How would you say your style has evolved
over the years?
I hope my production is improving mainly. I've
never had amazing equipment or fat studio rigs. It's very basic and sometimes
this shows in the production. But at the same time this is what gives
my music the "unique" sound.
Has your studio setup evolved in kind? What
do you use mostly?
I have aquired better leads and methods of recording
but it's all basically the same as it was 8 years ago. I use Cakewalk
in the main (studio).
What was the motivation behind starting Jon
Kennedy Federation? Was it the implosion of Grand Central or a general
desire to call your own shots?
I was offered a distribution deal in the USA
and needed a label to house my music. Grand Central are dead and other
labels were not willing to help. So I took the step of creating my own
little company; The Jon Kennedy Federation.
has a strong blues/folk kind of vibe that I like a lot. It may very well
be mostly live, but many of the elements sound sampled or looped. Was
there a different mindset going into this release than for previous ones?
All the instruments you hear are played in some
fashion, be it through a sampler or from my own or others' hands. The
premise was to put a 12" out with solid and beautiful downbeats and
not to veer off into Latin, Nujazz or some other punk-ass bollocks that
most artists do later in their careers for monetary gain.
Well, no one can ever accuse you of that.
Is there some you'd like to do musically that you haven't tried yet?
Maybe a fat as fuck drum and bass track!
How do you go about translating your tracks
into a live performance with musicians?
I get behind the drums and draft in select people
to play the parts back in... pretty simple, kind of fill-in-the-gaps.
Are you planning on going in a more live
direction in your future studio exploits?
It is fun but it's very hard to logistically
pull off sometimes and the budget is also hard to work on. We'll see.
Are there other artists coming out on JKF?
There are other artists indeed on JKF namely:
Covershocks, Chuckie Steel, DJ Ezi, Dopedemand, and Noego.
Besides them, who else do you like on the scene right now?
I'm feeling the Freefall Collective, kinda breaks
stuff from Bournemouth in the UK. There's a ton of bands that are not
well known at all too. I often play these on my radio show Snare
What else do you have in the pipeline right
I'm working on a lot of remixes for various folk
all over the world. Building up a good collection of vinyl for DJ sets
and pushing my JKF label. I also have my radio show Snare
Force One which has been snapped up by a few stations. Im busy
enough to be creating, recording and remixing everyday,which is nice.