[Behind The Beat] TOO KiND Urges Us to Be and Stay Kind
Producing ever since 2010, TOO KiND pushes the envelope, breaking barriers in the industry. With his new single “TRIP”, he’s not just one dimensional. His music is filled with character and vibrant. His message is uplifting and possitive with Be Kind, Stay Kind. He’s performed all over Florida. Opening for DJ’s such as 3lau, Adventure Club, Clockwork, Cookie Monsta, Funtcase, SNBRN and HeroBust. His gradual mix of house and dubstep is a perfect integration of his sound. Always perfecting and pushing boundaries, we’re here with the man of the hour himself!
Behind The Beat with TOO KiND
Thank you, thank you. We’re here with TOO KiND and the Mix Team. We are here with TOO KiND, a producer/DJ from Port St. Lucie, FL and we are so happy to have him with us today at Mix247edm.
Thank you for being with us on Mix247EDM. How’s it going?
It’s going great! Kind vibes all around. Glad to be here.
That’s awesome! What inspired the name “TOO KiND?”
Couple different things actually. Back in 2010, I was just mixing on a Traktor S4, and I didn’t really have a name to go by at the time. I brought up the idea of something along of the lines being “too friendly” with my friend who’s a singer/songwriter. I thought that “too friendly” name was a bit soft, but we just kept going through synonyms of “friendly” until we came up with “kind”. TOO KiND just clicked.
According to my friends, it generally represents myself as a person, but to me, it represents the kindness and best aspects of the scene in general. I see that the people in the scene now are very critical of artists, sets, and the music they make. Back when I started, people just enjoyed whatever the DJ played, were kind to one and another, and I hope to bring that back to the scene the best I can with my music and message.
When did you realize that you wanted to get into producing and making music?
I was listening to all sorts of variations of EDM when I started TOO KiND, and always had an ear for music playing keyboard off and on growing up, but it wasn’t until seeing Porter Robinson at EDC 2011 that I truly realized that this was what I wanted to do. I was just making simple beats on Garageband at the time, but I got Ableton Live and started taking it seriously. There weren’t many tutorials at the time, so I just made mashups, learned arrangements, and tried recreating tracks I loved until I got an idea of how Ableton worked. Production is like an endless video game though, just gotta keep leveling up haha.
I’ve been listening to your new mix you released a few days ago, I love the gradual build-up and integration of trap, house, and dubstep, what inspired this mix?
Thank you! 🙂 It all goes back to the idea of TOO KiND representing the best aspects of the scene, capturing all of the great sounds that myself and everyone else enjoys, combining it all together to appeal to everyone. I’d love to be an artist that’s welcomed to all stages of a festival (Main, Bass, Tech, Trance) one day, which is quite bold and difficult, but who is to say it can’t be done? In a nutshell, I play and love the shit out of this music.
What is your ritual before mixing down a song?
Drinking Arizona Herbal Tonic Tea (the yellow one), and pacing around the room usually haha.
TOO KiND and His HomeTown Influences…
Since TOO KiND is from Florida, there are a lot of sounds emerging in that area.
What’s the EDM scene like in Florida? Does that inspire your sound?
I think it’s great and it definitely has. I started off in my hometown Port St. Lucie, FL, just playing local bars, then I moved to Orlando for school. That’s where I actually started promoting, playing big shows in clubs, and opening for bigger artists. Florida is known for its parties, and weather, so it’s safe to say there is a ton of talent coming from everywhere in this state. Orlando, Tampa, Miami, even some of the college towns like Tally, and Gainesville have some rising stars too. I stay in touch with a lot of upcoming artists here, and I think we all inspire and push each other to become bigger and better at what we love to do on a daily basis.
What’s your favorite TV show?
Ah, too many great shows! I’d have to say Game of Thrones, Entourage, Rick & Morty, House of Cards, Californication, SVU to name a few. That rhymed.
If you could create a Dubstep song with any artist dead or alive, who would it be?
I’d have to go with Mat Zo. He’s been collaborating with Kill The Noise lately, but his sound is nuts. Also, Notorious BIG because that collab would be 1000 times more lit than Purple Lamborghini.
Where is one place you’d like to tour before you die?
Japan. I’ve always been interested in that part of the world. Maybe it was too much Anime or video games, but it just looks awesome.
When Pystrance meets Dubstep in New Single “TRIP”
Can you tell us about any new releases/tour/collaborations coming up?
Just dropped a track called “TRiP” that released on New Kicks Records, a Psytrance label ran by this LA/Israeli duo known as Coming Soon!!!. They’re huge in the Psytrance scene, and the track combines elements of Psytrance and dubstep which they thought was really interesting. I also have an Electro track called “STORM” dropping real soon that contains sounds I recorded during Hurricane Irma, so I’m excited for that. Other releases include a Psytrance/Complextro hybrid track, an Outkast remix, a downtempo pop track, and some tech house (I’m all over the place lol).
We’ve just confirmed a few shows in the fall, so stay tuned for that. I have a lot of dope collabs in the works and that are completed as well. One, in particular, is with multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter ATHRS who just performed it at Imagine Music Festival. It’s a really fun track called “Passenger”, and we really wanted to capture that punk rock, early 2000’s rock feel, but combine it with electro elements.
Another one is with Tampa producer/engineer KC Gilmore, called “Harmless”. We originally called it “Dwacky.” Because it had his dark signature sound, and my wacky sound; “Harmless” is a good representation of us as people so we’re excited for people to hear that. Other collabs I have in the works are with some pretty big upcoming acts in the scene so I can’t say much but all I can say is I am stoked for you all to hear them 🙂
Your song PopCorn is so funky, what inspired you to create it? It’s so filthy!
Love that track! I actually made it for other producers. There’s a lot of little elements in the track. Some producers could pick up on that just make them say “WTF?? LMAO”. The track is like Adderall in the form of music. Expect to hear some upcoming tracks like this in the near future 😉
Anyone you’d like to thank today?
I like to thank my mother and father, who met in a club while my dad was DJing, for raising me with music throughout my entire life, and raising me to live up to my name. All the great friends I’ve made over the years inside and outside of the music scene, who influenced my sound and attitude. I would also like to thank my mentors, artists I’ve taught, and professors from the University of YouTube that helped me learn how to translate the sounds in my head out in the studio and into your ears. This journey is still in its early stages. I’m stoked for all of you to be a part of it. Be kind, and stay kind 😉
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