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Drum & Bass don, Kanine, is preparing for his debut headline set at Ministry of Sound tonight! Over the past weeks he's been working on a brand new audio visual show that is going to blow the minds of the Ministry crowd. Support on the night will come from DnB legends Voltage, Unglued B2b Disrupta and Special Guest: DJ Hype.
Ahead of tonight's madness we called up Kanine for the lowdown on his career so far.
MoS: Where are you in the UK right now?
Kanine: I'm currently in my studio in London finishing off a load of new music for this weekend.
What was the last show you played at and which city was it in?
Last weekend I was in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Bournemouth, UK. It’s so good being back travelling at the weekends again now both the UK and Europe has opened up.
What’s the meaning behind your artist name Kanine?
I used to run a student Drum & Bass night whilst at university. I ended up DJing a lot but still didn't have a DJ name. It’s kind of stereotypical for DnB acts to pick a word and put a letter K instead of a C in their DJ names, so I thought I might as well too. I didn’t think it would go as far as it has. To all new DJs, you only get to choose your DJ name once so choose wisely
Who has inspired you musically?
Growing up raving in London was what initally hooked me on dnb and dance music. I used to use a fake ID to sneak out to Ram Records and Playaz nights at fabric. I think everyone is inspired by some of the first times they went raving - the dnb sound of 2013/14 will always be my favorite for this reason.
Later down the line the usual suspects of Noisia, Chase & Status, Sub Focus etc... all are big inspirations. Every time I hear a new tune from any of the these guys it makes me want to jump straight back in the studio.
What do you consider the highlight of your career so far?
There are a few, for quite a few different reasons. When "The Shadows" came out in 2017 that definitely put me on the map in the UK. Then I dropped "Want You" the following year and things went a bit crazy from there. Some career highlights include playing Glastonbury in 2019 and playing the closing set on the main stage at Rampage festival in 2021.
You’ve worked with lots of artists over the past few years, who was your favourite to work with and why?
It’s always fun working with new artists because you never know what you’ll learn. Working on "No One Else" with Wilkinson was cool because we hit a vibe in the studio and it came together really quick – plus its inspiring to see how someone who’s made a ton of hits actually works in the studio.
What projects do you have coming up this year?
Tons of new music, including some exciting collaborations. Also working on a brand new type of show to bring to bigger crowds. There will be more info towards the end of the year so keep an eye out for that too.
What are your favourite things to do in London when you’re here?
The raves. Even on my nights off I always somehow end up in a London club til 5am.
You’re playing your biggest UK headline show at Ministry of Sound on Friday 8th April, what are you most excited about playing London’s most iconic venue?
I went to check out the club a few weeks ago and it got me so hyped to finally play there, for two hours too. The sound system and lazer rig are outrageous! It's my birthday weekend too so I think it’ll get a bit mental backstage too. Can’t wait to rip it up!
Lastly… What can you promise fans ahead of your set on Friday 8th April? Will you be playing any unreleased music?
Loads. I’ve been in the studio non-stop til stupid hours for the last few weeks finishing off new and exclusive music for the show. I’ve never put so much time into putting a set together before. Let’s go!