20 year old Scottish producer Unicorn Kid is a poster boy for the ADHD generation. He tweets like a cyborg, looks like a Japanese Manga character and has an Emoji smile to match. The high speed soundtrack on his Fall 2011 Tidal Rave – EP dunked the heads of his cult following into an ocean of happiness , mystery and unity. Our heads are now out of the water but into space with his debut single/video “Pure Space”.
Yes, the news is true: EDM can finally get you high with the simple task of being on public transit closing your eyes shut with Beats By Dre on your ears blasting the intense audio drug: Unicorn Kid .
This isn’t Seapunk or Spacegoth.. it is ★ BRAIN WASH GEN Z MUZIK ★
We were able to track the dude down from his busy Mars travelling schedule to chat about a possible bootleg Drake remix EP, Why Euro bubble gum is due for a comeback and ummmm, cysts?
Download Unicorn Kid’s latest single “Pure Space” on ITUNES !!
Read the Exclusive Unicorn Kid Interview after the jump!!
Mad Decent: Hi Oliver, How was the tour with Major Lazer last week? Any fun memories?
Unicorn Kid: Hello, yeah the tour was really cool and a different audience from what I’m used to. The first night of the tour my sound card broke about a minute into the set, then cut out twice more almost straight after and I ended up walking off stage, that wasn’t a fun memory though, just a sad one. When I met Diplo all I talked about was the armpit cyst I had a couple months ago then I had to go, which I still feel weird about.
Mad Decent: Did you wear a Diplo suit every night?
Unicorn Kid: No I’ve never worn a suit before, I don’t really like dressing fancy, I don’t think I can pull a suit off. I spend most of my time indoors writing music so I don’t really have a reason to own one, however Diplo wore a suit on stage every night, he’s a business man though so it works for him.
Mad Decent: Your “I’m On One” Drake remix under the ego name Stadium takes rap to the wavy world of trance, is there any other popular rap songs that may be receiving the “Stadium” treatment in the future?
Unicorn Kid: I want to do a whole Drake remix EP like that one, but I can’t get hold of any good acapellas, if somebody can hook me up with Drake acapellas then they should tweet me. I feel like the Stadium trance treatment only really works with Drake, he’s so sad in all his songs so naturally it comes out really beautiful and melancholy when you put some pretty chords underneath it. I hoped Drake would hear that mix and ask me to do stuff for him but I don’t think he has.
Mad Decent: Would you ever play a Show as Stadium or put out an EP under that name, Is he your “ego” ? “Unicorn Kid x Stadium”.
Unicorn Kid: I guess the name ‘Stadium’ is what I’m going to go under when I do records and production that don’t really fit within the Unicorn Kid sound, I’m working on an EP to release after my album that’ll be 100% Stadium material. It’s gonna be like slowed down, really emotional cry-your-eyes-out trance music with a lot of piano and acoustic guitar bends. I’m trying to write a song that automatically makes the listener cry when they hear it, imagine playing that in a club.
Mad Decent: The intense hyper sounds on your Tidal Rave- EP and latest single “Pure Space” can make you feel like you are travelling to a different planet, when your making a beat do you think of pushing the dream of helping your listeners “take a break from reality” or “zone out” ?
Unicorn Kid: I think especially with the instrumental stuff I need to have some kind of visual idea or zone built up in my head when I’m writing, if you can really figure out the imagery and emotions you want to communicate in the early stages of writing I think naturally the song just ends up doing that for you, it feels really good when you see someone comment on a track and you know that they totally feel what you were going for.
Mad Decent: Your debut album drops on 3beat record this Summer, was there any particular song that you were really proud of when you played it back for the first time?
Unicorn Kid: I think I’ve been obsessed with every track on the album at one point or another, there’s nothing I don’t like on there, anything that didn’t listen back to and feel excited about ended up getting scrapping. I’ve been writing stuff for it for about two years so I’m a bit tired of most of them by now, I think when people hear it back for the first time they will be really excited though. If I had to pick one it’d be “Brain Wash”, the first track on the album which I just finished a couple days ago.
Mad Decent: Does instrumental electronic music without lyrics have more emotion then IDM with lyrics? Is there a reason why some tracks are finalized vocal- less?
Unicorn Kid: Honestly I think it depends on the track, vocals can really enhance the right kind of song, and sometimes it’s better without. When there’s no vocal on a track it’s just because I feel like it’d sound weird or unnecessary to have them on there.
Mad Decent: Do you prefer natural adrenaline over stimulants?
Unicorn Kid: I dunno really, I think both can be good.
Mad Decent: ”Just Don’t Open Your Yet” is one of my favourite tracks on the record, did you have fun recreating the original Polarsets track?
Unicorn Kid: Yeah, I was talking to Rob from the band and he told me they’d decided to scrap that song, I always liked it so I asked him for the acapella and rewrote the track around it, it’s one of my favourites on the record too.
Mad Decent: Generation Ecstasy has been resurrected through these past 3 years, did classic rave culture influence the design of your latest merchandise?
Unicorn Kid: I like a lot of the imagery that’s synonymous with ’90s rave culture, there’s a cool pseudo-spiritual vibe about it all, stuff like yin yangs, peace symbols, 3rd eyes and religious iconography, if you look at old rave flyers you can see it’s all nothing new, I adopted a lot of it when I did the artwork for the Tidal Rave EP. The new T shirts are chemistry beakers with different symbols on them, I kind of wanted them to look like something you’d get out of a head shop in 1998.
Mad Decent: Do the pills on the kids tongues in the “Pure Space” video symbolize anything specific or is it a drug pun?
Unicorn Kid: We really just wanted to get them stamped with some sort of custom logo so I used the planet and alien symbols from the CD art, no hidden meaning, it’s just supposed to be kids taking e.
Mad Decent: What was your first rave experience like?
Unicorn Kid: I’ve never really been to a ‘rave’ before, when I was 15 I used to go to events where people brought sound systems to forests and we got drunk and danced to drum and bass, but they were pretty sad, there wasn’t much cool stuff going on in Edinburgh when I was younger.
Mad Decent: If you could only listen to either one of these songs on road trip , which one would it be: Listen To Your Heart by DHT or Days Go By Dirty Vegas.
Unicorn Kid: I Would easily choose Days Go By, I love that song.
Mad Decent: In the near future, do you see yourself working as a producer/creative mind behind pop musicians in the future? If you could work with anyone in December 2012, who would it be?
(_____ Feat. Unicorn Kid)
Unicorn Kid: I’d love to find an unknown artist I could manufacture and build to success myself, essentially create a pop star from scratch and make a sound for them.
Mad Decent: Are you a fan of Aqua?
Unicorn Kid: Yeah, when I was a kid I used to love euro pop stuff like Aqua, Toybox and Lolly, I think we’re due for a novelty euro pop revival very very soon.
Mad Decent: Would you ever make Eurobubblegum dance tracks with Azealia Banks to help renovate 2012 pop?
Unicorn Kid: I don’t really think pop needs renovated, in fact I think pop music has never been better, I love like 90% of what’s on the radio right now. it’d be cool to do some production work after the album and contribute to that though. I know Azealia liked ‘Whip It’ by Nicki Minaj so if she’s down to make pop hits then so am I.
Mad Decent: If you were to collaborate with Tokyo Disney in 2015, what would the ride be called along with the music to match?
Unicorn Kid: I’d call it ‘Crystal Cave’ and it’d be an underground boat ride, kinda like the ‘it’s a small world’ one I rode in Disneyland paris once, the music would be a mix of trancey supersaws and bells.