Since forming in 2012, Leftwing & Kody have become one of the biggest names in the underground dance music scene.
It only took the pair just over a year to be titled as an act to look out for by DJ Mag and Mixmag which meant they were on to something special, with DJ Mag even nominating them for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in their Best of British Awards. Since then the duo have gone on to present a monthly Rinse FM show, earn residencies at Fabric (London) and Sankeys (Ibiza), as well as releases on Hot Creations, VIVa, Knee Deep In Sound, Suara, MadTech, as well as their own renowned imprint Lost Records.
We catch up with Chris Adie, One half of Leftwing and Kody ahead of their performance in Opium Rooms this Saturday.
Lost Records has been at the forefront of house music for some time now. Did you imagine the label to blow up as much as it has?
Honestly we didn’t know what to expect when we started. We just wanted to put out decent music by people that supported us and whose music we liked and respected. We didn’t think it would escalate as quickly as it has but we are really proud of how the label is doing and also honoured that all the artists we have on there have wanted to be involved in the label.
The label has some heavy hitting names on the roster such as Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto and Josh Butler, along with a numerous amount emerging talent such as PAWSA, Raffa FL and Montel. Would you say the future is bright for not only the label but also the scene?
There’s always a future for the scene it’s never once gone away since it started which shows how strong it is. Sure it may become mainstream every few years which means it gets really popular for a while (and there’s nothing wrong with that as it brings in fresh ears) but that in turn makes it a stronger scene so the future will always be bright As far as the label goes we hope it continues the way it has. We do spend a lot of time on it, have full control over
A&R/artwork/promo completely hands on and we seem to be getting the benefit of giving it that attention so as long as we keep up that work rate and we keep getting sent amazing music the future will always be bright.
How do you both find time to run such a major label along with a hectic touring schedule and keeping on top of your own releases?
I think we are lucky that there are two of us. As I said earlier we are completely hands on with the label so it does take a lot of our time but as we both have input and control the workload is halved and that makes the big difference.
Track selection is a major factor in DJing along with reading a crowd. In the position both of you are in with new music being fired at you from all angles, What is it that stands out for you while digging for brand new music and hidden gems?
That’s a difficult one. Over the years we have become more confident in picking out what we think works. There’s definitely a gut instinct thing as well. For example Latmun’s current track ‘Cosmic’ that is out at the moment on our label Lost is one we both instantly knew we were on to something with. Normally we like to test tracks but there was something that instinctively told us to go for it so that plays a massive part.
You have releases on nearly every big label in the scene including Hot Creations, Suara and Mobilee, each with their own unique sound to suit the label being released on. How do you prepare a track for certain labels?
Naturally we are fans of all the labels we release on we try and tailor our tracks to fit the labels sound but by also adding a Leftwing & Kody twist to it.
Can you tell me what’s the next big steps for Leftwing & Kody. In terms of either releases, residencies and work with the label?
Next for us we have EPs on Kaluki, Mobilee and Viva and also a remix on El Row. A lot of dates in Ibiza this summer for Viva Warriors, Abode and Solid Grooves as well as some festivals out in Europe and also an Australia Tour at the end of September. We are also busy developing a live show at the moment so we hope to get that going and performing live in clubs by the end of the summer.