WORDS: Lauren DeGaine
International artist K+Lab is one part Kiwi, one part Aussie, and soon-to-be one part Canadian. This eclecticism shines through in his music production and his collaborations with artists across the globe. Fresh off the international YUM YUM Tour, we sat down with K+Lab (Caleb Cowie) to chat about his plans for the upcoming year.
The upcoming summer is jam-packed with North American tour dates for Caleb! We here in Canada are particularly looking forward to seeing him at some of our favorite summer festivals like Shambhala, Motion Notion, Astral Harvest and Tall Tree.
Caleb’s first tour in Canada was in 2013, and he cites that experience — playing festivals such as MoNo and Sham — as being a huge stepping stone in his career.
Since then, Caleb has continuously built credentials in North America, working with some of our favorite producers on the continent, including Stickybuds, Slynk, and The Funk Hunters.
“The Funk Hunters have always been supporters of my music, and they helped get my music into Canada,” says Caleb. He enjoys working with artists in the Canadian music scene. “They’re so friendly! There’s no real egos in the scene, everyone’s just friends.”
Caleb says he’s familiar with the vibe of a tight-knit community because of his work in the New Zealand music scene. This is how he met 5-piece drum-and-bass band Shapeshifter, whom he opened for on a few of the Yum Yum Tour dates.
“New Zealand’s so small that everyone needs to lift each other up to make some noise. I find in NZ I can collaborate with people in heaps of different genres.”
That kind of collaboration is what keeps artists like K+Lab at the top gf their game. Case in point is his track with Stickybuds, “Clap Ya Hands Now,” which hit #1 on Beatport Glitchhop charts multiple times.
This year will also see K+Lab branching out into the US market, which he says has been a dream of his for a long time! We think he’ll be a smashing hit, and the fact that his first ever set in the US will be at the epic Oregon Eclipse Festival foreshadows great things on the stateside horizon.
Caleb hinted at more US shows while he’s in town, after which he’ll be setting his sights on Europe. We should also expect more tasty collaborations with the likes of The Funk Hunters and Defunk coming at us soon, so be ready for more funk-infused glitch-hopped yumminess!