Episode 26 is gone and the time for episode 27 of the Imminent Radioshow is now! Check out this week’s edition with newcomer Kendown!
A promising talent, Kendown is still a humble name in the Portuguese music scene, but this mix however is far from that! A lover of everything hard, this week’s edition has tracks from Sound Rush, Yellow Claw, D-Block & S-te-Fan, and Da Tweekaz! We asked this fresh meat a couple of questions, this is what he had to say:
How was your start as an artist?
My career started in a rather frustrating way. I had my first performance on August 16th, 2018 and I was working really hard to develop and improve my sound, but without any recognition. Only in 2019 did my work start to get notice. Little by little, my project was gaining recognition, until last summer, when there was a huge explosion: I reached the semifinal of Europa DJ Quest in the stage of Figueira da Foz. After that, I kept evolving, spreading my name in some areas of the country in as many ways as I can.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations are Deepblue, Low Mak, Skrillex, Sub Zero Project, Boris Brejcha, Mandragora, Yellow Claw, Alienn, Psilocybe Project, Tryambaka, Montii, Astrix, Future Monkeys, etc.
What obstacles did you face and how did you surpass them?
I faced countless obstacles thus far. The first being the fact that people don’t believe in my work and don’t give me an opportunity to show what I got. I finally managed to find some people who did believe in my work and would let me be able to show it to the public.
After I overcame that first obstacle, I faced a very difficult audience in my area, which made me commercialize my work more and not be able to show my true potential. Gradually I was showing my true style, until the public realized the type of artist I really am and accepted it.
The second one was equipment. From the beginning I always used my controller Pioneer DDJ-SB3, and I had never touched any other equipment. The first time was at Europa DJ Quest where I worked for the first time with CDJs and mixer, this time using Denon gear. I was really nervous, the guest DJ of the contest, DJ Myro, had just explained the basics to work on it, just 2 minutes before my performance. Impressively it went quite well, which despite not having won, I impressed the jury a lot. After that I’ve worked to with Pioneer CDJ 2000 and CDJ 350. And every new equipment that I never used is a new challenge for me. I have always preferred to learn everything by myself to create my own style and make my sets unique.