ORBIT Artist Spotlight: Who Are Ya?! Kayoh
Spotlight by: Sam Wolloch
Next to take ORBIT is the Baltimore based artist Kyle O’Shea, who produces and performs as Kayoh (get it, K.O.?), in this next installment of Who Are Ya?!
Kayoh boasts a wide range of songs and styles over an extensive library of released tracks. Moon Landing caught up with the artist last fall and Kayoh graciously handed over all the key details, with a few new updates for 2020. His most recent project is a new mix series with fresh edits and IDs called The Kave - check out the first volume here.
Kayoh has actually been making music for eight years and began by playing guitar and bass. He recalls how he started producing, “I was taking a piano class in high school and was messing with the drum kit and track on track recording. I would lay down a drum beat and then add melodies and bass lines on top of them and kind of became addicted to it.”
As a musician, he admits to starting with his love of hip hop tracks, but Kayoh now dabbles across many different genres of electronic dance music, ranging from house and mid-tempo, to dubstep and trap. Just check out the variety of his library.
His most recent release "REKT" is a collaboration with LSDREAM packed with pulsating bass and wonky wubs. Other standout songs include a trap track he made for World of Dance, "Here We Go Again," and on the other end of the spectrum, Kayoh's guitar roots come out for a touching tribute track "Northwind."
Kayoh credits SoundCloud for some of his creativity, as he is constantly searching for exciting new music ideas. He also admires those artists willing to take chances outside of the norm, identifying Cashmere Cat, Mr. Carmack, Cristoph, and Eric Prydz as his favorite producers. And while we’re talking about other artists, check out some of the big name remixes Kayoh has posted: Deadmau5's "Strobe" and Nero's "Satisfy."
Looks like Kayoh is well on his way to accomplishing his next goal, releasing an EP on one of his favorite labels like Deadbeats, Wakaan, or Gud Vibrations. For now though, Kayoh is focused on making more memories for himself and the party people, “...just playing for crowds and getting positive reactions when you drop your own music that you worked hard on. Nothing can beat that!”
We look forward to Kayoh blessing the DJ decks for the ORBIT Virtual Experience benefiting Feeding America this Friday May 8. Follow Kayoh on Twitter @KayohOfficial; on Instagram @kayohofficial; and on Facebook @kayohofficial. Listen to his music on Spotify and SoundCloud.