Having developed his passion for dance music through listening to tape packs and buying records, Eddie K went on to become immersed in the scene as a driver for some of the biggest dance music acts around, including Mary Anne Hobbs and DJ Fresh. Eddie learnt a lot on the road, and after being introduced to D*Minds in 2006 it wasn’t long before he was DJing regularly at their night RUN in Bristol, and eventually releasing on their label.
After making the switch from drum & bass to dubstep, he began to relsease on the emerging H.E.N.C.H Records, picking up big support with his first couple of EPs. Since then both Eddie and H.E.N.C.H have gone from strength to strength and well and truly established themselves at the forefront of the dubstep underworld, with killer tunes such as Serial Killa and Activate. With more H.E.N.C.H releases on the horizon, plus some mouth-watering collaborations in the pipeline, Eddie K is definitely a name you’re going to be hearing a lot of in the future!!
In the run up to the massive HENCH Takeover event at Cable, London this Friday 21st September, Eddie put together this exclusive mix for us, plus we caught up with the man himself for a chat…
Eddie K, what’s been keeping you busy lately?
I’ve just finished two colabs from earlier this year. One with Subzee D and one with Temo. I think the plan is to release them as a single. They have gone for mastering so will be out soon. More recently i’ve been working on my solo four track EP which I’m really exited about. I love doing colabs but its time to remind people what i can do on my own! They’ll be three solo tracks and a colab with my good friends Millions Like Us. All 140 dubstep tracks.
Can you tell us a bit about your mix…
The mix i’ve done is a quick half hour mix showcasing some of of the producers and tracks i’m feeling at the moment.
How did you first get into electronic music?
Back in secondary school, listening to rave tape packs and Fabio and Grooverider on the radio.
And what brought on the move from Drum & Bass to dubstep?
I was hearing a lot of dubstep coming out of Bristol. I would see Jakes every Tuesday at Run (then a small weekly event) and he’d play me stuff. Joker and Pinch were doing cool stuff aswell. I thought id have a go at making some dubstep. The first two tracks i wrote got signed to Hench (who’s the hardest and the shivers). That was how it happened!
And what came first for you, DJing or producing?
Dj’ing, got my first decks when i was 14 for Chirstmas, didn’t start writing tunes until i was about 21!
How long was it before you were really happy with the music you were making?
Well its a cliche thing thing to say but i don’t think your ever happy with your music! You might love it at the time but when you listen back theres always things you would change in hindsight but i am very happy with where I’m at at the moment! Exited for people to hear the EP too, i think the levels have been raised!!
How has your production style evolved?
Well the more time you spend doing it the more you learn. Working with other people doing colabs opens your eyes to some new techniques too.
What kind of music do you enjoy outside of dubstep?
Really feeling Disclosure at the moment. Im liking Maceo Plex and some of the techno guys too. Two Inch Punch though is the one! Such a fresh sound!
Who have been your biggest musical influences, both in and out of dubstep?
My dad is very into music. I grew up with 60′s music, ska and reggae being blasted around the house!
And what does the future hold for Eddie K?
Well i’ve got some great gigs in the diary I’m looking forward to. I’m also very exited about my EP. There will also be a video to accompany the lead track. Apart from that just continue with what i’m doing, writing music and djing!
Tell us a bit about your forthcoming collaboration with Millions Like Us…
Well we’ve made two. One for their EP forthcoming on a really great label which is 128 bpm. Then we’ve got the 140 bpm one for my EP. Don’t want to say too much about them but with the risk of sounding arrogant they’re bloody good!!
Can’t wait to hear them! Who’s your favourite DJ?
I really can’t answer that. The most enjoyable set i’ve heard was a Claude Von Stoke set about 5 years ago out in Ibizia! Amazing!
What 3 tracks sum you up best?
Thats a really tough question -
My favourite dance track is Claude Von Stroke – Who’s afraid of detroit.
My favourite track i’ve written is Starlight, and my guilty pleasure is Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl!!!
And finally, on September 21st we’re bringing the entire H.E.N.C.H crew together for the massive takeover event at Cable, and you’re going to be going back to back with Vodex and Subzee D for two hours! What can we expect from the set on the night?