I got an awesome opportunity to interview Koven, one of the most unique and exciting bass music duos who have emerged in recent times. Koven is the production alias for producer Max Rowat and DJ / Vocalist Katie ‘Koven’ Boyle. They are pioneers when it comes to producing cinematic bass music and their music has gained millions of online streams. Learn more about Koven from the interview below.
Hi Koven! How are you doing?
Absolutely fabulous thank you, hope you are also!
Tell us how it all began, how did you get into producing/songwriting?
So me and Max both have very different backgrounds, he’s been producing for many years, way before we started working together and I’d been singing and songwriting way before meeting him. But I guess it got to a point where our paths crossed slightly, about 6 and a half years ago and Max approached me (online) about us working together.
How did you meet each other?
Because Max was already ‘”Koven” by himself before we met I’d say I was a fan initially but I was also working with other drum and bass and dubstep producers so we were in the same field. We bumped into each other a few times on a couple of dance floors and knew each other thanks to the power of facebook, but we didn’t really get to know each other properly until we started making music together.
For those who aren’t familiar with your music, could you describe your personal sound?
One of the best things about me and Max is we have a really similar taste in music, we like things to be full of emotion but not necessarily sad. We love combining strings with heavy bass music, to the point sometimes where I’m like “more strings Max” and he’s like no we have enough strings now! So I guess to summarize our music, I would say bass music meets classical.
Your debut album called “Butterfly Effect” is coming out very soon. Could you share the creative process behind the scenes? And what is your favorite song from the album?
We have two main ways of working and I’d say it’s about 50/50 on how the songs are created from both these ways. One way is Max gets creative by himself, comes up with a demo instrumental which he either sends to me to write to or I go to his studio and we write together. The other way is I come up with a terrible demo on the piano and send it to him and he somehow makes it good.
We both absolutely love the track “Missing” on the album, I think it’s just a really special and beautiful song, but also for me lyrically “Stars” is a very special one, probably my most honest writing.
What was the best and most challenging track from the album you made?
“Followers” – it was just that annoying track that we couldn’t seem to finish for ages and had about 100 versions of before the final one!
If you could choose one artist to work with, who would it be and why?
Odesza – We just love their sound so much, I often listen to their tracks when I’m far away from home feeling a little pensive.
What has been your most embarrassing moment to date related to music?
I think anything luke a technical fault on stage feels like the most embarrassing thing in the world but in reality the crowd understands and no one is embarrassed they just feel bad for you. But we had a terrible issue with our laptop about 5 years ago at Exit festival, main stage, when we used to have a live setup and we needed the laptop for it to all work and it just wouldn’t turn on. Feels like the most mortifying thing in the world when you have 5,000 people staring at you.
We are nearing the end of our interview but I would like to give you the chance to share something with your fans & new listeners. What do you have coming up for the rest of 2020?
We are in this phase of feeling incredibly lucky. Everything seems to be falling into place for us at the moment and in all honestly it’s taken absolutely years and we were beginning to doubt if we were doing the right thing. So what I’d say we have coming up for 2020 is the best year of our lives and we can’t wait to share it with so many people all over the world.
What kind of expectations do you have about the upcoming gig at Liquicity Estonia?
The response to this show announcement was mad! We’ve never played Estonia before but we get a feeling it’s going to be a good one!
Ps. Come to Finland ❤ – ok let us know when 😉