We sat down with DJ Carl Kennedy to discuss his career, music and future projects.
Hi Carl, where are you now and how are you?
I’m just about to leave Sydney, was here to play the brand new Marquee night/dayclub and heading back to New York City. I am very well thank you.
Your recent release Once Upon A Time has proven to be a dance floor hit, you’ve been described to have a 6th sense when it comes to great tunes, what’s your creative process?
Once Upon A Time is growing nicely and getting huge support from the likes of Tiesto, Pete Tong, Calvin Harris and Erick Morillo so I’m happy about that. A sixth sense, hmm I guess it’s that feeling you get when you hear a record you just know it is massive or has the potential to be massive. Music is an individual taste and opinion.
How did the collaboration with Cheyenne come about an what was it like to work with her?
Cheyenne is a top model in Australia so she’s pretty well known. I’ve been friends with her and her family for quite a while, Sydney is like a village so most people know most people. Cheyenne also lives in New York City now and she played me some of her ideas, one happened to be the lyrics to what is now Once Upon A Time. We laid the beat down the next day and she recorded the vocals in 20 minutes and that was that. Cheyenne’s solo work is something to look forward to in the future. Since most Aussie chicks are brought up like blokes, Chey is a lot of fun to hang out with.
You also had the music video done for the track, what is the idea behind it?
Well it’s only my 2nd music video so I’m very open to let the director pitch his ideas. All I wanted was for it to be shot in NYC, it ends up with me being a male gigolo but you don’t know it until the very end and Cheyenne is the madam. A little bit different I suppose.
You played at Subliminal’s recent Miami party at Amnesia, how was it?
Like all Subliminal parties it was amazing, lots of fun, great energy and did I mention fun? WMC was my favourite to date. EDM in USA is going through the roof thank God. Also Amnesia is one the best clubs out there.
What was the highlight of the night?
The Subliminal party was great with the best lineup. It was nice to play on the same bill with one of Danny Tenaglia’s last sets before he retired, that’s historic.
You are known to live around the world, Australia, USA and other places. Where do you feel most at home? How does the house/dance crowd differ in different countries in your opinion?
For me, home is NYC now but when I’m in Ibiza I feel at home, when I’m in England I feel at home and when I’m in Sydney I feel at home so that’s a hard question. I come from an Irish/English circus background so traveling is in my blood, I will always be moving around but as of right now NYC is my home. The scene is changing all the time around the world. Right now Australia is virtually non-exsisting on the club scene but has amazing festivals and USA is just setting new bench marks with clubs and festivals. On the whole people love music all over the globe so the world loves dance one way or another.
What’s your most memorable DJ moment so far?
I don’t really have one that stands out on it’s own. I’m lucky to I play at the best clubs and with the best DJs out there. I think one that stands out is playing with The Swedish House Mafia after their groundbreaking Madison Square Garden show in NYC. That was epic beyond belief so I was happy to be part of it.
The summer is just around the corner, what are your plans?
My plans are to release the follow up to Once Upon A Time called Lost In Rio featuring Joel Edwards under my own label called Wasted Youth and to play Subliminal Pacha and Europe mainly. I’m really going to start pushing the brand of Wasted Youth and I have just signed an exciting young producer from Sweden called Oskar so I will be releasing him into the world this summer as well. So a lot of work ahead and a lot of fun.
What’s your prediction for this summer’s chart topper?
Good question and who knows. There’s a lot of good music out there and it’s a great time to be making dance music. I’m just hoping my new releases do well with Lost In Rio out June 12th and the 3rd release with Nick Galea and Joel Edwards called Out of My Mind which I think will be a moster going into August.
You’ve mixed the latest Subliminal compilation coming out in May, what kind of vibe can we expect from it?
A little bit different to what I would normally play, a bit more of the new stuff from SYMPHO NYMPHO which is all just banging. A lot of energy, a lot of pumping and definitely 4th gear all the way.
How did you choose the track list for the compliation?
I had Subliminal and Strictly Rhythm send me all the new stuff that was up for contention and I spent about a week going through all the tunes whilst I was running around Central Park and flying to gigs. Then I just got it down to the final 14 and mixed it. You kind of see the mix in your head eventually so that’s how I did this one.
Who would you say are the future big names in the house music scene? Do you have any particular DJ favourites at the moment?
I think the whole scene is strong and there’s a lot of support between the DJs and for the young guys they really have to step up which is the way it should be. The Other Guys from Sydney I think will be a name to keep an eye on, The Authors again from Sydney but who are based in Germany now, Oskar from Sweden and my kid brother Jack Kennedy. It won’t be long before he releases his own productions. When you’re hungry enough, that’s a dangerous fuel.
What’s your favourite classic track?
You Don’t Know Me by Armand Van Helden.
Finally, what’s next in the pipeline?
To build Wasted Youth as a major player. Release originals and keep building my profile. Help kids with a charity in Brooklyn Bronx. Land on the moon.