For those who’ve not yet had the pleasure, Londoners White Kite unveiled themselves a fortnight ago with one of the most impressive debut singles we’ve wrapped our ears around in quite some time. In the vein of Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala, the act is spearheaded by creative force Louis Shadwick, who we caught up with to discuss the story so far.
Debut single ‘Swans’ is a brilliant first outing. How did the song come about?
Thanks! It came about from making little loops on synthesisers. I started to add vocals over the top and it all came together very quickly from there.
How did you guys get together?
Me, Tom and Will knew each other from school. We met Andrew in the queue for Madame Tussauds early last year. We overheard him talking loudly about drumming.
What inspired your name?
It just came into my head one day and I liked the simplicity of it. We all felt that it suited the music and could be taken in lots of different directions.
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
Flying Lotus and Boards of Canada are up there. The new Bon Iver record had a big impact on me and the most recent Tame Impala album is one we keep coming back to. I’ve personally been listening to Rhye a lot. I love his vocal and how he uses space in his songwriting.
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
Zola Blood. We supported them at their album launch show last week. They’re basically a cooler version of us.
And finally, what does 2017 hold for White Kite?
‘Swans’ is coming out on vinyl soon, with a launch party on 10th March at Birthdays in London. We’ll be playing a few shows around the country to support that and in spring we’ll be playing some festivals and putting out some new music. It should be an exciting year.