The budding eletronica producer Kevin Pleinnevaux (1994), or Cabasa, proves the tell-tale saying that practice at least comes close to perfect. The Under My Garage resident hailing from Namur has mixed up an eclectic selection of ambient and beatless bits with more rhythmic and club-ready tunes; using tracks he likes falling asleep to as well as those to get his feet moving. Always exploring the boundaries within electronic music between the danceable and undanceable, he’s outdone himself for this one, throwing in a few upcoming, unreleased tracks of his own for good measure.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
Even though I’ve been confronted to electronic music ever since I was a kid – thanks in no small part to my DJ father and some relatives who were behind UNREzT and their label Th!n Consolation – my own personal interest only started around 17, when my older sister would go out to dubstep and D&B raves. I quickly started DJing and building arecord collection, digging into all sorts of bass music. After a year or so, I started producing in 2013.
I feel strongly influenced and inspired by the UK scene, and that’s why I decided to move to London this year. But I’ve also been looking for some more experimental sounds since I changed locations. I used to produce perfectly arranged tracks – with club-use definitely in mind – but digging into beatless world music and other genres is reshaping the way I produce today.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life? Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
I actually started attending guitar lessons since I was 11, but after seven years I kind of gave it up when I was confident enough to start DJing and producing – which is a shame, I should get back on it. I got Ableton and some VSTs, and started watching some basic tutorials on Youtube. Over the past few years I’ve been experimenting with various production tools, in order to figure out what I like and don’t like working with. I’ve also been working at Rye Wax since I moved to London: a great place to discover the most unexpected records, see awesome live performances and DJ sets, and meet tons of music-heads! So even when I’m not home producing or listening to music, I’m still immersed in a musical environment, which is great.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
I chose this track as it’s from one of my EPs that I’m the most proud of! Without giving too much away, it’ll be released in 2018 on a Belgian label alongside three other tracks.
When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…
I recorded the mix early in the afternoon at the underground Rye Wax, specifically in their basement space. The place is warm and cosy, and there’s a nice subdued light. Whilst playing, some people were having lunch or coffee, working on their computer, or coming by to check the records. Rye Wax is usually quiet around this time of day, so I like to think that the selection suited the mood. I actually love playing for people in the daytime, so I was in a pretty good mood and had a great time recording this mix.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Lanark Artefax’s Touch Absence, a track I’ve been rinsing lately.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
Versalife – Encrypted Mind (Clone/Djak-Up-Bitch)
The sound design of this whole album is just something else, and it perfectly matches the sort of music I’ve been playing a lot at the moment.
Kilchhofer / Hainbach – Acosta (Marionette)
I love the way these guys mix acoustic and electronic music, and use DIY and hacked equipment to produce as well.
Ssaliva – We Never Happened
This is simply a marvel of ambient and deconstructed music – and the fact that it came out on a Belgian label is an added plus. I’ve got a lot of respect for Ekster.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
My usual bi-monthly radio show on 199Radio in New River Studios, a gig in Guildford for Presha with my mates Truska and Foxmind on the 26th of October, and my very first booking in Hackney on the 17th of November, with more info to come.