The second installment in Sect Records mix series comes courtesy of Warsaw-based Kalamazoo techno DJ and producer, D-Knox.
Together with the likes of Jay Denham and Fanon Flowers, Donnell Knox carved out a name for himself in the Kalamazoo techno scene in the mid nineties with funk-laden hard hitting techno on labels such as Black Nation and his own label Sonic Mind. 2009 saw the release of his first record on Sect Records, which further showcased Knox’s musical and production skills and gained praise from techno and house selectors alike. Knox has returned to the Sect imprint this past month with his second record, Looking Through Your Eyes. Electronic Directory caught up with Donnell Knox to ask a few questions about the mix.
Interview with Donnell Knox by Kazuumi Ishii
What have you been up to recently ?
Recently I have been traveling around and experimenting with other music styles. I’ve been involved in numerous jam sessions with musicians from different countries. Jazz hip hop electronic, even pop. I’ve also been engaged in acting and script writing in Poland, for films and televisions shows.
Can you tell us a little about the mix ?
I call it a groove mix not to fast, and not to slow just right for any occasion in your car in your house at the club, just plain old great music.
Where and how was the mix recorded ?
The mix was recorded in my 2nd studio in Warsaw using decks with PC.
You’ve moved from the US to Warsaw. How’s everything going ? What was the reason behind the move ?
Everything is great esp life, Warsaw is lovely the location is wonderful being that I can get to Berlin in less than 5 hrs. The reason to make the move here was solely for the music, the location as I stated before makes it more convenient to travel, since most of the business I conduct is in Europe.
How does living in Warsaw affect your music ?
I feel it has changed the sound a bit being that Warsaw is a fast pace city unlike Kalamazoo. The one thing that has changed when it comes to music making is in Warsaw I don’t go to other producers studios in Kalamazoo I often go to other producers studios and participate in jam sessions.
You’ve got your second record on Sect coming up. How did you hook up with the label initially ?
Thomas and I started talking on MySpace and thru email, and from there you have to releases on Sect.
What are the Sonic Mind plans for 2010 ? What can we expect ?
Sonic Mind plans to release great music this year, there will be some collaborations with other artist and some great releases from D-Knox. Expect great things from Sonic Mind.
Aside from the record on Sect, what else have you got on the horizon for 2010 ?
There will be some collaborations on other labels and some releases on other labels please stay tuned for that.
D-Knox releases his second EP on Sect Records
D-Knox – Looking Through Your Eyes [Sect Records]
D-Knox brings us a fine four tracker in the shape of the Looking Through Your Eyes EP. The first track, "At The Beginning" is a cosmic techy opus while "If I Never Knew You" is an explosive winner. "Out There" is all grooving bass work and sturdy beats and "On My Way" hits with ethnic female vocals and shuffling percussion.
Looking Through Your Eyes is also available digitally through Juno Download: http://www.junodownload.com/products/looking-through-your-eyes/1605114-02/
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