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Q&A: Inigo Kennedy Announces New EP

The techno legend returns to Token with a varied four tracker.
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UK based DJ and producer Inigo Kennedy is set to release Clarion Call on November 20, his first new material since 2014’s Vaudeville LP, also released via Token.

Inigo was the first artist to release on the Belgian imprint, and has regularly used it as an outlet for his material since its inception in 2007. Kennedy has enjoyed a lengthy career as a techno producer, approaching almost two decades now, with releases on labels like Semantica Records as well as his own imprint, Asymmetric.

According to the label, the EP covers wide sonic ground, and has “sorrowful depth and technical power in equal measure.”

The EP is to be made available on both digital and vinyl formats and will be available for purchase on November 20, with snippets of the EP going online very soon. We had a small chat with Inigo about his latest release and here is what he had to say.

So this is your first solo material since your album Vaudeville which was a huge milestone for you. You have been playing many gigs around the world, what helped you prepare for this EP?

It's quite an exhausting juggling act these days between the music, the traveling and family life. Simply making sure to find time to get into the right creative zone is not easy at all! In a way the recently released remixes of "Requiem" from Vaudeville helped to draw a line under that milestone and it gave me some space to think about this next step too. The amazing feedback from Vaudeville also helped I think as it gives me and the label a bit more room to maneuver in some ways.

Does the title Clarion Call have any significance to you?

I think it's quite an evocative phrase and it just popped into my head one day. Most likely half asleep on a flight from a gig! The way the title track kind of eases its way in and then lifts off with its melodic chimes is something like a call to action - emotionally or energetically - and it really seems to have that effect when I've been playing it out this year. That's great to see and feel!

The way you toy with various textures really brings each track to life. How do you find this balance between hard and soft?

It seems to come naturally to me. I find it quite difficult to be purely percussive for example and there is almost always a melancholic and emotional element to the music I produce and play. In part that's a thread from the kind of music I grew up listening to and exploring but is simply a reflection of how I like to express myself too. I think the juxtaposition of that melancholic and emotional side with the harder elements is a *really* potent thing. The way I make music really helps achieve this too - I don't design tracks for hours on end but I aim for a much looser structure that I can perform with which means I am always reacting in the moment when I hit the record button. To an extent that's something mirrored in the way I DJ too.