Kid Kombat, a.k.a Dan Lowe, is a U.K based producer and artist
with a diverse musical background. Hailing from Derby, he developed a keen
interest in music at an early age, which led him to pick up the guitar and bass
at sixteen and forming a band almost immediately. The following years were
spent playing guitar and bass in countless metal, punk, rock and indie bands,
performing nationwide, both amateur and professionally, but all the while
developing a keen and growing interest in electronic music. In late 2007, he
committed to writing a hard electro industrial album that was layered with cut
up style samples and heavy guitars that burst with big beats and attitude, all
performed by himself and self released as a ten-track album.
In and around August 2009, his attention turned
towards the energy and sounds of Techno & Electro House. Several original
and remix tracks developed quickly as his productions matured, becoming infused
with a more sophisticated and thoughtful sound, delving deeper into the realms
of Tech House, with some Minimal and Trance influences creeping into his
Kid Kombat is a ‘cross genre’ artist and
producer, by approaching the production of every new track or remix with an
open mind and thus mixing the diversities of Tech-House, Techno, Minimal,
Electronica, Trance, Electro and everything in-between. Each track has its own
sound, character and flavour. The onus is not to be stuck in one genre.
In his own words, “I don’t want to ‘pigeonhole’
myself with one dimensional productions, or to be a producer known for just one
particular genre of electronic music. That is a risky proposition to me. Dance
music, like any music, is there to be explored and experimented with. So by following this ethos, I will not be
restricting my musical output or creativity”.
This open-minded approach is reflected in his
choice of producers whom he loosely draws inspiration from. Quoting artists and producers such as Claude
VonStroke, Stimming, Huoratron, Rob Babicz, Deadmau5, Mark Knight, Chris Lake,
Stephan Bodzin, Richie Hawtin, Voodeux, Ame, Justice, Teenage Bad Girl, Audion
and Meat Katie as some of his influences.
The Kid Kombat ‘sound’ has been described as a blend of
intelligent melody, innovative sound design, strong rhythmic grooves and
thoughtful vibes to keep the energy and movement on the dance floor alive. In the short space of a year, Kid Kombat has
already produced a vast quantity of his own original tracks, along with several
diverse remixes of tracks by many artists such as, Tom Middleton, Claude
VonStroke, Guy Gerber, Sander Van Doorn, Deadmau5, Nicole Moudaber, Digital
Victims, Alex Blanco, Thomas Sonora and Dapayk.
Kid Kombat is currently hard at work in the
studio producing new tracks that are infused with a musical diversity that will
push him and his music to the next level artistically. Also, as he is no stranger to performing,
plans are in place to perform live in 2011. This will be a combination of using computers, Abelton Live, midi
controllers and various effect processors to give more creative freedom to
perform and experiment in a live context.