101 with Alex Kennon

Already making serious waves with productions on labels like Rebellion, Crosstown Rebels and Saved, Alex Kennon has always been surrounded by great music. Alex was born in Italy but he's been living in Ibiza for the last few years. His great production and excellent charisma led him to perform at festivals and clubs around the world, Sunwaves, and Deep Forest Festival most recently.  

He joined us for our regular 101 interviews where he inspired us with his story.  


What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

A girl once came up to the booth and asked me ‘Do you wanna marry me?!” – That was an interesting one, and it hasn't happened since.

Can you describe your studio setup for us?M

My studio setup includes an Intelijel Atlantis (it’s a whole synth module, so semi-modular in a way) based on the design of the old Roland sh101, an MPC 2000xl for most of the drums, Maleko Varigate 4+ which is a super compact and crazy sequencer a prophet 6 which is incredible for the space and big melodies, and a small Korg Minilogue which looks small but really useful.

For the rest, I use like dawn Ableton 10 with and Ableton push as a midi controller.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

I think it was when I was around 16 in a villa party for a birthday celebration. It was a total mess, and I think I would rather forget it!

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, and Carl Cox

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Actually and thankfully, I can’t recall this happening during one of my sets, but a guy from the crowd once unplugged the mixer cables. So, as you can imagine, the music went dead and the vibe was GONE! Now to think back about it, of course, it’s funny but then I can tell you it wasn't! I wanted to kick his ass.

What do you do before and after your set?

This is a really personal part of the job for me. I like to arrive at a club or venue about an hour before my set to feel the vibe and see the DJ before me play too, and of course, to have a chupito with friends. After the set, I always find I never have time to hang out, as I am often leaving to go to another show or to the airport.

If I get to stay, and especially if I have friends with me too, I’ll stay to party a little and listen to the other DJ’s as there is normally someone I’m keen to hear.
 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I had a job as Backliner for concert stages before my DJ days, but actually, I don’t think that was the worst, it just was super hard work. Other than that, I always studied.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

For me, it’s always about the music and nothing else. If I like the track, I like it. Of course, some labels have a sound to their releases, but I do not have a favourite.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

The Cure ‘A Forest’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xik-y0xlpZ0

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

This is a marathon, not a Sprint!

By Saša, edited on 21 August 2019