Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Interview With KingPinn

With just 10 days to go, it is about time to introduce you (or for some of the more regular Reading party-goers, re-introduce you) to KingPinn, who is playing 530-730pm on Saturday 1st September.

So, what music are we likely to hear you play? 
Good House music spanning the genres, much depends on what the weather is doing, who is there etc. Feeling quite a bit of the deep house that's about at the mo, no doubt there will be some soulful beats, lots of disco influences and perhaps a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Who are your favourite DJs at the moment?
Karizma, Spen (not Sven), Mr V, Grant Nelson, Joey Negro, Andy Ward and Dimitri from Paris all still hit the spot for me.
And your favourite producers?
Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler What was the first track to get you into house music?  I am sure there were others but Jungle Brothers- I'll House You (1988) is a stand out track for me.
Do you have any embarrassing records in your collection?
Plenty :-) But lots more I cherish!
What has been your most calamitous DJing moment?
Oh there have been a few of those but probably the classic of being lost in mix in the headphones and then you realise the silence coming out the speakers....ooopsie!
And the highlight of your DJ career?
Midnight sets on NYE or the sunset set I played in Ibiza....proper goose bumps.

Can you cook? What is your signature dish in the kitchen?
lol nope definitely not.
Do you like partying?
Is that really a question :-)
What is the best ever party you have been to in your life?
Easy Southport Weekender.  An Absolute must do for anyone who knows and loves their house music!
Where were you born?
UK, but spent 5 years living close to Chicago in the early 90s.
Did you move to Chicago just because of house music?!
Nope I had a Tennis Scholarship to a University in Indianapolis  (when I say close it was 3 hours drive away but we still did it quite a few road trip weekends).
What was it like living there?
Indiana was quite conservative although had a great arts district with house and industrial music filtering down from Chicago.
Did it influence your music tastes whilst you lived there?
Certainly did in many ways, people in the local record shop used to give me stuff to preview and review, not always house but I remember vividly an 808 state cassette they gave me which I had on repeat for months in my car
Did you visit any clubs whilst you were out there?  If so, which was the best?
In Indianapolis there was somewhere to go almost everyday of the week but we also did road trips to Chicago quite regularly. The best place I went to there was a place called Shelter (I don't think  it was linked to the one in New York) but proper house music all night and absolutely packed. The queues were the worst thing, that wind coming off the great lakes is absolutely freezing in winter but was always worth the wait once inside.
Do you have a favourite hidden gem of Reading?
Sadly Reading has changed. Probably Milk, or Sahara for a nice cocktail.
 
Many thanks for Kevin for taking the time to respond to the interview.
 
There will be another interview with our other guest, Sebastian Klone, to come, and perhaps we might even have a new mix to warm your ears up before Saturday 1st September.