Dropping Beats

Kaytranada: The Multifaceted Artist Making Waves in Electronic and Dance Music

Are you ready to move to the infectious beats of Kaytranada? This Haitian-born Canadian DJ and producer is taking the music industry by storm, with his unique blend of electronic, house, and hip-hop music, and multiple critically acclaimed albums under his belt.

Let’s uncover more of what makes him so extraordinary.

Kaytranada at a glance:

Kaytranada was born Louis Kevin Celestin and is a Haitian-born Canadian DJ and producer who has made a name for himself in the music industry with his unique sound and production style.

  • Birthday: August 25, 1992
  • Height: 5’9″ (183 cm)
  • Nationality: Haitian-Canadian
  • Current City: Montreal

With multiple critically acclaimed albums and two Grammys under his belt, he has become a household name in the world of electronic and dance music.

From SoundCloud to Grammy Awards

At 14 years old, Kaytranada started making music and quickly gained recognition for his remixes of popular songs on SoundCloud. His unique sound is influenced by a diverse range of musical styles, including Afro-House, Justice, modern African music, and French electronic music.

In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, he stated that he’s constantly seeking new sounds and styles to incorporate into his music.

He then began producing his tracks, and in 2016, released his debut album, “99.9%,” which received critical acclaim and earned him the Polaris Music Prize, awarded to the best Canadian album of the year. His sophomore album, “Bubba,” released in 2019, features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Kali Uchis, and Tinashe. The album won him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for the single “10%,” as well as Best Dance/Electronic Album for Bubba.

The collaborations, festivals, and critical acclaim that define his career

He is known for his unique blend of electronic, house, and hip-hop music. He’s collaborated with big-name artists, including Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, and Madonna. His music has been featured in movies and TV shows, and he’s even composed music for video games.

Kaytranada is also an accomplished live performer, having played at several festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury. His live shows are known for their high energy and infectious beats, which keep the crowd dancing all night long.

Kaytranada has a troubled history with embracing identity

As an openly gay artist, he has become a role model for the LGBTQ+ community. Over the years, Kaytranada discussed his anxiety about coming out to his family and the identity crisis and mental health struggles he had after coming out.

While Kaytranada brings Black, gay representation and diversity to the music industry, he’s been vocal about not wanting to be defined by his sexuality.

I don’t wanna categorize—just, like, why not just be gay and that’s all? You happen to be attracted to men and that’s it.


What’s next for Kaytranada?

Earlier this year, Kaytranada picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Intimidated” featuring H.E.R. He’s also nominated for two Juno awards. The first is for Rap Single of the Year for “Twin Flame” (with Anderson .Paak), as well as a nomination for Producer of the Year.

He’s going on tour starting in April of 2023, with shows at Coachella and several shows with The Weeknd and Mike Dean up until August.

So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or just discovering his music for the first time, be sure to check out his work. From his unique sound and diverse influences to his commitment to promoting inclusivity, He is a dynamic and innovative artist who’s making a lasting impact on the music industry.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Kaytranada, the Grammy-Award-winning DJ and producer who’s taking the music industry by storm.

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