CREDIT: Richard Freeman
“Meet me on Castlereagh Street,” the text read. Kristy Lee Peters, better known to you and I as KLP, smiles as she remembers Skrillex’s message to her.
“‘Hey it’s Skrilly.’
“He had tracked me down and invited me to a studio in Sydney one night,” Peters explains. “Everyone was there, RL Grime, DJ Snake…We recorded a few vocals and I remember Skrillex played me the Jack Ü song, Where Are Ü Now with Justin Bieber. It hadn’t released yet.”
You can see it now: The Californian electronic music producer sitting with his laptop in the darkest corner of the city studio showing the pretty blonde thing how he indeed invented the now famous dolphin whistle. “I’ve distorted Bieber’s voice so much that it now sounds like this,” is what he’d say. Love, loathe or scroll slowly past the eight-time Grammy winner, he still holds the record for the most Grammys won by an Electronic Dance Music artist and Peters, a girl from Sydney with a big producing dream, has his attention in this very room.
“He was so lovely and so down to earth. He seems like the real deal,” says Peters.
“I can be surrounded by just a few people and feel quite nervous and uncomfortable to talk to them. But put me on stage in front of thousands and there’s almost like this weird wall between the audience and I and it makes me a little bit more extreme.”
Perhaps though her biggest career achievement to date is her radio show on Triple J – “I grew up listening to it and to get to choose the music and play songs I like is pretty phenomenal” – and getting a publishing deal with Universal Music Australia. “It’s not only helped me with my own songwriting songs but I’ve got to work and write for other people too like Skrillex, Jessica Mauboy, What So Not and some K-Pop acts, “ says Peters.
Growing up in Sydney with a musician father, Peters attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts where she was a chameleon of sorts. “I was in pop groups, I was in rock bands,” she says. “I couldn’t stick to one type or I’d get bored. That’s why I love DJ’ing so much because then I get to do the live thing but then I have the radio.” Her first single as a solo artist was titled Recover featuring Melbourne hip-hop artist Remi (also a friend of Next In Line’s Elizabeth Rose).
Perhaps one of her most exciting roles though is the one as your new GRAZIA weekly DJ. Every Friday, Peters will be supplying you with a weekend playlist for your afternoon BBQ or Saturday night pre-drinks. And while she spends her weeks unearthing new musicians across our airwaves, it’s T minus not long before someone’s calling her name out.
KLP’s Nothing But Air tour begins on May 14.