Portrait of an Artist: Understanding Klute Through His Influences

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When we got wind of Klute's seventh studio album The Draft, one of the key ideas was how deep his influences run. The genre of jungle and drum & bass was built on wearing what influences you on your sleeve, which was pretty apparent in the earlier eras. The core of drum & bass is drawing from everything, be it hip-hop or film soundtracks, and incorporating that into the productions of today, which is madness when you consider that drum & bass operates at 160-170 BPM (or more). When you get that fast, things tend to slow down, and room opens up to inject the sounds that you're listening to when dnb isn't around. This was an art that's been lost in drum & bass (and many forms of dance music), with most producers only drawing from other producers within the genre. After a while, everything's a copy, and the originality needs to come from somewhere.

In speaking on The Draft, Klute says he spent time listening to the music that's influenced him: punk rock, film scores, early electronic music, and so much more. While we won't speculate exactly where each of these influences fits into The Draft (which is out on October 14), we like to think that this particular body of songs played a big part in where Klute's headspace was at when creating his latest album. Klute took the time out to speak on a number of songs and albums, and in his words we find a portrait of the producer, sewing a quilt featuring fabrics that helped shape the musician he is today, based on the sounds that brought up up back then. In his own words, here's Klute discussing his influences.

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