Meet the dark techno talent paying tribute to Nina Simone

Kelly Lee Owens uses music to reflect the times.


Welsh techno talent Kelly Lee Owens daydreams of a time when we embrace all the things that bind us together and a future world of collective consciousness. Having just released her self-titled debut, the Daniel Avery mentee and ascending producer’s dark plus dreamy beats are infused with political influences.

If you were to describe your music in one short sentence, what would that be?

For people to discover and make of it/take from it what you will.

Is your work political? 

In moments, yes. Specific lyrics and tracks have political influences. I’m finding with the most recent music I’m writing that it’s infiltrating more and more, how can it not with what’s happening around us… “It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times.”—Nina Simone

What do borders mean to you? Do they limit you in any way?  

Very much so—in every way—any border (figuratively and literally) can only stifle and create fear. You can literally see the borders we’ve created from space, man-made, our impact for the need for control and power—it scars the earth and the humans living on it.

How much do you think you are affected by border politics (and anything that comes under it) in daily life? 

I’m affected in that it affects other human beings—their pain is my pain. Collective consciousness: that’s what we’re moving towards whether people like it or not.

What do you daydream about?

That we realize that we’re all in this together, literally. The sooner we come to understand that, the sooner we’ll learn to live, respect and appreciate our differences, and hopefully—more importantly—embrace all the things that bind us together.

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Words by Lottie Hodson


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