Kaytranada

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Kaytranada
Kaytranada 2016 September (2).jpg
Kaytranada in September 2016
Background information
Birth nameLouis Kevin Celestin
Also known as
  • Kaytra
  • Kaytradamus
Born (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 26)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
Labels
Websitekaytranada.com

Louis Kevin Celestin (born August 25, 1992), known by his stage name Kaytranada, (stylized as KAYTRANADA, shortened as KAYTRA), is a Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer.[1][2][3][3][4] Celestin began his career under the alias Kaytradamus in 2010. He is part of the hip hop duo The Celestics.

Early life[edit]

Kaytranada was born Louis Kevin Celestin on August 25, 1992 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shortly after he was born, his family relocated to Montreal where he was raised. Kaytranada began to DJ at the age of 14. The following year, at the age of 15, Kaytranada began to produce after his brother introduced him to FL Studio.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Celestin began his career under the name Kaytradamus in 2010. He released two projects as Kaytradamus before changing his name to 'Kaytranada' in 2012. Kaytranada has released a total of thirteen projects and forty-one remixes. Kaytranada has toured more than 50 Canadian, American, European and Australian cities.[7][8][9][10]

During 2015, Kaytranada opened for two nights of Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour, one in Canada and one in the United States.[11]

In December 2014 he signed an exclusive recording agreement with XL Recordings. His debut album, 99.9%, was released on May 6, 2016.[12] The album includes features from GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson Paak, and Vic Mensa among others. He also collaborated with Craig David, on the song "Got It Good", which is also included in David's sixth studio album, Following My Intuition.

Speculation arose that Kaytranada and producer Rick Rubin had started working together when a photo of them surfaced online around February 2015. It was later confirmed that they did in fact enter in a partnership for his publishing, that is backed by Pulse Recordings based in Los Angeles.

He won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his album 99.9%.[13] The album released on May 13, 2016 through XL Records. He collaborated with Syd and Anderson.Paak. The album received a score of 8.0 from Pitchfork.[14]

Kaytranada is currently on the roster for HW&W Recordings, an independent label based in Los Angeles and Toronto with other artists such as Mike Gao, Gravez, and Tek.Lun.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kaytranada revealed he is gay in an interview with The Fader in April 2016.[16]. While very rarely revealing personal information, Kaytranada has been outspoken about his love of cinema, noting his favorite movie as The Color Purple.

Discography[edit]

As Kaytranada[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Instrumental Hip Hop Is Dead (December 18, 2013)[17]
  • Whatever (May 5, 2014)[18]
  • Mixmag Cover CD (October 31, 2014)[19]
  • 0.001% (September 22, 2016)[20]

EPs[edit]

  • Kaytra Todo (February 25, 2013)[21]
  • Kaytranada Remix (September 4, 2013)[22]
  • At All/Hilarity Duff (October 16, 2013)[23]
  • The ArtScience Remixes (with Robert Glasper) (April 21, 2018)[24]
  • Nothin' Like U/Chances (November 30, 2018)[25]

As Kaytradamus[edit]

  • Kaytra Da Mouse (April 2010)[26]
  • Teriphikness (December 1, 2010)[27]
  • The Weather Report (August 23, 2010)[28]
  • Kayoz (with Munoz) (February 1, 2011)[29]
  • Merrymaking Music (June 28, 2011)[30]
  • Kaytra LaBoom (August 22, 2011)[31]
  • Remixes Vol. 1 (January 1, 2012)[32]
  • Kaytra Nada (February 26, 2012)[33]
  • Mockay (with Mr. Mockwell) (March 17, 2012)
  • The Good Fight EP (with Krystale) (July 3, 2012)[34]
  • Kaytrap (July 12, 2012)[35]

As The Celestics[edit]

  • Massively Massive (December 15, 2011)[36]
  • Supreme Laziness (May 20, 2014)[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[38] Best Post Production "Lite Spots" Nominated
Polaris Music Prize[13] Canadian Album of the Year 99.9% Won
2017 Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Kaytranada Nominated
Electronic Album of the Year 99.9% Won
Video of the Year "Lite Spots" Nominated
Canadian Independent Music Awards[39] Album of the Year 99.9% Nominated
Artist of the Year Kaytranada Won
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[40] Video of the Year "Glowed Up" (ft. Anderson.Paak) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stream King Kaytranada Finds Success IRL". MTV October 22, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Kaytranada - At All". Pitchfork September 5, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Listen to Kaytranada's Remix of Pharrell's "Happy"". Complex May 12, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Photo Diary: Kaytranada x Mobb Deep in the Studio". Red Bull March 31, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kaytranada Discusses Drake Production Influence and Haitian Music". Hypetrak. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "Interview: Kaytranada on His Funky XL Debut: "It's definitely going to surprise you"". The Fader May 12, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kaytranada: Not Missing A Beat". Vice February 5, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "Kaytranada". EARMILK. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "Kaytranada (Vibe)". Vibe. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "Kaytranada Channels Dilla, Embraces Up-Tempo Neo-Soul". Spin June 3, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Confirms Kaytranada Will Open Tonight's Show at Joe Louis Arena".
  12. ^ "25 best Canadian debut albums ever". CBC Music, June 16, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Kaytranada wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his album 99.9%". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Kaytranada: 99.9% Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com.
  15. ^ "Kaytranada". Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  16. ^ Frank, Alex (April 5, 2016). "Kaytranada Is Reaching 100%". The Fader. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  17. ^ "Download Kaytranada's Instrumental Hip Hop Is Dead Mix".
  18. ^ "Kaytranada - Whatever".
  19. ^ "Cover CD: Kaytranada".
  20. ^ "0.001% ???".
  21. ^ "Kaytra Todo, by KAYTRANADA". HW&W Recordings.
  22. ^ "KAYTRANADA REMIX, by KAYTRANADA". KAYTRANADA REMIX.
  23. ^ "At All / Hilarity Duff, by KAYTRANADA". HW&W Recordings.
  24. ^ "Listen to Robert Glasper and Kaytranada's The Artscience Remixes".
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/nothin-like-u/1444784765?i=1444784767&i=1444784767
  26. ^ Coop, Beat Tape (15 March 2011). "Beat Tape Co-Op: Kaytradamus - Kaytra Da Mouse (Part I: Beats) [Beat Tape] [2011]".
  27. ^ "Teriphikness by Kaytranada".
  28. ^ "Kaytranada - The Weather Report Mixtape".
  29. ^ ""Kayoz EP", by Kayoz". Luigi-Bo 87.
  30. ^ "Merrymaking Music by Kaytranada".
  31. ^ "KAYTRADAMUS - Kaytra LaBoom". SoundCloud.
  32. ^ "Remixes Vol. 1 by Kaytranada".
  33. ^ "Kaytradamus - Kaytra Nada". SoundCloud.
  34. ^ "The Good Fight, by Krystale, Kaytranada". Krystale.
  35. ^ "Kaytrap by Kaytranada".
  36. ^ "Massively Massive, by The Celestics". ALAIZ.
  37. ^ "Supreme Laziness, by The Celestics". HW&W Recordings.
  38. ^ "Drake, Alessia Cara lead with seven nods each at MMVAs". Toronto Star. May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  39. ^ "Home - Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88". Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  40. ^ "Full List of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA Nominees – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 11 June 2017.

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