Kaytranada built his reputation as a producer from a bedroom in his mom’s house in Montreal.

Kaytranada’s working on it. The Haitian-born, Quebec-raised producer, whose 2016 debut 99.9% was a glitter-bomb dropped onto the dance floor, is back on his grind, mixing songs, building grooves and grappling with a surprising degree of self-doubt. The last time he was doing this—finishing an album—he was living with his mom and best known as a bedroom beatmaker who put out (illicit) remixes of Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott. Since then Louis Kevin Celestin has left home, come out, and crisscrossed the planet to work with artists including Craig David and Kendrick Lamar. He’s got a boyfriend now, and received Canada’s most important music award—the Polaris Prize. But as much as he’s living his new, best life—and that includes finding comfort in Quebec’s subzero winter...


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