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DT666 – Kevin Mckay


Kevin McKay, boss of the legendary house label Glasgow Underground. His forthcoming album ’No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of The Record’ is due for release on 8th November.

’No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’ came from Kevin McKay’s frustration at his inability to create new versions and re-edits of classic house and disco tracks. He uses them in his regular sets at these Mick’s Garage parties. Whereas previously, many hit records were able to develop in the underground using samples, now audio-recognition technology is so advanced that it has become impossible to create sample-driven tracks and test them in a safe environment. Clearing the samples through official channels has become so costly and time-consuming that many creative ideas simply fall by the wayside.

Kevin decided that the answer lay in an often maligned area of dance music – cover versions. ’No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’ is a collection of cover versions of classic house and disco tracks produced and reworked by Kevin in the studio to allow him to use them to their fullest as he wants to in his DJ sets.

Today we welcome Kevin on the podcast for an hour of house music, you can listen to it below, on Spotify or iTunes here

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
What I want to dance to on a Saturday night.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
It’s probably the Empire Of The Sun rework. Not because it’s mine, but because I love the song so much. Luke Steele has such a unique voice and I love Nick Littlemore/PNAU. Together they created something really special.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Probably my edits. I make a lot of special edits just for my DJ sets because there are songs that I would love to play but there isn’t a version I could play alongside house tracks from today. 

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
My album launch party @ Mick’s Garage in Hackney. It was so great to see a place like that sold out with people freaking out to a load of tunes I’d made.  

What have you got coming up?
My new album “No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record” is released on Glasgow Underground on 8th of November. 

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Be happy and stay true to yourself 🙂

Gorge – Take U [8 Bit]
Husko & Elliot Fitch – Desert Sun [Glasgow Underground]
Gino Soccio – Dancer (Kevin McKay Edit) [4 The Dancers]
Nader Razdar – Get Ur Freak On (Kevin McKay Remix) [Glasgow Underground]
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Kevin McKay Edit) [Private Stock]
Start The Party – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Kevin McKay Remix) [Glasgow Underground]
T.U.R.F. – Never Get Enough [True Romance]
Odyssey – Native New Yorker (Kevin McKay Edit) [4 The Dancers]
Sweetpower – Happy Days [Blockhead Recordings]
The Cube Guys, Olav Basoski – Disko Selekta [Glasgow Underground]
Prince – Controversy (Kevin McKay Edit) [4 The Dancers] 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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