City Series Mix Volume 42
Kode9 vibrates parts other DJs can only dream of. His DJ sets and radio shows helped spread the early dubstep sound internationally, but his sets now weave together a bass heavy mix of grime, footwork, hip hop, r&b, techno, house, garage and dubstep.
In 2005, Kode9 released a mix online that joined the dots between East London grime tracks that drew heavily from Asian musical motifs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V837-WRWao). This mix is the follow up to that selection.
Originally from Glasgow, but based in South London since 2000, Kode9 set up the record label Hyperdub in 2004, infamous for unleashing artists such as Burial (and countless others) on the world. 2014 is the 10th anniversary of Hyperdub. He has recorded 2 albums of his own with vocalist Spaceape (RIP); Memories of Future (2006) and Black Sun (2010) and released 3 DJ mix compilation, Dubstep Allstars vol.3 (Tempa 2006), DJ Kicks (K7 2011) and Rinse 22 (2013). Kode9 has also released tracks on Rinse, Tempa, Soul Jazz, Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, and remixed for Lee Scratch Perry for On U Sound, the Junior Boys for Domino, Battles for Warp, and Dabrye Feat. Doom for Ghostly. In 2014, Kode9 released his last collaboration with the late vocalist, the Spaceape on the Killing Season EP on Hyperdub and a number of tracks on the labels 10th anniversary compilations.
For 5years, he hosted the weekly Fwd>> show on Rinse FM, London’s leading pirate radio station, and was one of the rotating DJs at DMZ, and Fwd>>, the seminal early dubstep nights in London. He now co-hosts the Hyperdub monthly show on Rinse FM with Scratcha DVA.
Kode9 has performed at Sonar Festival, Sonar Tokyo, Mutek, Glastonbury, Unsound, Melt and Coachella as well are gracing clubs nights across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia & New Zealand and South Africa with his unique selection skills.
If you could collaborate musically with anyone of your choice, who would you choose?
I would time travel to between 1980 and 1985 to work with Haruomi Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
What is your favorite venue you've ever performed at?
Sub Club, Glasgow
What DJ gear and travel essentials do you always carry with you on the road?
AIAIAI headphones, USB Stick, Traktor Kontrol S4, Macbook Pro, sunglasses to hide those red eyes.