Since 82, Richy Ahmed, Roger Sanchez and more, Kamorah looks primed to seize his chance. We were lucky enough to catch up with him this week to get an insight into his process, his penchant for GAA and his affinity for the sounds of the white isle.
WWD: The debut release is dropping August 17 on NVR. It’s seeing nice support from heavy hitters like Hot Since 82 and Roger Sanchez. Can you share with us a little insight into the creative process behind ‘Killah?
For this one the kick and bass bounced nicely off each other so I wanted that to be the main aspect of the track. I didn’t waste too much time on big synths or vocals. The subtle vocal touch adds a nice dark atmosphere to the track then the other core part is the stabs in the breakdown, which I find breaks the track up nicely and adds a bit more life to it.
WWD: Does Kamorah have a set routine in the studio?
To start each track I’ll always mark down the kind of the vibe I want to go for and key notes to remember.
Following on from that is the kick selection and processing. For me this is one of the most important parts in my routine as I find the kick sets the tone of the whole track.
Once a solid groove 8 bar loop of kick, bass and percussion is sounding good I usually move onto what hooks will be introduced through the track.. Sometimes after a few hours working I’ll bounce the track out and play it in the car. Helps me hear what elements are strong and which ones need work.
WWD: Whats your favourite plug in the studio?
Hard to pick one so i’ll give you two.
Fabfilter Pro EQ – I have this on nearly every channel to keep the mix clean.
Waves – R Bass – This is a really handy tool for added some low end punch to your kick drums and basses. Pretty much use this in all of my tracks.
WWD: Your ability behind the decks is well known in Dublin and throughout Ireland. How did you first get started in music?
I used to be big into playing Gaelic football and found listening to music and messing around on some old decks was a good hobby to take a break from other things. Then at university I joined the DIT DJ Society to meet some other DJs and get used to using industry quality equipment. As time went on I became more and more serious about it, which led to getting my first gig in the old Lost society basement followed by a weekly residency in the Village Warehouse. It went on and on from there.
WWD: You’re bringing a deep minimal sound to the table with a tasty continental edge. Where did your appreciation for this sound stem from?
I’ve also been a big fan of Music On at Amnesia and Circo loco, I guess in a way these parties have shaped the sound I work on in the studio.
WWD: One thing you would change about the DJ world if you could?
The amount of people recording videos on the dance floor with a big bright flash on.
WWD: Three favourite spots to hangout in Dublin?
For something a bit chilled, I enjoy a pint in my local pub, the Back Page in Phibsboro or Crowbar in Temple Bar but for something going a bit later PYG would be the spot for me.
WWD: Who are the emerging Irish artists on your radar right now?
Theres so many great acts in Ireland at the momenet, the likes of Hybrasil, Rebuke and Cerillo are doing some really cool things with big labels. Ones to watch over the next few months for me would be Josh Green, Karl Hughes and Stephen Mc Adam, always play a good set and doing some great work in the studio.
WWD: Being somewhat of a renowned selector can you share with us three tracks that have been mainstays in your sets this Summer?
Marcelo Cura & Luca Cantalejo – That Smile
Guti – Like The Good days
Joey Daniel, Artslaves – Room Number 6
WWD: Music-wise, what else can we expect from you over the coming months?
I have an EP coming out on one of my favourite labels in October, followed by a remix shortly after. Currently working away on new music to hopefully get one more EP sorted before 2019, Stay tuned.