Deep introspection with Kamadev

KAMADEV is a music producer and DJ from sunny Miami. And no doubt, he has a unique ability to combine the best of different genres. His productions shine with emotions, groove and vibe.

After drawing attention to upcoming and well-known labels with a few key releases, he recently released a thrilling remix for Tim Engelhardt. We talked with the studio wizard about music, the Corona pandemic and life.

Tell us a brief potted history of Kamadev, and tell us one thing about your sound that you think makes you stand out?

KAMADEV is a project I started a few years back that didn’t come into full light until 2019. I’ve been part of the music industry for 18 years and wanted to create a new moniker to express myself.

I’d say the one thing that stands out about my music is that it’s a mixture of club play and introspection. I enjoy producing tracks that carries an energy that will move the dancefloor, but also connect to the listener in a unique way. I enjoy incorporating vocals that listeners can resonate with.

How much have your routines in life and your work as a DJ been changed by Corona? How do you deal with the situation?

To be honest, I’ve been very fortunate during this pandemic. Although it did affect playing gigs as KAMADEV since most venues were closed, I was still able to play local gigs as my other alias in approved venue environments.

In which mood can you produce best?

This is a bit tricky. It all depends on the energies I’m feeling on that given day. Usually some of my best tracks come from emotional days. I incorporate my life experiences through music.

What do you do when you get stuck on a track production in the studio? Where do you get new inspiration and energy to continue?

I try not to get stuck on a track, if I’m not feeling it that day, I let it be, and start working on another track. This dynamic allows me to work on a lot of music for the upcoming months.

My inspiration comes from the world around me. South Florida is a huge melting pot of cultures and sounds. My energy comes from my drive to share my music with the world.

Which tool in the studio is your most loyal companion and what do you appreciate most about it?

TC Electronics – Clarity M Stereo Audio Meter. This is a must in all studios to get a dedicated audio meter, loudness, and stereo imaging at all times.

Some time ago you delivered a remix for Tim Engelhardt, which is constantly sticking in our ears.  How did you start the production?

As all of my productions, it starts with my headspace at that moment. That particular day it was raining outside, and I was reminiscing about my teen years listening to breaks. 

I wanted to stay at close to the original elements of the track but add a bit of this broken beat/breaks feel to it, rather than a 4/4. The track is a journey from start to finish. I didn’t want to get overly technical with the track.

And outside of electronic music, what do you listen to? Do you also take inspiration from other genres?

Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to a lot of 70s, 80s, and 90s music. To understand music, one must be open to all styles to draw in inspiration.

Where do you feel like the line is drawn between house, techno und melodic house & techno? And does that even matter?

I don’t think it matters, as long as the music is good. When music was first created, I’m sure the creator didn’t put a label to it. We tend to put labels on things to give it an identity, it’s easier to group and identify it. In the end, music is universal. One’s person house track can be considered tech house to another, and this can go on and on with other genres.

Which track will you play at the first big rave after Corona?

There are so many of my new tracks I’m waiting to test on a proper system. To name just one is difficult, but I am definitely looking to testing my“Jooga” track coming out on Matchy’s Beyond Now label.

Finally, what can we expect from you in the next months in 2020? And what are you working towards for the year 2021?

There are many releases scheduled for the remainder of 2020 and scheduled for 2021. I have tracks coming out on Manual Music, Beyond Now, Iconyc Noir, Krafted Underground, SOMATIC, and ColdHarbour Recordings.

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