IF you’re an EDM fan and you haven’t heard of Ken Loi prepare to have your ears explode. “Too Late” is Ken’s first release featuring Zashanell since his breakout hit “All It Takes” on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label and it marks the third release on Starbright Records. His previous releases in 2013, “The Wall,” “Don’t Stop The Love” and “Knock Down,” all received widespread support in the DJ community from artists such as David Guetta, Benny Benassi, and Kaskade. We talk about a variety of topics and his stunning progressive house anthem with a melody that immediately sticks with you and a gorgeous vocal line that builds along with the track. Read below for the full interview…
What brought upon the move from producing to DJ initially? Were you just wanting to see the other half of the picture — seeing peoples reactions to something you produced?
Yes, DJing was the next step and felt right! It’s nice to see reactions to your music and also learn what works and what doesn’t, on top of that I get a lot of inspiration after each gig!
How did you know Zashanell would be a good mesh with your style?
You never know really until you work together, but I felt musically we were on the same page so it turned out great! I love both tracks we have done together and they are really special to me.
Do you feel that sometimes vocalists do not get the recognition they deserve? It seems EDM vocalists are often overlooked on tracks because of the DJ or producer. What’s your opinion?
I can see that definitely, people overlook the fact sometimes it’s the vocals that really make the track. They are overshadowed by the producer a lot of times but I guess it’s a way to at least get your name out there…
On the topic of remixing an existing record, how do you approach putting your own spin on a track while keeping the integrity of the original mix?
I usually listen to the original and also see who else might be remixing the record, so I can make sure to make it as different as possible. It really depends on the track where I take it, I can’t really tell you how I approach it because it’s always a little different! I recently remixed a record for Popeska that will be coming out on Wolfgang’s Kindergarten records, that is a good example!
After being on an imprint for a bit you decided to capitalize on your success and create Starbright Records. Where do you see this label going and what challanges did it present that forced you to grow as an artist?
Probably the best thing I’ve done I think, there’s a lot of freedom and I can put out records that I believe in. It’s mostly a platform for my own projects at the moment but I will be looking into signing other artists in the future, but lots ahead and I’m really looking forward to it.
So is there a conflict of mainstream and experimental when releasing a new remix or track? How do you balance out the two?
There’s always that issue, but I’m just doing what I feel like at the moment!
What are some of your favorite Asian films or anime?
Any movie with Donnie Yen! Anime…I am a bit behind these days but used to watch a lot of Naruto.
Tell us about the bootleg pack, how you embrace social media, and musical plans for when you hit 40K!
Social media has made a big impact for everyone I think, music can reach anyone in the world now! A lot of new talent and bedroom producers come out of this, so that is great. I think Soundcloud has been the biggest for me, being able to share my music to people who have never heard of me or been to any shows. 40K…I don’t know yet, maybe some free original music
If you were to give any tips to an upcoming producer, what would you say is a truly important thing to learn first, when producing? Small tips, that makes big impacts and is something for everyone (from your point of view), to make things better?
Definitely learn the ins and outs of whatever DAW you are using, it’ll allow you to be more creative when you need to.There’s also a lot of information on the internet, so make use of that! When I learned, it was just all trial and error, no Youtube [laughs]!
Tell us about your 2014 plans, tours, and etc. You’ve already released a handful of new tracks and remixes…what is ahead?!
Tons of original music!!! And hopefully making more stops in new cities!
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Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/kenrloi?feature=watch
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/kenloi/ken-loi-zashanell-infinitee