Head of Content
In this inaugural edition of Meet The Residents, we’re proud to focus attention on these cherished family members of The Gallery – all of which are firm fixtures at Ministry of Sound and adept at performing in both The Box and 103 space.
Each of our residents represents a distinct niche within electronic music and have built a devout following amongst The Gallery faithful. These residents form the lifeblood of Friday night and are versatile enough to either open up or close both rooms – dictating style and tempo accordingly.
Kolonie are a homegrown duo from London whose sound straddles between progressive Trance and House, therefore instantly recognisable whilst showing no restraint to either discipline.
MoS: Hi there, good day so far?
Kolonie: Hello! Yes, a little strange spending so much time at home but it means we can focus on making new music. Hopefully, things sort themselves out sooner rather than later and everyone can get back to some sort of normality.
What were your 1st pair of decks?
Shane: Mine were a pair of direct-drive Citronic turntables, my parents bought them for Christmas when I was about thirteen. I updated a few years later to some CDJs, but I do still actually have them somewhere!
Kane: Mine were a cheap set of belt drive turntables from Index! If you could mix on them, you could pretty much mix on anything. Then when I was sixteen I managed to save up enough money for a set of Technics 1210s.
How did you first get involved with The Gallery?
At college we started selling tickets for different events, we then started working with The Gallery as room hosts and ran our promotions in the Baby Box and the Loft. It seems like a long time ago now! Once we rebranded and starting producing under Kolonie we reached out with our music and managed to get a warm-up slot in The Box - and here we are now!
What's your favourite aspect of opening the main room at Ministry of Sound?
The crowd are always up for it, the venue is legendary and the sound system is incredible. It truly is our favourite place to DJ. We’ve both partied on the dance floor as clubbers and to be able to play at the venue regularly is great.
Same question but for when closing The Box?
We’ve never actually closed The Box before, however, we have done open-to-close sets in the 103! Throwing in a few crowd-pleasers always helps especially towards the end.
What was your main objective when composing this mix?
We wanted to show everyone the Kolonie sound. Obviously, our sets tend to include both Kolonie originals and remixes but we hope it gives people that are not necessarily familiar with our music the chance to hear!
Your favourite Kolonie track which has been included here?
The last track in the mix is called ‘Epilogue,’ it reached number six on Beatport and has picked up some overwhelming DJ support from Gallery regulars such as Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, Andrew Rayel and Markus Schulz to name a few.
Why is this track suited for playing out live at The Gallery?
"Epilogue" fits perfectly between Progressive House and Trance. It's driving, has an emotional breakdown and gets the dance floor moving and those hands in the air!
What software did you use to produce the track?
We both use Logic, and from a production point of view, we keep our set up as straight forward as possible. We try not to overcomplicate a project and its channel strips. Our go-to synths are Spire, Zeta and Zebra. We tend to use WAVES for mixing and love the Lexicon reverbs.
Thanks for your time, please sign out for The Gallery readers!
Thanks, guys, it’s always good to catch up, looking forward to our next set at The Gallery.