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It’s been nearly four years since ‘Barcelona’ quick catch-up first, however, and the last few Back to ‘Individual Soul’ and how pleased are
by D.Kay & Epsilon and the follow-up, ‘Honey’, years have seen David collaborate with Marcus you with the final outcome – how close did it
crossed over into the mainstream and helped Intalex, DJ Lee, Calyx, Raw.full, Kasra, Eksman, match your original ideas? “I’m really happy with
bring drum & bass to a wider audience. Since D-Bridge and Jenna G. He also runs two labels, the final product and it’s pretty much on point. A
then D.Kay, in particular, has been a prolific pro- ill.skillz_recordings with Raw.full and his new couple of things have surprised me and creativity
ducer but his latest album, ‘Individual Soul’, sees imprint Brigand Music which will be releasing is a wild beast that sometimes makes crazy
him well and truly break the mould. It’s intended ‘Individual Soul’, as well as producing tracks for moves when you try to ride it. I left some things
purely for home listening too and is heavily other labels like Bingo Beats and Metalheadz to coincidence and the odd mistake in there
influenced by his love of jazz. among others. which makes the music sound very alive, more
human and organic.”
“I wanted to make an album which is more than As a DJ you can regularly catch him playing all
the sum of its parts,” explains David Kulenkampff over Europe and beyond, while back in his home- Is there any special meaning behind the album’s
when Knowledge spoke with him recently, “and I town of Vienna David also runs a weekly drum title? “It’s the name of the second track on the
also wanted to steer clear of 12 standard rollers & bass night called Flex which has been running album and I thought it fits quite well. In every
or whatever with limited shelf life. I had something for over two years and combines local talent piece of music you write your personality shines
special in mind and it came out the way I wanted with the bigger names on the scene. If that’s not through and with it a bit of your soul. Cheesy
it to, so I’m well happy with the final product. enough, he also hosts a monthly radio show on talk, I know, but it’s true.”
FM4, Austria’s equivalent of Radio 1.
“I had 20 tracks that were all half done, so I As mentioned earlier, David created ‘Individual
decided to make something special out of them. So how’s the drum & bass scene in Vienna Soul’ to be listened to at home rather than on
I stripped them down to 11, arranged them how generally? “It’s really healthy, there are so many the dancefloor. “I doubt it will work for the major-
I would see fit for an album and had everything parties with big name DJs and most of them ity of drum & bass clubs and DJs; it needs to
re-played by musicians in the studio. To make are rammed. Our weekly night is going really be full-on and a bit more simple which is cool.
it as authentic as possible, we used really old well and we always keep the dancefloor packed. People want to dance and not think – I do too
instruments – they were all older than the guys There isn’t much media attention, which is no – but this album is like fine wine. You need to
playing them! The saxophone, for example, was wonder in today’s mainstream ‘sell as much as sit down, light up and chill out, listen close, listen
built in the early ‘30s.” possible’ world, but really they ignore us because again, get inspired and also be inspired to listen
they’re jealous of our popularity. We are the true to it.”
The 1930s, live musicians… hold on, there’s underground and it’s shocking how healthy it is.”
clearly a story to be told here. Let’s have a
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