Updated: Jul 16, 2019
Interview: Kokiri on Going Full Time, Remixing and Retrospect
From 2016 summer hit ‘Turn Back Time’ on Ministry of Sound to his early years of Hardcore and Dubstep with remixing the likes of Chase and Status and DJ Shadow, In this episode of Your Music Industry we sit down with a local Liverpool producer Kokiri aka Kev Willow.
During episode 010 of Your Music Industry podcast with Kokiri we explore 3 main areas: * The story of Kokiri's hit; Retrospect (Turn Back Time) released on Ministry of Sound * How he has gone full-time as an artist and how he's achieved that * Kokiri's approach to remixes and along with some of the business behind them
“I was just sending emails all the time to everyone, not even knowing who they were.” - Kokiri
A little bit about Kokiri...
Liverpool, England native Kevin Williams makes upbeat and full-bodied vocal house tracks under the name Kokiri. He got into production as an adolescent, inspired by the U.K. hardcore and drum'n'bass tunes he heard played by his older brother. His interest was piqued when his sibling informed him that a certain cut was recorded in a bedroom rather than a proper studio.
A little over a decade after Williams started to make electronic dance music with minimal means, he had a breakthrough with "Turn Back Time (Retrospect)" (2015), a single released on Ministry of Sound in the U.K. and on Big Beat/Atlantic in the U.S. For an assortment of labels including Love & Other, Perfect Havoc, and Armada Music, he continued with other A-sides typically fronted by strong vocalists, including the Adam F collaboration "Harmony" and the A-Minor collaboration "Energy," as well as the solo productions "Chasing" and "Other Side of Love" (all 2016-2017).
Williams' commissioned work by this point included remixes of Conor Maynard's "Talking About" and Naughty Boy and Joe Jonas' "One Chance to Dance." ~ Andy Kellman
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