Kid Smpl is the current alias of 22-year-old Seattle producer Joey Butler. A veteran of stage and studio, Butler has been busy developing a style of atmospheric bass music that continues to deepen with each release. His signature sound incorporates lush synths, meditative low-end, muffled vocals samples, and warm textural field recordings, punctuated by drums that straddle every end of the tempo spectrum. The sounds are spread across a canvas made wide with breathing room. Briefly put, it evokes the introspection of a far-flung space colony’s forest terrarium, late into the evening, alone or with close company.
Dazed Digital asks Kid Smpl some questions, shares which R&B singers are his dream collaborators.
Transparent Cities digs into Kid Smpl's influences and feelings on the "night bus" sound. Gets him to namecheck N*Sync.
Kid Smpl answers 10 questions for Everything Is Chemical on a plane.
Electronic Beats gets Kid Smpl to shed light on his music-making process. Ends up coming up with a quasi-haiku on homies, beats, and night bus.
Disco Droppings checks in with Kid Smpl about his new EP for Hush Hush and his recent induction to the Red Bull Music Academy.