Kenny Ken

Friday | Warehouse Stage

Kenny Ken started DJing back in 1989,before that he was working as a ticket collector and railman on the London Underground.He got into playing music by going to the early warehouse parties like,Genesis,Sunrise,Biology,Energy and so on.”I used to go to all the so called incrowd parties where DJʼs like Grooverider,Fabio,Frankie Valentine,Tony Wilson,Paul Oakenfold,Bones and Carl Cox used to play”.It was while going to these all night parties and then having to go straight to work that he decided to try being a DJ.”I went out and bought myself a set of Technics and started to practice and was given a really good mixing lesson by Dean who was one half of Dem 2 who were big back then.I started of by playing Acid House and Garage at small gigs for my mates Jimmy Evans and Steven Mills (thanks guys).I started playing regular on the radio on a pirate station called Centerforce which I left after about a year and moved to Dance FM along with DJʼs like Mr C and Rob Atkinson.One night I was at a Genesis rave and Lenny Dee hadʼnt turned up and the DJ who was playing had another gig to go to so I begged Wayne the promoter to let me go home and get my records,itʼll only take me five minutes.I came back with a converted milk crate full of records and got behind the decks which is when my bottle went a bit cos now Iʼm on the best party at that time, infront of a massive crowd of hardcore ravers.I played for about half hour and played well before Lenny turned up.That was when I decided to leave my job and start Djing full time.I had a really good relationship with the guys at Blackmarket records so it wasʼnt a problem getting all the latest tunes.I also used to go to Reading to a shop called Record Basement which was owned by Phil who now runs New Urban Music.I met Sue and Joe from Labrynth who gave me regular work and while I was playing for Labrynth I was also becoming a better DJ.I used to go to a Sunday morning rave at Crazy Larryʼs on the Kings Road in Chelsea which is where I met Carl and Dave who used to run the Crazy Club and I would pester them to let me play,so one day they said bring my records to Buzbyʼs in the West End and if I play good theyʼd make me a resident which was beyond my wildest dreams cos now Iʼm getting a chance to play in the premier league of DJs.Anyway,when I turned up at Buzbyʼs I met Jack Frost and Ray Keith who had also been told the same thing so now I had to play wicked and better than Ray and Frost.I was the last to go on and Ray and Frost had smashed up the place along with Grooverider so I went on and smashed it too.

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