Kayzo teamed up with whales and Shiah Maisel to bring his latest tune “Replay” to life, and he gave us some added insight into its creation.
Since first emerging on the scene, one thing that has truly defined Kayzo is his ability to never confine himself to one specific sound or style. Whether he’s championing the sound of bass music or injecting a dose of harder beats into his sets, there’s something special about his genre-bending abilities that few other artists seem to be able to accomplish so successfully.
While Kayzo has kept his fans occupied over the past year by taking the stage during drive-in shows, live streams, and festivals now that those have returned, he’s also been hard at work in the studio. This year alone has seen him dominate speakers with tracks like “Poison” with Paris Shadows and “DOMINATION” with Sullivan King and Papa Roach, which only further proves his prowess of reaching into new depths of production. More recently, he delivered “REPLAY” with Whales and Shiah Maisel, which dropped just in time for his set at HARD Summer this past weekend.
Out now on his label, Welcome Records, “REPLAY” brings a blend of pop-punk and upbeat sounds and marries it with emotional lyrics as the cherry on top. Talking about he brought the track to life, Kayzo told us that he had been going back and forth on Twitter with Whales during the pandemic. “He had sent me the first drop of replay with the vocal and immediately it felt like the perfect middle ground of what I grew up with pop-punk and rock and what I love with bass music,” he said, before mentioning how soon after he got the rock parts down and the second drop by layering his drums over the bass and lead guitar.
Looking to pick his brain further, we dove into the mind of this creative and asked about the new era of Kayzo and how he continues to push his own boundaries. Stating that he “always tried to treat Kayzo as sort of an app in beta mode,” he explained that he’s constantly upgrading himself creatively. “I’m always trying to improve my songwriting from a melodic standpoint,” he said. “For me now it’s about finding ways to introduce more instruments and different types of patterns, breakdowns, etc to my music.”
As for the downtime over the past year and his thoughts on returning to the stage once again, he echoed the thoughts of many others in the scene who found that it was a great way to reset his life both mentally and physically. “I was able to finally live a bit more normally and get on a real schedule. I found time to really dive into music on an even deeper level and learn to enjoy my time in the moment,” he said. “I think for me now more than ever it’s about being physically ready to tour. Being smart on the road with food and staying hydrated. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been to tackle touring.”
With plenty more appearances in store for the coming months, like a b2b with Knife Party at EDC Las Vegas, we can’t wait to see what else Kayzo has in store for his fans. Listen to “REPLAY” below or on your preferred platform, and stay tuned for more!