Kerri Chandler Interview
Kerri Chandler headlines the relaunch of Warehouse in London on Saturday 25th August. Kerri Chandler is a suitably huge headliner for this opening party, fresh off the back of a stunning set at DC: 10 in Ibiza. Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler – one of deep house music’s originators and Mad House Records boss – has been injecting soul into music since the early nineties. An ambassador of the natural and instinctive 4/4 beat, Kerri’s influences can be traced back to New Jersey growing up in a family of jazz musicians. Few control a club like this man.
What is house music to you? How does it make you feel?
It is my voice, the way I speak and express my heart and soul; I love the entire process of making music to playing music.
What are some tracks which best some up house music for you?
There are way too many, and I am a very moody guy, but there is a try for every reason
Do you think it had a halcyon period or is it as strong as it’s ever been?
I feel it’s in cycles every 7 to 10 years, new kids new energy to keep this thing alive and vibrant; I have a love of everyone and just try to add my take on it.
Do you think new producers/people to the scene should learn of its history? Is it necessary knowledge in order to become a respected artist do you think?
I think everyone young and old should embrace everything, music, culture and life; House is such an amazing art form, the feeling of the music cuts right though to the heart.
What should people expect when you play the Warehouse opening, London?
I play how I feel and I always play like it will be my last gig ever anywhere I am, I give 110 percent, becausetomorrow isn’t promised to you and I wouldn’t want to ever do anything else.
I hear you do keen sound checks before every gig, is that true? Is soundgenerally as good as it has ever been? Do you think, or are standards slipping?
I feel technology is changing so maintenance for a sound system is key, if its sound for hire I absolutely make sure I have sound checks to make sure everything is correct, I am very hands on with my sound, because if something goes wrong most people won’t blame the sound system they will blame the DJ, and as far as what it sounds like I don’t want to feel limited on what I can or cannot play because of a sound system.