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Interview with Kove, UK's DnB and House Master: "The Underground is Stronger than Ever"

June 8, 2015 - by Molly Sinclair

In preparation for Eventvibe's show featuring 12th Planet, Loudpvck, and Kove, here is the first installment of our 3-part interview series with the dance music heavy-weights!

With his roots in the rock 'n' roll scene, Kove (a.k.a. James Rockhill) moved to London to study music, where he got heavily involved in the UK drum and bass scene. Just a few years later and the young musician was signed to Chase and Status' label MTA Records, along with all-stars Nero and Moko, the latter of which has a new single with Kove.

Kove shared with us his thoughts on the future of the UK DnB scene, along with some industry details on what it's really like to tour the globe, and what he thinks of the dance music scene in the U.S.

How old were you when you got started in the dance music scene? Tell us about your experience, and what kind of shows you went to.

I was a relative late-comer to dance music. I was heavily into rock and older music during my formative years, but then when I moved to London to study music I started clubbing, and hitting up the The End and Fabric, and from there I was smitten!

How is the Drum n Bass scene in the UK right now? What direction do you think it's going in?

It's very healthy at the moment. It's definitely on an upward curve when it comes to mainstream prominence, especially with guys like Sigma and Wilkinson bothering the Top 10 consistently.

But on the flip-side, the underground is stronger than ever. For example, the Critical and Shogun camps are killing it at the moment.

You're known for being a very in-demand remixer! What is your favorite genre to remix? Is there a track or artist that really stood out to you?

I don't really have a particular genre that I prefer remixing, it's more that I tend to steer away from doing a DnB remix of a DnB tune or a house remix of a house tune. To be honest, I much prefer taking a big pop tune and flipping it on its head. The most important part of any tune is in the hook, so if you've got a big pop topline you can reinterperate it any way you want.

What is your favorite thing about producing / DJing?

I love that initial spark of an idea that can pop up anywhere when you're producing. The middle part of actually constructing a tune is always a long hard slog, but when you can sign it off and call it finished, thats always a winner.

When it comes to DJing, I hate the traveling, but being able to play your tunes to great crowds around the word makes it all worthwhile!

Are you taking steps towards producing more house music tracks like your hit, "Way We Are"?

Definitely, I really enjoy making house music and I'm really liking a lot of the sounds coming out of the U.S at the moment. I tend to get writer's block just writing one genre so hopefully I should release something in the 120 BPM range soon.

What are your big plans for 2015?

I've been a bit quiet release-wise whilst I finish up a whole bunch of stuff, so now there will be a string of releases starting with 'Hurts" which features Moko - so keep your ears peeled! Aside from that, the festival circuit will be in full swing back in Europe once this tour is finished, so a lot of shows.

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