UK producer Kokiri meets up with EDM Charts to discuss his most recent smash hit Retrospect and his musical background! Read more on his upcoming projects and what fuels his fire!
Kev, thank you for sitting down with EDM Charts so fans can discover even more about you and your great music! Tell us where you’re from and how you got in to music production?
Hey EDM Charts, thanks for having me! I’m from Liverpool, the North West of the UK. I first got into music production back when I was 13/14 years old. I was in my brother’s room playing on his turntables. He played a song to me and told me that this song had been made in someone’s bedroom. I always thought music could only be made in big professional studios so I decided to do some digging and find out all about how to make music on a PC and I suppose the rest is history.
What led you to getting involved in the house and deep house genres?
I’ve always been a fan of house music, it’s essentially the music of this city so I’ve always been around it and throughout my life in production it’s always been a genre that I’ve wanted to get myself into but I didn’t want to get straight into it. I wanted to develop my techniques and abilities as a producer and develop my own unique sound before getting involved in house music.
What is it like working with Love & Other as a label and how have they helped grow you as an artist?
Love & Other is a brilliant label with an absolutely amazing team. They do nothing but support our (the artists’) music and are always looking for new and innovative ways to ensure that the releases end up in the right hands (with Retrospect being a perfect example). I only began my Kokiri project in March of this year and already in less than a year I’m receiving support from some of the biggest artists in the world, a lot of these I look up too.
Your most recent track, “Retrospect” is featured on EDM Charts, Vol. 137 and has got great exposure on Beatport and other radio shows/podcasts. Describe the track, how it all came together and what it was like working with Illyus & Barrientos on the remix?
The idea behind the track was that I wanted to write a song that meant something to me growing up. I wanted to try and recapture the sound from my childhood and my early teens, something that takes me right back every time I listen to it.
I’ve been a fan of Illyus & Barrientos for quite a while and when I found out that they were going to be doing the remix I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to hear what they would come up with and I think they did an amazing job on it!
What are some upcoming productions/projects you are working on?
I’m working on a handful of original tracks at the moment and this week I’ve just finished a brand new remix too so I’ve been keeping busy.
Who are some artists/vocalists that you haven’t worked with yet, that you would like to collaborate with?
There is so many people nowadays that I listen to and think, whoa, we could make something great together, I could sit here for days and give you a huge list of people and why I would want to work with them but I’ll keep it short and sweet and just give you 5 (In no particular order): FKJ, Honne, Tchami, The Beatangers, Camelphat
Describe your set up for producing music (such as are you Ableton, do you use any live instruments, etc.)?
My setup is pretty small but it does me for what I need it for, my equipment is as follows:
Focusrite 18i6 Interface
Mackie HR824 MKII Monitors
M Audio Axiom 61 Midi Keyboard
Novation Mininova Synthesizeer
And the penultimate question as always. I’m an FL user and I have been for the past 10 years!
What is your hottest track/song at the moment?
So many good tracks out at the moment but one that kills it for me at the moment is Sugar Hill & Wasabi – It’s On You (Ganzfeld Effect Remix)
Any final words for your fans? Where can they discover more about you and get your music?
Just that I’m extremely grateful for the support that I’ve received over the past year and it means the world to me that people are enjoying my music. You can listen, see and say hello to me here: