Katraynada may be gearing up to give the world 99.9, his upcoming debut album (via XL Recordings), but in the upcoming Producers Issue of The Fader, he is keeping it all the way 100.
Set to hit newsstands next month, the new profile pulls back the curtains on the 23-year-old producer and tells the story of how Louis Kevin Celestin became the man behind the popular ebullient sounds that sonically lassos up house, disco, and hip-hop. From his upbringing in Montreal to dropping out of high school to help support his family, which immigrated from Haiti after he was born, Kay experienced quite a lot throughout the two decades and this is all revealed in Fader's story — including the time his family learned he was gay.
“I just snapped,” he tells the publication. “Something inside me was like, ‘Wake the fuck up.’ I felt like there were two people inside me. I was trying to be somebody I was not, and I was frustrated that people didn’t know who I was.”
As his sister and brother recount the moment, Kay initially told his mother and brother that he was bisexual, before later admitting that he was gay. “I feel better than I ever have, you know?” he expressed. “I’ve been sad my whole life, but fuck that. I know I have good things ahead. I don’t know honestly if I’m fully, 100 percent happy, but I’m starting to get there.”
“I don’t call myself straight, I don’t call myself gay, it’s just me…” he says in the story. “But, I guess, I am gay.”
For a full read of Kaytranada's interesting story, head over to Fader. The new album, 99.9, arrives on May 6.