I’ve just sat down and gone through the backlog of features and mixes I’ve got stacked up in the FatKidOnFire inbox and the next 5-10 posts in the MakeItGood x FKOF series are seriously top notch – if you’re not the owner of some serious monitors (/ a decent stereo or headphones), you’ll need to sort that to enjoy what we’ve got in store to its full potential!
Tonight’s feature sees us celebrate another first for the MIG x FKOF series; an interview and mix from the edges of the Baltic Sea. The number of talented producers and DJs pushing the deep and dark dubstep sounds from all over Europe (like Skinz from Aleksandrovac in Serbia for example) I’ve discovered recently is rising by the day – a sign of just how far the 140 sound has travelled (and how many supporters it has). Riga’s Kenji is one of those recent discoveries doing just that. He hit me up with a mix out of the blue a few months back, we got chatting and then he sent me a few of his own tunes. I know I say it a lot – but this guy is worth watching…
Who is Kenji?
Kenji (Edgar Reinhold) is a deep, dark dubstep producer from Riga, Latvia.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style? I was changing music genres and styles for more than 2 years, everything from experimental to mash-up – until I started making dubstep. I love this genre because of the variety of the styles and subgenres; I love the atmosphere and the tempo as well. I would describe my production style as deep and dark, sometimes very minimal, sometimes full of percussions and melodies.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I have been producing music since 2007, but started producing dubstep in 2010, I also started DJing in 2010.
How do you go about building your tunes? Is there a process behind each one? What software do you use? Very often I just smoke a little bit of weed, chill out and make music, because weed gets me going. But sometimes I don’t need anything to get me going, sometimes I’m just full of inspiration and ready to work on tunes all day long. I use Ableton Live.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out? Neither… I DJ digitally using DJ software, an external soundcard and a mixer.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Some time ago I took part in organising a gig called Metro Underground Dubstep. Playing that one was really fun because I played really agressive tunes, I was playing really drunk and a lot of people showed up and danced as well. I would love to play alongside Biome or Kryptic Minds.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?
- Congi and
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? Has it got a future? I really hope that the whole new deep, dark dubstep movement is going to get more popular and all of that Skrillex crap will just disappear – that would be just great!
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Yeah, I’m releasing the ‘Un Carrer Fosc EP’ on Dubfact (a Latvian dubstep record label, which I am the co-owner of) very soon.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed? Don’t concentrate on getting your music released no matter what. It’s all about the music; not about the fame or the money. If your music is good enough – you’ll get signed. Just don’t rush it, you’ll only make a fool out of yourself.
Any shoutouts? Yeah, shoutouts going out to Jeramy Hollow and the rest of the Dubfact crew, my man Victo, Trashy Kid, E91 and the whole dubstep.lv crew.
3 people (dead or alive) you?d go for pizza with (and why)?
I would love some pizza time with Lil B, Aphex Twin and Burial – because they’re the most inspirational people I know on this earth.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Listen to your haters, because they just help you get better.
iPhone or Android?
If you’ve yet to hear any of Kenji’s tunes, get downloading his mix for FatKidOnFire and MakeItGood. It’s got a few of his in there (amongst other monster tunes from producers like Fornax, Killawatt and Pheral to name a few) – and will keep you ticking over until I get the mastered EP he’ll be giving away on FKOF in a few weeks’ time. Pure weight…
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- Versa & Rowl – Full Moon
- Soul Captive – Diffuse
- Fornax – Reconcile
- Kenji – La Mort Es Troba (140 mix)
- Gutcha – Dark Visions
- Killawatt – 71
- Reamz – Fear
- Pheral – Sanctuary
- Kenji – Open Circle
- Kenji – The Swamp
- Hiloxam – Wet Paint
- Congi – Capture
- Demon – Unidentified
- Kenji – Zero Gravity
- Kenji – Un Carrer Fosc
- Ipman – Mob Mentality
- TMSV & June Miller – Ghost Ship
If you have any thoughts on what Kenji has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like? Get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.