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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Electronic New Wave




"LKHD ‘I Am’ Album Release & Interview"

Langston Kelly Human DJ is exactly what his name states, a one-man-band who covers the complete production for a track from drums, bass, and melody all the way up to lyrics all done in one take on the spot. LKHD has just released his debut album “I AM” (purchase it here and it’s nothing short of amazing, a response expected from an artist who’s stage show is entirely improvised and boasts he “never plays the same thing twice”. As an all encompassing production Langston’s creative process is a microcosm of his musical influences, his debut LP pulls from as many genres as he himself pulls from instruments and loops on a single track. “I AM” bounces from ambient meditation music to House music to Trip-Hop and back to Down Tempo within the span of 7 tracks. Lyrically he is esoteric, honest and philosophical- at times rather cryptic- all this leads to a mystique we had to unravel, we sat down with Langston to discuss what makes him so unique.

1. First for the people that are just hearing of you describe your
sound and how you got started.

As my music is improvised, you never know what will come out. However, I tend to gravitate toward World, EDM, Chill Out, and Hip-hop sounds and you’ll hear a lot of Jazz influence as well. Some of my songs may remind you of Bonobo, while others sound more like Zero 7, while still others come off closer to Jonathan Goldman’s meditation albums.

2. We just finished playing “I Am” for the first time, we know your live
sets are all improvised, was nothing on this album planned? Is this
album entirely improvised?

Everything from music to lyrics is entirely improvised and I use no prerecorded loops.

3. What made you decide on total improvisation? and what do you think
the significance is in improvisational music?

I love improvisation both in art and life. I enjoy planning and writing as well, but there is already a wide spread acceptance of this practice in western culture. Improvisation in music, I feel, gets a bad rap beyond soloing over an established form. And there is an understandable reason for this: many people aren’t adept at improvising and the improvised pieces they create are either corny or just not very entertaining.

I have long believed that improvised music might be created that is just as intricate and interesting as music that has been written over a period of time. Improvisation, like just about anything else, is a skill that can practiced and honed and thus I am developing it within myself. It also makes my writing a lot faster whenever I sit down and write a piece for my other project Starship Mantis, a seven-piece intergalactic funk band.

Additionally, I’ve always wanted to both perform and compose. The beautiful thing about improvising all of my LKHD music is that I get to do both simultaneously. I can’t say I am yet able to match the most intricate of written pieces, but I am at least proving that improvised music can be entertaining and interesting.

4. This album “I Am” pulls from a wide variety of genres, we hear some
Ambient influences, some World Music influences, some Trip-Hop or Down
Tempo, and even House. Can you list some of your musical influences and
some artists or bands that inspire you?

My top four favourite artists in the world are Jamiroquai, Goldfrapp, Seal, and Zero 7. I, however, am influenced by a wide range of artists from now and throughout history such as Bonobo, Ulrich Schnauss, Linstrøm, Claude Debussy, John Coltrane, John Williams, Sonu Nigam, Collective Efforts, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and many more.

5. There also seems to be an esoteric layer to your work, even with the
album title choice “I AM” can you list some of your none-music
influences as well?

(Laughs) , well, that question leads to deep waters my friend. I am philosophical by nature and have always spent a lot of time observing, pondering, and coming to my own conclusions. To be both general and brief, here are some people/things which have presented ideas, which I have either adopted or learned from: John Paul Sartre, “The Matrix,” “Harry Potter,” Buddhism, Hinduism, Pema Chodron, “The Science of Getting Rich,” close friends, family, magical strangers, and much, much more.
6. What would you say is the purpose of your music?

Wow. Ultimately, I do not know as the source from which I draw my energy, I believe, has purpose beyond my conscious knowing. I can tell you, however, that I like to entertain people, and I like it when my music makes them dance or feel relaxed. I also believe my music, as does much music, has the potential to heal and to inspire. My primary goal when creating music is to create the most awesome sounding, feel good songs I can.

7. We know you are a multi-instrumentalist, even utilizing the human
voice for more than just lyrics -beat boxing the drums on numerous
tracks- out of all the instruments you play (human voice included) what
is your favorite?

I get asked this question a lot. I’m not sure I have one. All the instruments I use in my set are favourites indicated by the fact that I have taken the time to learn them and continue to use them.
8. Your break free from a lot of conventions on this record, seemingly
without effort, are you aware of the “rules” and purposely break them? A
seven track album (aside from the vinyl only days of the 70s and 80s) is
very rare, an all improvised album is even rarer, can you explain your
thought process and creative process?
I am afraid I am not very aware of the rules and just do what seems and feels correct. And there are actually eight tracks on the physical CD. One track is secret.

9. If you had free reign to do whatever you wanted to musically (ex.
have your own festival, work with anybody, start your own label, score a
movie etc) what would you do?

Well, this is another deep question. I’ll be reasonably brief. Some of my uninhibited goals include:

A. improvising amazing, entertaining music with an entire symphony orchestra of musicians.

B. performing the first concert in space (though it looks like I might get beaten there so I suppose I’ll take the moon)

C. I would like to have developed for me some sort of suit that can replace all of these instruments I’m using. It would have triggers in the hands and feet for me to control looping, effects, and whatnot, and a virtual reality display featuring all of the instruments I might want to use. The suit would also feature touch responsiveness so that as I play the virtual instruments it feels like I’m playing physical ones. The suit would easily integrate with any PA system, and would also have a built in speaker system. This would allow me to perform my music just about anywhere.
10. And finally where can the people find you and what are you currently
working that they can expect to hear/see in the future?

You can best find me on my website where you can also sign up for my mailing list, purchase my music, and check the calendar for upcoming live shows. I’m set to release my next album sometime this June. You can also keep up with me on social media: lkhdmusic (twitter, instagram) and lkhdmus (facebook), though in my opinion, the website is cooler. - Myriad Muzik


I am - April 2017

  1. Travel Song
  2. I am
  3. The Babbling Brook
  4. A Rush of Water
  5. Element Elevator
  6. Resolution
  7. Release
Prodigious Bipedality - July 2017
  1. Prodigious Bipedality
  2. Biped Biped
  3. The New King
  4. Put the Time In
  5. Passing Through
  6. High Off the Music
  7. Resting Place
Stop Being Dead - June 2018
  1. Theia
  2. I Wanna Hear You in My Ear
  3. Mortality Is Reality
  4. Beauty Loves a Beast
  5. This Relationship
  6. Stop Being Dead
  7. 'Til the Bitter End
  8. Realization
  9. I Remain the Same
  10. Means Too Much to Me
  11. High
  12. Life Again



Creating a unique experience with every note, Langston Kelly Human DJ uses his skills at spontaneous composition and multi instrumentalism to craft sets of synthwave, trip-hop, house, hip-hop, nu jazz, and more on the fly. His musical foundation built from Jazz and Classical studies, Langston arrived at his current home city of Pittsburgh, PA via Duquesne University where he studied with the likes of James Houlik and Sean Jones. 

              After touring in Algeria with El Foukr R'assembly in 2016, Langston released his first fully improvised album I am and subsequently his second, Prodigious Bipedality, in July 2017. Following the 2018 release of Stop Being Dead, his fullest work to date, Mr. Kelly took some time away from LKHD to meet the increasing demands of his band Starship Mantis. Now he is back with new releases and shows, and you can always catch him live on vocals and horns with Starship Mantis and hear him on their latest album.

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