THE BIRDHOUSE 138: Kyle Watson Interview


This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, we have a special guest that has been one of the most requested Dirtybird artists by our fan base. Hailing from South Africa, Kyle Watson first got his start with the label in 20 with his track "The Clock," on the '7 Days of Dirtybird' compilation. Since then, Kyle has continued to perfect and push his unique bass-driven sound throughout dance floor's all over the world. 

One thing is for sure, our fans love Kyle Watson. I have been trying to book Kyle to play a Campout or some other Dirtybird party for a longtime now with little success. Like I said previously, he is the most requested artists our fan want to see at our parties. So, while we wait until we get Kyle stateside, check out his guest mix below and feast your ears on his impeccable production and DJ skills. 


How did your music career get started in earnest?

I’d been making music for fun when I met my wife (then girlfriend). I played some of my stuff to her, who played it for her brother that was in the industry. He got me my first record deal and the rest is history!

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Johannesburg, South Africa. Where I’m based doesn’t necessarily have a huge influence on my music, I’m actually more inspired by the places I tour and travel to.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

I’ve actually never really thought of throwing in the towel entirely. There are tough times of course - this industry isn’t easy, especially when you start touring – but music has been a part of my life in one way or another for at least the past 15 years.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I’m gonna be so cliché here and say a synth called NI Massive. It was the first soft synth I really started digging deeply into, and because of that I always found myself reaching for it when I wrote. I still use it all the time, as well as NI Battery for my drums.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

I guess I didn’t try to emulate anyone from a career point of view, but musically I was really trying hard to figure out how Switch was making such amazing music. Speaker Junk, Herve and Oliver $ were also massive inspirations in my sound when I started out.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

In a perfect world I like to just relax with my wife, take myself out of the music sphere for a little while and appreciate everything else that I’m lucky enough to have surrounding me. But unfortunately that’s not always possible, I’ve got an album in the works so it’s really been non-stop for at least the last 6 months.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Those moments in between the craziness of this industry where you get to catch a breath and appreciate all the good things happening in life!

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I used to wakeboard on cable and was number 7 in the world at one point! That’s back when I used to exercise haha!


Favorite and least favorite colors?

Dark Blue / Lime Green

Favorite and least favorite words?

Moist / Bulbous

Favorite animal?


Favorite board game?

Does Cards Against Humanity count?

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Pizza obviously

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Blink-182 – What’s My Age Again

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit Techno

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club – Small hot and sweaty

Biggie or Tupac?


Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix forever.