With a career that spans from sound designer to DJ, Dom Kane has made a lasting impact on the electronic music scene.
Dom Kane is in deep. His work within the electronic music industry has varied from sound design, to engineering, DJing, producing, and more – his unwavering passion for the music evident in every role. This ingrained dedication has seen him making a global impact through his range of works, from creating the elements that thousands have used to produce with, to finalizing the tracks for UK Top 40 artists like Kosheen and Armada. As a sound designer, he has created factory presets for synthesizers including FXpansion, Xfer, Ohm Force, Cakewalk, and the legendary hardware synth company Moog, and was was featured in an Artist Series sample pack on Loopmasters. As a DJ, Dom has held residencies at legendary clubs including Space Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound in London, while his productions have had him rising through the charts, played by DJs that range from Dave Seaman to Deadmau5.
Featured as FRISKY’s Artist of the Week, Dom Kane has created an exclusive 2-hour set, encompassing the variety and quality developed over his wide ranging and successful career. Tune in live on June 5th at 2PM EST [convert timezone] or catch it anytime after On-Demand & Offline with a FRISKY Premium Subscription and FRISKY Mobile Apps.
Read on to discover more about Dom Kane & what we can expect with his special mix:
What are you most passionate and excited about working on these days?
My first full EP with mau5trap came out earlier this year and I’m currently working on the second one, and developing a live show to go with it too… It’s pretty difficult to get the right balance but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait!
What is your favorite aspect of sound production?
I love the variety of my work really, from the sound design and live shows, to working on mixdowns for other artists. I always find that one job can inspire me into the next one these days, so I’m really lucky to be able to have this kind of workflow 7 days a week.
Is there a habit you always do in the studio which helps with your productivity or production?
Oh definitely, deleting things! If I’m struggling with a project, delete it… If I’m struggling to get a sound right, delete it! Always best to start something with a fresh mind and fresh approach.
I would love to hear stories from your residencies at Space in Ibiza and Ministry of Sound, do you have any favorite moments you could share?
Oh there are plenty haha but maybe not so many I can repeat in public! I remember my first gig in Space for We Love Sundays, and I went straight from Ministry of Sound to London City airport, only to bump in to Mr C (The Shamen) who was also playing there that night and taking the same flight, so we got talking and ended up going to a great restaurant he knew in Ibiza…. Having been a big Shamen fan when I was a teenager, I grew up listening to Mr C and memorising the lyrics, and now I suddenly found myself in a restaurant in Ibiza with him, eating great steak and drinking great wine, and about to play one of the most famous clubs in the world. Talk about dreams come true! 🙂
What is your current DJ / Live Sound set up like?
I started back in the days of carrying heavy vinyl around airports, and then moved on to CDs but found myself getting bored so I moved to a laptop setup with a couple of iPads and MIDI controllers and an NI Maschine, but now the technology of the CDJs has improved so much that I’m back to CD/USB Decks again. However, I’m working on a live setup at the moment to be able to perform my own music live, but that will be ready later this year.
How has your perspective on and approach to working in the electronic music industry changed since you began?
The industry has changed so much in the 15+ years I’ve been working in it, but I’ve always been careful to work with people and companies I like, so I’ve managed to keep great working relationships throughout. Things that used to be considered underground are now infiltrating the pop scene, and that can only be a good thing because it attracts new fans to try new tastes in music, and pushes the boundaries of the underground. Of course there are downsides to this, like all the people currently putting importance on things like Instagram follower numbers and “likes” etc instead of talent, but I guess this was always a part of the pop industry. It’s definitely not a game I play myself, and nor would I ever want to.
What is most important to you when it comes to the music you produce and play?
That I like it. It’s really that simple. I don’t write/produce/perform for an audience, I do it all for myself, and if the audience like it then that’s a bonus for me! At the end of the day, there are 7 billion people in the world, and they each have their own taste, so there’s no point trying to please people you can’t see.