ACADEMY EDITION: New York, 2013 // Profile
DECIBEL SHOWCASE: Hush Hush – 9/28 @ the Crocodile
Kid Smpl is the current alias of 23-year-old Seattle producer and 2013 Red Bull Music Academy alum, Joey Butler. Bolstered by the debut of his breakout full length album Skylight in late 2012, Kid Smpl has emerged as an attention demanding producer, impressing crowds with a standout showcase at the 2012 Decibel Festival and strong recent opening sets for Andy Stott, XXYYXX, and Bondax. 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.
Since releasing the Escape Pod EP in August 2012, the inaugural record of Seattle based label Hush Hush Records, Butler has been staying busy, forging his sound on his own and over numerous collaborative works. Remixes for The xx, Jhene Aiko, and How To Dress Well, and a still-unreleased EP with fellow Red Bull Music Academy alum Orquesta, have also kept him grinding, continuously adding sounds to his repertoire while remaining grounded in his otherworldly, cinematic aesthetic. If any of this is indicative of what is to come, we will be hearing about Kid Smpl for many years to come.