Ahead of his AV set this coming Friday at the Big Chill House, we caught up with DK for a quick chat.
Solid Steels’ been in existence now since 1988! How did you come to be involved?
I started working at Ninja Tune in the mid 90’s and would frequently play my mixtapes in the office. Matt Black from Coldcut heard one of my mixes and invited me to do one for Solid Steel, which at the time was on Kiss FM. I went onto produce the show and also present when Coldcut were away while it was on BBC London.
In your opinion, what’s it about Solid Steel that’s kept it going strong for 25 years?
The show has always embraced new and different styles of music, which keeps it fresh and interesting, but we also like to delve into music’s rich past. If you stick with one style of music, you risk losing listeners as tastes evolve.
We’re mad excited about your AV set, but you usually team up with DJ Food. How do you manage with only the 2 hands, I’m assuming you have to work twice as hard and stay incredibly sober?
We’ve always done individual DJ sets, which is good for testing out new tracks and we would come together for AV sets. It does mean more work, so I don’t start drinking until the second half of the set.
Fucking incredible job on the ‘Cymatic Frequencies‘ A/V mix! Over 18,000 views on Vimeo (it deserves more). Was that all done using Serato Video SL or Final Cut, or something else? When can we expect to see another?
Thanks very much, it took quite a few late nights to finish……. I used Final Cut for the final mix, but I used Serato Video SL while working on the mix and when I do my AV sets. I wanted to do a less club orientated version of the mix as well, ‘Cymatic Frequencies Dub mix’ or Directors Cut, but we’ll see. There will definitely be more AV mixes as some stage.
If you could pick a personal stand out track from each of these decades 60’s, 70’s, 80’s 90’s and a track within the last year what would it be?
ou know this is a very hard thing to do, there’s just so much music out there, but here are some tracks that stick out in my mind;
60’s – David Axelrod – Holy Thursday – Pretty much any Axelrod production would do, but this is one of his best
70’s – Cozy Powell – Dance with the devil – The first record I ever bought and started my love of drum break
80’s – Malcolm Mclaren – Buffalo Gals – His album Duck Rock set my musical agenda at the time with tastes of Hip Hop, World music, Funk, Soul, not to mention break dancing.
90’s – DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter – Such a genre defining track and still works today
Recent – Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo – It’s over a year old now, but the first track in my AV mix is still a big my favourite of mine.
What can we expect from your set at the Big Chill House?
I’ll be performing ‘Cymatic Frequencies’ as part of the set and then I’ll see where it goes. Just plenty of good music and great visuals to entertain your eyes as well as your ears.