In our latest edition of The Journal, we sat down with Hotfingers label head and esteemed DJ and producer Alex Kenji. We discussed his gear & setup, early career and his favourite productions.
When did you realise that music was a passion of yours?
“I think when I was 14 years old… Since then I started learning how to play drums and the synthesizer. I wanted to be part of a band because in 1994 all the recording devices were really expensive and computers were as expensive as cars (how frustrating this was) However it didn’t work out with bands, so in 1997 I switched to Hard Disk recordings.”
(Alex’s Arp 2600)
If you had to pick one track to represent your sound, which would it be?
Where do you get inspiration from when producing music?
“Well as a studio owner sometimes it comes when I just switch on all the gear I have in my studio! I own an Arp 2600, Minimoog, EMS Synthi Aks, RSF Kobol and many other vintages and modern synths.”
What haven’t you accomplished yet that you’re looking to do in the near future?
“I’m very happy with what i’ve done so far and i don’t regret anything in particular. I’ve never imagined one day my passion for music and that it would become a real job. I still think the best is yet to come.”
If you could teach your younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?
“Actually nothing. All the songs you listen labelled under my name are 100% my products. I write, compose, edit, mix and master all the music I make. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in the past years understanding how to produce, mix and master music. I love the journey and the experience.”
What can we expect from you in the near future?
For ore on Alex Kenji, check out his Facebook.