You’re a collective. How did you meet and start working together?
This all started from Akira and Leo playing each other their own beats on Carnaby Street, which led to the two of them swapping instrumentals and samples. Akira came down to Leo’s in St Albans (aka Woodgrain Cottage), they chopped one sample, made one track and Woodgrain was born from that. Dennis and Akira used to hang at the same studio and came on board. Naturally we got in a room together and yeah, here we are.
Talk us through each of your roles. Who does what?
It’s very natural, we work off ideas; in terms of our output it could be from any one of us. But on the technical side of things, Akira is the most prominent producer with Leo on a lot of co-production and the DJing front while Dennis handles the design element. But really between us we do it all.
What is the process involved in making new tracks. Where do you find stuff to sample? Where do you create music?
Well firstly, every track is a tangent of some sort, and we try and take each tangent as far or as little as possible. With regards to samples, it’s really random, I guess like all producers it only takes a few sounds to get you thinking about how to sample, Leo has that knack for finding the craziest stuff. We enjoy the whole process of finding samples, when you hear certain things you just know its gonna result in something ridiculous.
Do you collaborate with any other musicians? What draws you to working with someone?
Yeah, to date we’ve mainly worked with close friends or people we’ve been introduced to. On KimLouie you’ll hear SNDTRKK, Knytro and Gino amongst others. We bounce off people’s energy mainly. If it’s good energy between us and we sense the same love for what we are trying to create, then we’re always down to work with someone.
Which musicians/producers do you think are really pushing boundaries and mixing things up at the moment? Who would be your dream collaboration?
Right now it seems as if the boundaries are becoming less noticeable. Most electronic music doesn’t fit into a genre. People like Kendrick, Flylo and Thundercat are definitely game changers. Our dream collaboration would be a Mike Jones album produced by us with Barrington Levy on every intro and hook and Camron on the ad-libs.