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  1. 1. Ken is very much an underground DJ first-and-foremost, aided in no small part by his vast musical knowledge and the ability to play across a wide range of musical genres. His skills behind the decks have not gone un-noticed, as shown by high-profile sets alongside the likes of Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, and Theo Parrish. He’s also becoming increasingly known for his remixing abilities, and the coming year will see him lending his deft touch to the likes of Michael Jackson, Redlight and Lana Del Ray. There is also exciting new solo material on the horizon, as well as an increasingly busy tour schedule that will take him across Europe and more. Questions 1. You've stated in the past that you grew up listening to bands and you're still very much into that scene. What kind of nights did you go to that got you into dance music? Nights in Manchester like Bugged Out, Tribal Sessions and obviously The Warehouse Project. There’s quite a lot of smaller nights in the city which attract really good artists too. Then I started to DJ around the city, do my own parties and just went from there. 2. The Warehouse Project is scaling back its events this year and obviously received a lot of bad press due to the drug-related death last year. Is it up to the smaller venues in Manchester to step up and impress? The Warehouse Project became a scapegoat. That could have happened anywhere in the country and it was unfortunate that it happened in Manchester. That issue is nationwide, it’s not just Manchester. I wouldn’t say it’s bad press for the city but obviously it made all of the papers. The smaller venues like Joshua Brooks and Soup Kitchen have always been thriving anyway so The Warehouse Project scaling back just means they’ll have more artists to choose from. 3. So you were a DJ before getting into production? Yeah, I was a resident in a few places in Manchester and was DJing for three or four years. When I started taking it a bit more seriously and tried pushing for it over the last couple of years so it’s started to make a lot more sense. As I was a DJ first I always think of myself of more of a DJ and not a producer because whenever I did sets at venues, the crowd seemed to love it when I mixed a notorious song with some techy beats. 4. You’ve experienced unprecedented success with your single ‘Thunderstruck’. How has this affected your life and career? It's completely changed my life! My career was non-existent as it was more of a hobby before. When that track blew up I had the opportunity to quit my job in a retail store and do this music stuff full time. Luckily I’ve got amazing management and an agent too, which obviously helps me out a lot and influences some of the decisions I have to make. 5. What’s your view on the state of house music after the recent chart successes? Have you noticed a change when playing gigs?
  2. 2. Of course you notice a change but there’s too much negativity around it, you can’t stop those things from happening. Everyone’s complaining about it but you’ve got to see it as a good thing. MK’s remix of Storm Queen, for example, was totally unforced. It’s not like he made it for the charts. I try not to be too pessimistic about it but there’s a lot of people bitching and moaning. The one thing that I’ve noticed is that the 'chin strokers' are the people that are moaning and they don’t create a good vibe by standing at the back of the room. The people that are enjoying themselves are probably the ones that have only heard of you for that one track. 6. The forthcoming ‘Lego’ EP is heavier-sounding than ‘Thunderstruck’. Was it a conscious decision to distance yourself away from that tune? Not really, I’ve always had a wide musical background and when I DJ I’ll play a bit of disco then techno as I like switching it up. This is by all means not a follow up to that track, the EP is just made up of tracks I’ve been playing out for six or seven months in my DJ sets so they’re more club orientated anyway. They feel quite raw and I’ve tried not to refine them too much. It wasn’t really about taking it in a specific direction. Sometimes I’ll find myself making dark techno stuff and have to stop myself so maybe I’ll start another project under an alias in the future.

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