KANDOU

September 10, 2018

Who are you?
Kandou

When do you play on House 559 Music?
Fridays 8-10pm Bi-Weekly

Describe your music style? What’s different about you compared to other DJs?
I play mainly disco and the nu-disco side of house which I feel is not as popular as tech house/techno at the moment so that sets me apart a bit. Who knows though, I have very diverse musical tastes so that will probably evolve! Nothing gives such pure pleasure as hearing a great track for the first time so I’m constantly trying to give that to audiences, I think playing a lot of disco there is opportunity to really dig for rare vinyl you just can’t find digitised online.

What attracted you to play at House 559 Music?
The challenge of keeping a bi-weekly show fresh and engaging. Also the community which I think is something people don’t talk about enough, I sort of thought I’d have to do all this DJ lark on my own and it’d be cutthroat but it isn’t at all. Everyone is mates and trying to pull each other up.

Who are your favourite DJ/Producers?
Loads! But currently: DJs: Gerd Janson, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Boring, Honey Dijon, Carl Cox Producers: Bicep, Kink, Rival Consoles, Krystal Klear

Where do you find music inspiration?
Digging in record shops, nights out, the obscure corners of YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud.

What is one track that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?
Bicep – Just. Love it so much I’ve bought it twice, digital and on vinyl. Heard them play it out at Printworks and gave me goosebumps, still does.

How did u get into djing/ what’s your musical background?
I’ve played piano since I was little, sung in bands and been dabbling in production for about 10 years and working more seriously on it for 2. I’ve been DJing for only just over a year now but basically was always making suggestions to friends and creating playlists so thought “why not do this properly?”

What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
Depending on set length and my familiarity with the venue I’ll have a rough genres/energy game plan for what I think will work. Nowadays I try not to overprep a set but rather keep my music really organised so it’s at my fingertips when I need it.

What are your main challenges as a DJ?
The constant hunt for new music, if you want to be a tastemaker you need to always be discovering stuff first or at least as early as you can.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
I played a night at Styx in Tottenham early on and for various reasons was very challenging but despite it all about 3/4 of the way through my set was one of the first times I thought “shit, I can actually do this!”.

What is one mistake you see a lot of DJs making? / What advice would you give to
aspiring DJs?
Selection and love of music comes first, ultimately if you are playing great tracks and keeping the right energy up no one gives a shit if your blends aren’t the smoothest. I’ve seen people get really hung up on showing technical skill at the expense of making the right selections. This is my excuse for my sometimes scrappy mixing!

What’s next for you? Where can we find you? (upcoming gigs)
I run a regular night called Hackney Mixer at bars around Hoxton/Shoreditch. I’m also psyched to be helping run an interactive music area at Dimensions and Outlook festivals this year so swing by if you are there, it’s called The Sound Studio.

Your favourite mix? (of yourself)
https://www.mixcloud.com/Kandou/kandous-disco-mix/
Only one up at the moment but more coming soon!

Social Media handles?
@kandoumusic
@hackneymixer