He’s one of the most popular DJs in the country and the mastermind behind hits such as ‘Spin My World Around’, ‘Don’t Let Go’ and his new single ‘Fly Away’. Now, he is back with his brand new album ‘Evolution X’ – a collection of 10 impressive new tracks. As he celebrates the release of the album, I sit down with the DJ as he opens up about his humble beginnings, the new album and why he thinks house music has become so popular over the past few years.
You’re one of the most prominent DJs in South Africa. Where did your passion for DJing begin?
I’ve always had a passion for music and growing up. I used to collect a lot of cassettes and CDs of local musicians. I then got introduced to a genre of music called house music by my older brother back in 1997 and got exposed to the art of mixing music instead of just playing one song after another. I’ve been hooked ever since.
What do you think it is about you that sets you apart?
I think it’s my style of mixing. It’s something different from the usual and it seems to be a hit with my audience which I’m really proud of.
What was the process like working on your new album ‘Evolution X’?
I actually enjoyed putting together this album. My last album, ‘The Weekent’, was released in 2013 so I had enough time to play around with different ideas and put together exactly what I wanted with Evolution X, also it is my fourth album release so the pressure was not as much as with all my other releases.
How is this record different from your previous ones?
Firstly, I got to do some vocal cameos in a couple of songs on the album! Also, this year marks 10 years of my music production career and the album is actually a celebration of that. It also shows how I’ve evolved as an artist from just being a DJ to being a producer and songwriter and now also I’m also singing on some of my own songs. It’s exciting.
You’ve worked with artists such as Nandi Mngoma, Dominic Neill and Ziyon on this record. What’s the synergy like between vocalist and producer in studio?
The synergy is always different but great with every artist I work with. It’s a constant sharing of ideas throughout the recording session, feeding of each other’s creativity and eventually getting to the final product that we’re both happy with. Not always an easy process but I enjoy it every time.
Why do you think house music is such a popular genre around the world?
Firstly, I think it’s because house music is kind of synonymous internationally with dancing, partying, festivals and people having fun. Also, house music in itself has a lot of sub-genres.
Our local house music scene is blowing up. What advice do you have for up-and-coming producers?
My advice is: 1. Do it because you love it 2. Think globally.
What’s the one thing you wish you knew about the industry when you started?
Nobody told me that I won’t have weekends to myself when I started this. Ha!
What do the next few months hold for DJ Kent?
I am currently planning a national and international tour for the Evolution X album. Watch this space for more news!
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