The Kite String Tangle talks Hottest 100, album plans

The Kite String Tangle hopes to release an EP in the next few months – and given the chance, he’ll make a full-length album this year as well.

Speaking to FL ahead of next week’s run of shows, the Brisbane producer – aka Danny Harley – said he hopes to have the EP out in April. “It just depends what happens with the label,” he says from his Brisbane home. “It’s in a similar vein to what you’ve heard so far. Just experimenting and expanding that sound. I’m just trying to hone in on that sound myself, and making an EP in the process.”

And if all goes to plan, we may see a debut full-length in late-2014 as well. “I’ve never made an album before – it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Hopefully in the next year or so it’d be my time.”

Harley, 24, is part of a new breed of Australian producer – from Chet Faker to Safia and Fractures – marrying emotive vocals with down-tempo beats. “We’re all on a similar page,” he says. “This whole Australian sound phenomenon, with all these electronic producers, is having an influence on more conventional songwriting. People like Safia, Chet Faker and myself are [writing] conventional songs, but with a heavy production influence from the electronic world.”

“Anybody can be a tastemaker right now”

But does the genre have legs? “It’s hard to make a guess of what the next thing will be. You just have to make whatever you like, and hope that people like it,” he explains. “It’s an exciting time, especially here in Australia. You have Future Classic pumping out all this cool electronic music. Anybody can be a tastemaker right now.”

Harley – who also plays in high energy Brisbane five-piece Pigeon – is best known for his 2013 single ‘Given The Chance’, which slow-burned its way to a top 20 placing in last month’s Hottest 100. But as the count got down to the business end, Harley thought his chances were slim. “I knew it was a possibility, but I didn’t know where. I was there from the very start of the day, counting down from 100, playing ‘me’ or ‘not me’. When it got to the tail-end, around 30 or 40, I thought ‘No, I don’t think I’m going to be in here’. When it came in I was at a party and everyone went mental. It was surreal. A life goal tick for me.”

‘Given The Chance’ has amassed more than 750,000 Soundcloud plays since its release in August. The track started off as an experiment with samples, and was pieced together over several weeks. “I knew it was evocative when I first wrote it, but I completely lost that by the time I released it. I couldn’t relate to it anymore. It sounds weird, but that’s the process I went through.”

The February tour will be The Kite String Tangle’s last run of local dates before he heads to the US for South By Southwest. Flume may have his Infinity Prism, but Harley is bringing his own light show on the road. He created it with his housemate following a “few strange trips to Bunning’s and weird experiments freaking out the neighbours”.

“From the last tour we’ve taken a massive step up,” he explains. “I have new gear that kinda looks like a spaceship. We’re travelling with a light show that’s made up of a whole bunch of light bulbs at different heights and depths. It looks like a Nikola Tesla experiment. I’m excited for people to see it.”

The Kite String Tangle tour dates:

Wednesday, February 12 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Thursday, February 13 – Transit Bar, Canberra

Friday, February 14 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, February 15 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)

Monday, February 17 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Wednesday, February 19 – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle

Thursday, February 20 – Flyrite, Perth

Friday, February 21 – Arcade Lane, Adelaide

Saturday, February 22 – The Zoo, Brisbane

Sunday, February 23 – The Zoo, Brisbane