New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with KAYTRANADA

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KAYTRANADA - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

KAYTRANADA visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and sit down with us for an interesting and eclectic What's In My Bag? interview. The Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer extraordinaire talked about hometown hero A-Trak, the early '80s R&B and disco scene in Africa, the debut album from French electronic duo Justice, and much, much more.

KAYTRANADA is the musical project of Louis Kevin Celestin. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Celestin's KAYTRANADA - Nothin Like Ufamily moved to Montreal, Canada, where he grew up. He began DJing at fourteen. He started learning production a year later after being introduced to FL Studio by his brother. In 2010, he began performing under the alias Kaytradamus, switching to his current incarnation as KAYTRANADA in 2012. In 2016, he released his debut LP 99.9% via XL Recordings. He would go on to win the Polaris Music Prize for the album, which features contributions from the likes of GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, and Vic Mensa.

Leading up to the release of his debut, KAYTRANADA had created a steady stream of mixtapes and EPs. On the strength of this output, he toured Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia. In 2015, he opened two dates of Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour. His extensive list of remix and production credits includes work for Mobb DeepGorillaz, The Internet, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar. His latest release is the Nothin Like U / Chances EP.

KAYTRANADA's shopping trip began not with music, but with a poster for Dario Argento's 1977 cult classic Suspiria. "This version from the '70s actually blew me away, just the way everything looked and all the costumes and all the makeup," he said. "It was really beautifully done."

He was especially excited to find a copy of Sunglasses Is a Must, the documentary about fellow Canadian DJ A-Trak, which he'd been looking for since he was 19 years old! KAYTRANADA explained that A-Trak is a "hometown hero for many, many people from Montreal. He was a worldwide known DJ by the time he was like 14 years old," which is around the same time that KAYTRANADA himself started DJing.

KAYTRANADA also shared how he was influenced by a Sony Enang record and described the popularity of R&B, boogie, and disco in Africa in the early '80s. Another artist who made an impact on him was French electronic duo Justice. KAYTRANADA recalls hearing their debut album for the first time and how it introduced him to electronic music.

But which band does KAYTRANADA's dad always recommend to him? And which remix does KAYTRANADA consider one of his favorite remixes he ever did? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

KAYTRANADA - What's In My Bag?
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