Interview: The Kite String Tangle
Dani Maynard | On 14, Nov 2013
Brisbane-based singer, songwriter, Pigeon lead singer, solo producer, and overall cool guy Danny Harley is quite the multi-tasker, and is taking the Australian music scene by storm.
When he’s not performing with his successful electro-dance-pop band Pigeon, he’s making a name for himself with his experimental solo project The Kite String Tangle.
He’s performed at notable gigs such as Splendour in the Grass, Red Deer Festival, Peats Ridge festival and Parklife, so you know he’s the real deal.
Danny has just kicked off the eagerly anticipatedÂ Given the ChanceÂ tour with a sold out show at Black Bear Lodge, so we thought what better time to get the low-down from the man behind TKST.
CD: How did The Kite String Tangle come about?
Danny: The Kite String Tangle has been something I’ve been doing for over 5 years or so but I’ve only recently given it a name and started music online etc. It basically started when I got in to music production and finding out how much stuff you can do with any sound.
CD: How long had you been working on your solo project before releasing Given the Chance?
Danny: The project had probably been around for about a year before ‘Given The Chance’ was released. My first release ‘Commotion’ was about a year ago and that was sort of the first time I ever put anything out there as TKST.
CD: What or who has influenced TKST?
Danny:Â Musically, I’m influenced by a lot of different genres and artists. Some names I could throw out there would be Jonsi and Alex, SBTRKT, James Blake, Active Child and Bonobo. Lyrically and thematically I’m pretty much influenced by the things and people around me and the experiences of myself and others around me.
CD: TKST is fairly different to your other band Pigeon, how would you describe your sound as a solo artist?
Danny:Â I’ve not really found a description that makes people instantly know what my music sounds like but the closest I’ve come is down-tempo alternative electronic? I don’t know, I’m open to suggestions. It’s a work in progress.
CD: How do you write your songs? Music or lyrics first?
Danny: Generally always music first. I’m much more comfortable writing music than I am writing lyrics or melodies. That’s probably because I started playing guitar and various instruments when I was around 12 but singing was something I’ve never really been very confident with.
CD: Was there a moment when you realised that TKST was kind of a big deal?
Danny:Â Haha. Not really. I was very ecstatic when it was getting a lot of blog love and unthinkable amounts of plays on my soundcloud. I remember one time it had 50,000 plays in one day and I was just like, “What the hell is going on?”
CD: How did you feel the first time you heard Given the Chance playing on Triple J?
Danny:Â It always feels great to hear your own music on radio, if you’re around people you sort of act a bit like “oh, here we go, how embarrassing,” but secretly everybody loves it, I swear. The novelty is far from having worn off for me.
CD: What/where has your favourite gig been so far?
Danny:Â That would have to be a toss up between MS MR at The Metro in Sydney and Red Deer Festival in Samford. Both of them were massive crowds and just totally surreal. The one in Sydney, I even had my own dressing room with one of those mirrors with the light bulbs around it. Life goal tick.
CD: What can we expect from one of your shows?
Danny:Â It’ll be me playing various samplers and keyboards whilst crooning away.
CD: If youÂ weren’tÂ making music, what would you be doing?
Danny: I literally have no idea. I’ve never really entertained the option. Maybe music teaching or something? Or something random like ice-cream tasting.
CD: Whatâ€™s your advice for aspiring artists wanting to make and produce music?
Danny:Â Do it often. Network. Be in it 100 percent. Make goals and make smaller steps that will lead you to those major goals and get cracking. There really isn’t a set way to do anything in the current music climate so I think being innovative with your music and your releases holds a lot of value right now.