Killer Kiwi On The Loose – an interview w/ Troy Kete

*written by A’Damaged Pro for Electronica Life

New Zealand won’t be able to contain this guy much longer. Troy Kete is relatively unknown stateside but that is about to change. He’s a young man of few words, but he more than makes up for that with the enthusiasm he shows in his work.

A friend of mine gave me a line on an up-and-comer who is smashing things up down under.  His name is Troy Kete.  Don’t be ashamed if you don’t know who he is, but, believe me, you soon will.  He is one of Auckland’s most-enthusiastic sons, born and raised, and he has every intention to take his dreams to the next step.  I caught up with the “Killer Kiwi” to discuss his musical origins, his mentor, and what would be a dream come true.

A’Damaged Pro: What were your earliest musical influences?

Troy Kete: Headhunterz, Klass, Daft Punk, The Avalanches, Crystal Castles, Skrillex.

A’Damaged Pro: When did you realize that you wanted to start making music?

Troy Kete: Back in College, about 3 years ago, I was really vibing to hardstyle, so I was always trying to recreate that sort of sound. I didn’t really take it seriously until quite recently.

A’Damaged Pro: What equipment did you start with?

Troy Kete: Production – FL Studio 8 | DJing – Numark Mixtrack

A’Damaged Pro: Do you feel that where you’ve lived has affected your style of music?

Troy Kete: Not really, I think the music scene here in NZ is very up to date with the USA.

A’Damaged Pro: Who are some artists that inspire you?

Troy Kete: Julian Benasis, for sure. He has taught me a lot over Skype and I cant wait to meet the homie in real life soon.

A’Damaged Pro: What aspects of their music speak to you directly?

Troy Kete: The dude has talent, and throws down hard. He also is so consistent with releasing tracks. Check his Soundcloud and see for yourself

A’Damaged Pro: Do you enjoy producing or performing more?

Troy Kete: Producing and performing are so different, but I would have to say performing.

A’Damaged Pro: What is your dream gig?

Troy Kete: EDC main stage.

A’Damaged Pro: Do you have any new projects that you’re working on now?

Troy Kete: I just started working on an EP last week and I’m hoping I can release that in the next month or so.

Troy will be coming to Chicago in December to play a show with Julian Benasis. With the musical chemistry that these two have together, I can’t wait to hear their future collaboration projects.

Connect with Troy on: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud