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DT699 – David Keno

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It’s been a storming and busy, decade-spanning rollercoaster ride for the Bern, Switzerland-born and now Berlin-based DJ, producer and Keno Records founder David Keno since he stepped on the scene with his first vinyl releases back in 2004.

Influenced by bands and musicians like Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield and Depeche Mode and being classically trained on guitar and drums the young David Keno started his musical journey playing in various Rock-focused band outfits throughout his youth whilst a growing love and fascination for electronic music soon led into an early drum machine and synth experiments, followed by first remixes and more electronic edits for the bands he played in.

Having mastered his electronic studio setup and fully turned his head onto electronic music he quickly started to carve out a musical niche of his own, incorporating elements from both the House and Techno ends of the spectrum, unfolding complex and vibrant, sometimes even playful melodic layers on top of a straight and dancefloor-functional foundation, catering maximum impact and high energy levels whilst sending punters into ecstatic heavens with his recent productions. After taking the scene by storm with the “Bubble Bath EP”, a record released under his Vernis alias via Pocketgame and critically acclaimed not only for the massive remix created by Trentemøller which became a club favourite of 2005, things started to skyrocket for David Keno who – now mainly focusing on productions under his own name – quickly became a sought-after producer and remixer after his first club hit.

The following years saw the label evolving into a main hub for David Keno’s solo productions as well as successful collaborations with artists like Jaxson or Nico Stojan but Keno Records also became an important platform for a widespread network of producers including Beatamines, Patryk Molinari, Marlon Hoffstadt and others, both reflecting David Keno’s personal taste and experiences from his sets in Europe, Russia, China, Australia as well as in the US- and South America where he regularly wows audiences with pumping, energetic mainfloor workouts.

Besides taking on his role as A&R and CEO of Keno Records as well as collecting air miles as a member of the global DJ family, Mr. Keno still keeps on working on a busy studio schedule, teaming up with like-minded fellow artists like M.in or Evan Baggs for mind-blowing collaborations released on labels like Dirtybird, Yellow Tail, Cr2, Sonido, Robsoul or Frankie, whilst crafting a continuous string of highly successful solo releases and remixes for well-reputable, internationally acclaimed imprints like Stil Vor Talent, Get Physical, Poker Flat Recordings, Traum Schallplatten, Snatch, Suara, Noir, Katermukke and many more these days. David Keno is catering club bombs like the massive Suara-released “Walking Boots” created as a conjunctional studio effort by ME&her & David Keno as well as high quality tools for bubbling dancefloors and amazing nights out, unique, yet familiar and best described as a genre of its own – we call it Keno style!

Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… 
I wanted to create something positive, playful, melancholic and uplifting.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
My personal favorite is probably the Prodigy edit from Lars Moston. It reminds me of myself being a fan going to raves and techno parties. It brings back the feeling I had and which I try to remember when I produce new tracks.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
It’s a mix that doesn’t need to be played on the dancefloor. It is one that I would like to listen to outside with a couple of friends. We all miss the clubs these days but the music is still happening everywhere. The people are hungry for music more than ever now.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Well, I played exactly one gig in the last 3 months thanks to the pandemic but that one was a Livestream on a crane 30 meters high, it was a special one for various reasons. It reminded me how I miss playing in front of an audience and I need the energy that is coming back from people enjoying my music.

What have you got coming up?
I am working a lot on new music. At first, when the lockdowns started I wasn’t inspired at all but now I have lots of new ideas and a lot of energy that needs to come out somehow. The music that I made is a bit different because I don’t have the clubs in mind right now. It’s just about the music and the melodies which is something that I held back for a while now.
I have releases coming up on 3000 Grad and Heinz Music.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Don’t let the negativity take over. Stay positive. The world isn’t a bad place and the good people are the majority, even if it doesn’t always seem like it.

Tracklist:

Harry Romero – It’s You [Crosstown Rebels]
David Keno – The Wanderer [BeatFreak]
Chris Di Perri, Domenic D’agnelli – Monologue [Muna Musik]
The Prodigy – Skylined (Lars Moston’s Really Special Rework) [White]
David Keno – Set Me Free [Club Sweat]
Fka Mash – Lonely Jester [Atjazz]
The Future Is The Past [DGTL]
Theus Mago – Jingo (David Keno Transition Edit) [White]
Chaim – The Piano One (Kino Todo Remix) [Blue Shadow]
Echonomist – Eyes (Original Mix) [TAU]
David Keno – Fandango [Heinz Music]

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