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Kman (Kyle McMahon) is a 22 year old UK Hardcore producer from New Hampshire, of the United States. The first song I heard of his was a remix he did on a song called "When Will You Come Home" (you can listen below) and I instantly fell in love with his sound.
From there I went to his Soundcloud page and listened to everything on there at once. I was amazed at his talent for producing UK Hardcore, and needed to know more about this guy. I asked him a few questions in a small interview and he happily obliged. The interview is at the bottom.
I'm going to post a few of my favorite songs from Kman below, starting with the one I mentioned above.
When Will You Come Home (Kman Remix). He did a wonderful remix of this song, it's by far my favorite version. It was first a techno song by DJ Avalon he remixed to have a UK Hardcore feel.
River Flows In You. This was a classical piano instrumental song originally by Yiruma and there have been many remixes of it so far, I think this is one of the best. It was also one of his first remixes.
Sky by Kman. This is an interesting song for sure, mixing elements of both Drum and Bass and UK Hardcore. It has a really nice melody with a beautiful backing piano.
Hopeless Place. This song is amazing. It has a very upbeat and melodic tune to it. This is actually the song that made me decide to feature him on my site. It was originally by the pop/dance artist Rihanna.
Well, in my opinion, he is one of the most talented UK Hardcore producers out there. I've listened to countless hours of this genre of music, and his, to me, has the sound of a guy who really enjoys what he does. It shows passion, which is one of the most important things in the production of good music.
Here is the interview:
Q: Who or what influenced you to start making music?
A: Music in general made me start producing. Just by listening to music, it made me want to learn and create my own tracks.
Q: When did you start making music?
A: I started producing about roughly 3 years ago on and off.
Q: Why did you choose to make mostly UK Hardcore rather than any other genre? What makes it special for you?
A: I always liked techno music and stumbled upon a UK Hardcore mix. I never heard anything like it, and I've been hooked ever since! The faster tempo and uplifting melodies really made it special for me, as well as the catchy vocals in some songs.
Q: What equipment or programs do you use to produce your music?
A: I use FL Studio 11 to produce. I also use a really bad midi piano occasionally, but you really don't need much to make great music. You just need a computer these days.
Q: What is the best thing about being a music producer?
A: The best thing about being a music producer is definitely the response from the fans. Seeing such positive feedback from people always makes me feel great! I've also met some awesome people through producing as well!
General Hardcore - Back to the overview of hardcore.
4-Beat - Yes, it has four beats to the bar, along with other specifics.
Bouncy Techno - Deriving from gabber, while dawing influences from techno as well.
Breakbeat Hardcore - Hardcore breakbeats, influenced by techno and house music.
Darkcore - You won't be finding any happiness here.
Digital Hardcore - Fast, aggressive and full of attitude, these guys mean business.
Gabber - Be a Gabber for life and the Gabbers will welcome you with open beats.
Happy Hardcore - You won't be finding any darkness here.
Speedcore - It's fast, aggressive and angry. Perfectly fits into the hardcore puzzle.
UK Hardcore - Can you guess where this music comes from?
You are at Kman.