Getting to Know Kidswaste at BUKU Music + Art Project
Quentin Beauvois AKA Kidswaste is a talented producer, singer, and songwriter hailing from France. His music can be soothing, uplifting, sad, and bass-heavy all at the same time. The balance of his own and female vocals makes him a versatile and talented artist. We recently featured Kidswaste on our occasional Track of the Day series, check it out here. We caught up with this young producer at BUKU Music + Art Project. From the festival scene to the creative process, we got to get to know this artist from the inside out.
Sensible Reason: Are you excited for today? You’ve never played this festival before.
Kidswaste: No, I’ve never been to New Orleans before either.
SR: Are you planning on hanging around the festival?
K: Yes, I leave on Sunday. I go back to France on Sunday. I’ll be here tomorrow as well, so I can visit a bit more tomorrow.
Do you have anything special planned for your set today?
K: I’m playing a F.U.N. remix…that’s all I can say. I just made it earlier, I still need to finish it.
SR: You’ve done the festival circuit before, I know I saw you at Electric Forest last year. Do you have a routine? How do you prepare for a festival like this?
K: I usually go in knowing all of the artists that I want to see and stuff, then I go around the festival pretty much as an attendee. I love the festival vibe of just going around and seeing a lot of artists. Not just backstage, but seeing them really playing. So, I’m more of a fan than an artist coming to a festival to play. This is mostly what I do, go around, check out all the artists that I want to see, have some fun at the festival, play my show.
SR: That’s really cool, I know a lot of artists and even people in my position as media who spend all their time backstage. Some have heavier deadlines than I do, but I like to really experience the festival as an attendee, hula hoop, and to get the full feel of everything.
K: The backstage side of it is great to talk to those artists but hanging out backstage is not all that crazy. It’s a fantasy for people. “OMG, you have backstage access!” But you have the most fun in the crowd.
SR: It’s almost stressful being backstage.
K: It can be.
SR: So who do you want to see this weekend?
K: I want to see Fisher, Ekali, 1788-L, both are clashing so I don’t know how I’ll do that. Kero Kero Bonito, Louis the Child again, I’ve seen them before I love them so much.
SR: Me too!
K: I’m probably forgetting names, but I have a schedule.
SR: Who are you listening to these days?
K: The new Flume, pretty much like everyone else because it’s amazing. But I’ve been listening to Tourist because he just released an album that is absolutely beautiful. Otherwise, a lot of Bon Iver, because I’ve always been listening to them. Duskus! They just released a few songs and they’re amazing.
SR: You work with a lot of different artists and vocalists. How do you approach collaborations creatively? Are you doing a lot of the songwriting or does it depend on who you’re working with?
K: It’s a little bit of both, on my last song “Sleeping Pills” I wrote the lyrics and co-performed the lyrics. Other times, I’ll have the instrumental and the vocal for it and I’ll just send it to the vocalist I’m working with and see if we keep my vocals or not. Most of the time it gets rewritten, so it really depends. Lately, I’ve been trying to write for myself a lot more, with the songs and the lyrics fitting together, but I’m always open to people writing their own lyrics.
SR: Do you ever struggle when you’re creating something? How do you know when something is or isn’t working?
K: I work very fast. So, basically making a track, the whole structure of it takes me about 2 or 3 hours. So in 2 or 3 hours if I don’t have a song done I’m like stuck or something, it’s usually a no go for me. But lately, I’ve been trying to kind of pass that point of being stuck. If I spend 5 more hours on it that’s fine. I have a lot of writing blocks a lot of the time and it’s mainly because I put a lot of pressure on myself that I’m going to write the best thing that I can and the whole label thing. Is it going to please the label? So I’ve been trying to stop thinking about this very recently and make a lot of music and that’s been working out.
SR: It’s almost easier to be more prolific than only with one a piece at a time.
K: It’s better not to think about anything.
SR: You can’t think about what the label wants. Do you ever get any pressure from them to create certain songs, or is it all in your head?
K: Yeah, I think it’s all in my head, my label has been really great. There are no…bad vibes? It’s not really what I want to say but it’s the closest I can find. It’s just me on my own I ‘m trying to make sure it’s perfect, that it’s going to please everyone, but I shouldn’t. I should just do it.
SR: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing right now?
K: Some kind of art, which eventually I will do. I don’t think I’ll be making music my whole life, I want to make art in general. So for now, I’m making music and maybe I’ll go into photography or design or drawing or animation. I just want to make art.
SR: Being from France, what’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed in the music scene between France and the United States?
K: Well, the French scene is very different in the sense that we don’t have any major cities besides Paris. So, the scene is kind of closed inside Paris and if you want to go outside of Paris you have to start there first…which is super hard because it’s a very closed scene. So, it’s hard to get into and it’s hard to get out so that’s the main difference. To me, it’s been more appealing to work in the US because literally all of my team and the people that listen to my music came from here first. So, it was actually easier for me to travel from France to the US and make a name sort of name and reputation for myself here first.
SR: So what’s next for you? What are your plans for the summer? Are you hitting any more festivals?
K: I don’t think I’m going to play any more shows this year, I think BUKU is my last show and I’m going to just work on finishing this album that I’m working on. I’ll be in album mode until next year and we’ll see what happens next year. But nothing is set in stone, but hopefully an album and releasing more music this year. I’m sitting on a lot of music I want to put out. It’s going to be a quiet year.
SR: But one filled with creativity.
K: Yes, hopefully, more music being released. I have a lot of material it’s just finding out how to make Kidswaste grow.
At the Switchyard, Kidswaste had a sizable group for his set at the small stage. His originals stood out and his remixes were unique and artistic. The set had a natural ebb and flow from vocal ballads to hard-hitting remixes, and the crowd couldn’t help but get up and dance. We can’t wait to see what Kidswaste has in store for us this summer as this artist continues to grow.