A keen ear, a clear understanding and application of music theory, confidence, persistence, and the personal drive to push the boundaries with every studio session and live show is what makes a great producer/DJ. These qualities perfectly describe a musical powerhouse in the world of electronic music, a powerhouse like Kyle Watson.
Kyle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1988. Musically trained from a young age in classical piano and music theory, Kyle’s foundation has helped him clearly step ahead of the rest in this ‘Garage Band generation’ in which anyone has the opportunity to be a musician. Not afraid to step out of his comfort zone, his appreciation for each and every genre of music has given Kyle his unique and eclectic sound – a sound that one would be hard pressed to find anywhere else – and it is because of this that he has secured himself a spot as one of South Africa’s most successful internationally acclaimed dance music producers.
With big support coming from all directions, locally and internationally, Kyle’s music has skyrocketed to a whole new level. Some of the best and most successful producers in the world – top charters like Pleasurekraft, Chris Lake, Dave Spoon, Calvertron, and more – have been supporting Kyle’s music. It is because of this avid support that his music has been released on high profile record labels such as Rising Music, Pacha Digital, and Televizion. With these releases come big exposure – that’s why Kyle has featured on Beatport’s top 100 charts on various occasions, with his music peaking at 13 on the Electro Chart and, more recently, number 35 on the tech house chart with his successful single ‘I Don’t Mind’.
But the buck doesn’t stop there. Producing is one talent, playing to a venue full of eager clubbers is another. With constant evolution (and a recent move to a live digital setup) it’s no wonder that he has played most of the major clubs across South Africa, holding a regular guest spot at Truth, one of the longest running and most reputable clubs in the country. In 2009, Kyle took his music to the UK and guested at venues such as Ministry of Sound in London, Mission in Leeds, and many more across the country in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol and Halifax.
His sets are smooth and well balanced, and have evolved into a style of forward thinking house music that stems from the jacking side of house and techno to peak time tech-fuelled beats. For a musician that has clearly taken a brave step forward, there is still much ahead for this young star.
What the big guys in the industry are saying about Kyle Watson:
CHRIS LAKE (RISING MUSIC):
“Kyle Watson is making some of my favourite jacking house beats right now . He totally gets groove, and makes everything sound fresh. One to watch…”
DAVE SPOON (TELEVIZION):
“Kyle Watson is a true talent who I can’t wait to hear more from.”
JAMES AMATO (POTTYMOUTH MUSIC):
“Kyle Watson has quickly become one of my favorite producers, and his tracks a permanent fixture in my CD case.”
CHRIS S (SANTIAGO AND BUSHIDO):
“Kyle’s style brings a fresh, funky twist to an otherwise straight and hard hitting genre. Definitely an artist with his own unique style!”
“Kyle Watson reminds me why I love house music so much. Consistent, creative, and funky!”
“Ive been into mr. Watson’s stuff since the day I got into the scene, his bootleg of Superstyling instantly rocked the floors in Norway, with his trademarked funk & jackin basslines making him one of the real pioneers! I will stop at nothing to get his tunes, which to this date has yet to disappoint!”
TOM EQ (JACK UNION):
“K-Dub is my not so secret weapon in my arsenal of tunes, every track gets the dance floor bumpin no matter where i’m playing.”
CALVERTRON (JACKNIFE RACORDS):
“Kyle is a valued member of the Jack Knife crew, definitely on top of his game and a leader of the new wave of producers.”