Although Kill Them With Colour's Wesley Marsh only recently began invading the music festival circuit, he has been dazzling the world with vibrant multidimensional art, long before the birth of his DJ moniker. "In high school, I got my comp-tech teacher to strike the whole [curriculum] and turn it into audio," Marsh laughs. "I would make beats and present them to him and he'd be like, 'Cool 95 percent.' I guess he didn't know what he was really looking for, but he was like, 'Okay that sounds good.'"
As a former childhood actor/model turned graphic designer/producer, art flows through the veins of this Trinidadian-Canadian, in all shapes and forms. Recently, however, it's music that occupies his brain's right side."The main stage at Firefly Music Festival… that was huge," says Marsh of, what he says, was his career-defining moment. "There was a good 6000 to 8000 people. It was a number I'd never seen before."While a jam-packed audience at an international music festival is inarguably applaudable, 2015 has held a series of new and celebratory experiences for the electro-heavy future house producer. With a number one song on Hype Machine, a contract with the Chase & Status' label MTA Records, and a UK shoot for his debut music video, Marsh is certainly on the road to success. Coming out on top of this impressive list is a remix request from The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers.
"It came from his agent," explains Marsh. "I met [Flowers] down in Mexico, such a nice guy. It's pretty surreal. It came out of nowhere."Despite these accomplishments, 2015 also marks a year of significant loss for Marsh. Earlier this year, Kill Them With Colour transitioned from a two-man act to a solo project, as former collaborator Jason Carr moved on to pursue a career in long-term care. "He's doing his thing and I completely respect that," says Marsh. "I mean he was always a long distance producing partner so I guess in a way it kind of feels the same. I mean, it sucks because it's fun to be on the road, so imagine what it be like with your friend."
Even with one man down, Kill Them With Colour's music remains on the rise. "Get High," the much-awaited new release from the man behind the pigmented moniker, is flooded with intricate beats and lively samples, encompassing the ambitious pizzazz and flare for hip-hop similar to fellow Canadian A-Trak."I love [the] sampling," says Marsh of his energetic new track. "I like sneakily sampling things that I probably shouldn't. The main synth is actually the sample you hear at the start of like every single movie — the 21st Century Fox intro, it's a millisecond sample of that." Transforming trivial snippets of sounds into masterful songs is nothing new for the producer. His list of floor-thumping remixes range from Biggie Smalls' "Roll Wit Em," to Destiny's Child's "Independent Woman.""That's just always been what I end up doing," he says. "If someone sends me a remix, I'll try and use all the parts — using vocal parts as like percussion, stuff like that. I think it makes music a lot more fun and experimental, instead of just sticking to a code."To add some visual spark to his already flickering song, Marsh unconventionally turned to Craigslist. Somewhere in between ads for unlocked iPhones, nude cleaning services, and bunk tickets to see Ariana Grande, he found the perfect illustrator to create his cover art — a dark, yet cartoonish portrait of a woman floating in the desert drenched in colour.
"I have a few friends that do art, but I just wanted to keep it outside," he clarifies. "I posted a really secretive kind of ad, I was just like, 'The future is yours' and a couple of other weird phrases. If you saw it you would have been like, 'Okay I'll apply, but I don't know what this is.'"Whether it's a vaguely written Craiglist ad, an unconventional sample, or a rework of a 90s female R&B trio, Wes Marsh will continue to challenge the norms of today's electronic music, one eye-popping hue at a time.Interpret his colourful endeavour as you will, this multifaceted creator asks only one thing of his fans."Dance, just dance."Kill Them With Colour is on Facebook // Twitter // SoundCloudRebecca is on Twitter.