Mount Kimbie

Post-dubstep is returning to Australia as UK act Mount Kimbie get ready for a whistle stop tour down under.

The London based duo will be hitting our shores in early May as part of their international tour but this time they have a few new tricks up their sleeves.

It has been a year since Mount Kimble – aka Dominic Maker and Kai Campos – graced Australian venues and they have since been working on a follow up album to their 2010 critically acclaimed debut, Crooks and Lovers, which means new material and a new show.

Dom, 25, spoke to The Dwarf from grey London about their music, the upcoming tour and typically, about getting a break from the miserable British weather.

"We're really looking forward to going to Australia again and get the warm weather," he said. "It's such a different country and we were really blown away last time so it will be nice to be back. It will also give us the opportunity to play some new material and test out a few things."

Travel has become a perk of the job for the boys, particularly since the release of their first album and being lauded by publications such as NME and Mixmag for their lighter, electronic style of dubstep. The recognition has led to multiple festival performances including the famous SXSW and Coachella festivals in the States.

"There have been so many opportunities and chances and we've been doing things we would never really be doing if we hadn't got involved in music," Dom said. "We're slowly getting better at touring but this time around I'm going to appreciate where we are, I'm going to take a camera and capture the moment. Last time was so busy with commitments and schedules that we couldn't really focus on being there and seeing the sights."

They have also adopted a new approach to their live shows since their last Australian appearance, partly as a result of their continued musical development and the challenge of bigger venues and larger audiences.

"We are approaching pre-existing songs differently and have introduced new elements," he said. " The tour will be a big test because we haven't played for such a long time and people will be listening out for new material. We're really keen to play to larger audiences and the venues are pretty big which is exciting and daunting but I've got a really good feeling about them."

Dom and Kai formed Mount Kimbie in 2008 when they met at Southbank University in London. Kai was already an amateur music producer and introduced Dom to the art of making music. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Kai was already producing when we met in halls and became friends," he said. "Initially, I was going to work with Kai by doing some vocals but as time progressed I got interested in production, then out of the blue we started putting material out there. We were lucky to get in with the right people at the right time."

Mount Kimbie have been deemed responsible for the term post-dubstep, an alternative to bass-heavy dubstep, infused with hip hop and UK garage. Dom describes it as a "blanket term" for mixing genres which has become their signature sound.

"For us, the important part would be introducing more indie aspects and organic sounds into a genre that can be cold and mechanical at first," he said. "It's one of the many personal influences we have had and it has been so interesting. Having post-dubstep in the title attracted people's attention but I guess it can be confusing for some people because the term dubstep has changed so much in the past ten years."

Mount Kimbie have come a long way since the early days of home recording and the daunting task of making an album.

"We were happy with the release of Crooks and Lovers because it was a difficult project," Dom said. "We were really daunted by the idea of making an album because the work we had done before was unorganised but with the album we were conscious there had to be a plan. It had to be an album form in terms of length, direction and there had to be some kind of message which was not how we had operated before but it came together really well and it was an interesting, learning experience. I feel we are now better equipped to deal with the new album."

"At the moment we're writing and it has been interesting getting back in the studio. We've got some really exciting new material and we're pleased that it is all coming together. It's still a work in progress but we're hoping for it to be out next year."
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