Kaytranada Is Reaching 100%
With a new album and chapter in his life, Kaytranada is giving all of himself for the first time.
Last fall, Louis Kevin Celestin found himself in an unbreakably terrible mood. As Kaytranada, he had sold out shows all over the world with his joyful house and disco music, but when it came time to finish up his debut album, 99.9%, the 23-year-old producer was exhausted and lashing out at his family, including his younger brother Louis-Philippe, 21, with whom he still shares a basement bedroom in his Montreal childhood home. Kay would sit up all night working on music, sleep into the afternoon, then spend the day generally inconsolable. "My mom would always say, 'What's wrong with you?'" he remembers. "I was hella depressed."
It was the first significant stretch of time Kay had spent at home since he'd started touring three years earlier, in 2012, after his unofficial remix of Janet Jackson's "If" went viral among SoundCloud's emerging dance scene. The rework took a song that p...