WHAT MAKES A DJ go mad? DOES TURNING DOWN A RECENT "BREAK THROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR" NOMINATION MAKE KENNY SUMMIT A MAD MAN? HOW ABOUT GIVING AWAY HIS PRIVATE REMIXES OF HOUSE AND DISCO ANTHEMS, DOES THAT MAKE KENNY SUMMIT A MAD MAN? WHAT ABOUT NOT TAKING ANY GIGS UNLESS THE PROMOTER PROMISES NOT TO CHARGE ADMISSION? NEVER ONE TO HIDE FROM THE PRESS, KENNY MADE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES A FEW YEARS BACK AFTER EXPRESSING HIS VIEWS ON LAZY DJS USING LAPTOPS AS A CRUTCH, NOW HE'S TURNING DOWN GLOBAL PRESS, GIVING AWAY MUSIC FOR FREE AND WE'D LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHY... NO TIME TO GIVE US A SIT DOWN INTERVIEW, WE HAD A TEXT exchange WHILE KENNY'S RECENT FLIGHT BACK TO LOS ANGELES TAXIED TO THE TERMINAL AT LAX (IF ANYONE HAS FLOWN INTO LAX, YOU KNOW THAT PROCESS CAN TAKE UP TO 45 MINUTES), AND THIS IS WHAT TRANSPIRED:
gfy: you turned down a nomination for 'break through artists of the year' this year. why the fuck would you do SOMETHING like that?
kENNY: the short answer? lol, i'm tired of the games the press play.
GFY: WHAT'S THE LONG ANSWER?
KENNY: LOL, SERIOUSLY, WHEN I OPEN A DJ MAGAZINE OR GO ONLINE AND SEE EDITORIAL IN ONE OF THESE ZINES, 9X OUT OF 10 IT'S COMPLETE BULLSHIT. CONTENT IS EITHER PROPAGANDA PLANTED BY PR FIRMS to get you talking about some manufactured artist who is powerd by money instead of talent, or SOMETIMES IT'S NEPOTISM BASED EDITORIAL (FRIENDS WHO WORK AT A MAGAZINE HOOKING THEIR BUDDY UP WITH AN INTERVIEW OR WHATEVER), or it's AD BASED EDITORIAL TO KEEP THEIR ADVERTISERS HAPPY, OR IT'S JUST STRAIGHT UP PITH WRITTEN BY 20-SOMETHING YEAR OLDS WITH LITTLE TO NO EXPERIENCE IN THE DANCE MUSIC WORLD. 10/20 YEARS AGO WE RELIED ON DJ MAGAZINES TO GIVE US THE LOW DOWN ON WHAT going on AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY, WITH ALL THE BLATANT GARBAGE THESE ZINES ARE SPEWING, THEY'RE BECOMING OBSOLETE. however, they are A NECESSARY EVIL IF YOU'D LIKE TO BROADEN YOUR FAN BASE.
GFY: SO THAT IS WHY YOU TURNED DOWN THE BREAK THROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATION?
KENNY: NO. I'VE HAD OVER 2 DOZEN NUMBER 1 RECORDS, COLLABS WITH GRAMMY WINNERS, HITS ON BILLBOARD, MY FIRST #1 WAS WITH FRANKIE KNUCKLES, HOW THE HELL AM I A 'BREAK THROUGH ARTIST' AT THIS POINT? IS IT BECAUSE THEY JUST TOOK NOTICE OF ME? LOL! JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW LITTLE THESE PUBLICATIONS KNOW OR HOW MUCH THEY GIVE A FUCK ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN THIS INDUSTRY. they're bullies of the scene imo. THEY'VE REACHED A POINT WHERE THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE GLOBAL SCENE CAN LITERALLY TURN SOMEONE INTO A SUPERSTAR DJ SIMPLY BY PUTTING THEM ON THE COVER. IN MY OPINION, THAT KIND OF POWER, THAT KIND OF INFLUENCE SHOULD COME WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITY; BUT SADLY IT'S BEING WASTED, ABUSED AND MILKED FOR EVERY DOLLAR THEY CAN SQUEEZE OUT OF THEIR POSITION OF INFLUENCE AND I DONT SEE HOW THAT BETTER'S THE SCENE. I MEAN, WHERE IS THE EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITy? FORGIVE ME FOR HAVING MORALS AND INTEGRITY, BUT I HOLD THE PRESS TO A HIGHER STANDARD. WHAT'S THE POINT OF SAYING "LOOK AT MY AWARD FROM THIS PUBLICATION" WHEN THAT SAME PUBLICATION IS BEING PAID TO GIVE OUT AWARDS TO wanna-be artists who have ghost writers and financial backers? KINDA LOSES IT'S SIGNIFICANCE WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND THE CURTAIN.
GFY: WOW, TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL? LOL.
kenny: you can always count on me for that! not looking to hurt anyones feelings, but i dont see the point of holding back. these publications have never supported my career and i don't see that changing any time soon. they dont have a grip on the reality of what's going on in the underground, they never will. they're about dollars, about their bottom line and that makes for shitty content. i find it disturbing that the focus or aim of the publications have gone from "LETS HIRE TOP NOTCH WRITERS AND work furiously to find out about hot new artists" to the way it is today "artists and pr people working furiously to convince mags that their product is hot". I MEAN, I KNOW IT'S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT (TO GET PRESS), BUT AT LEAST IN THE PAST THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE KNOW IN THE POSITION OF EDITOR WHO KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BANTHA FODDER AND A LEGIT PRODUCER / DJ / ARTIST.
gfy: well, AS YOU SAID, They are a business, and like any other business they have to do what is needed to stay afloat. on to the next question: why are you giving away your music for free?
kenny: i'm giving away mostly unreleased remixes; these are edits, remixes anD some originals i made purely for personal use when i dj; things i've made to make my dj sets a bit more special. most of them have been featured on mixes of mine; be it live recordings from one of my gigs or on mixes i've made for traxsource or date transmission or pioneer dj radio over the years and i'm a bit tired of people hitting me up asking for copies. so i'm giving them away now. ;-)
gfy: AND HOW DOES THE PUBLIC GET THEIR FIX? HOW DO WE GET OUR HANDS ON YOUR FREE DOWNLOADS?
KENNY: SIMPLE, YOU CAN GO TO MY WEBSITE WWW.KENNYSUMMIT.COM AND SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER, OR I BELIEVE IF PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR THE GFY NEWSLETTER THEY'LL START RECEIVING MY FREE DOWNLOADS THERE AS WELL.
GFY: OH, GOOD TO KNOW! LOL. I WOULD PROBABLY KNOW THIS IF I CAME IN FOR STAFF MEETINGS.
KENNY: WE'RE AT THE TERMINAL, GOTTA GO. ANYTHING ELSE?
GFY: LAST QUESTION, WHAT ARE you WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
kenny: jesus, how about a question with a short answer? lol. i'm mad busy. aside from my present projects for gfy and my productions as kenny summit, i have a bunch of things i'm working on: eric kupper and i are changing our duo name (we were ging with 'proper' but that is conflicting with another brand) and have signed with ultra to release jams under our new moniker (which we have not yet announced), i'm launching a new group that i'm focusing on for my disco shit that will INCORPORATE singing and add a live element to my gigs, i got a major motion picture i'm involved with (been living in LA for 5+ years now and i'm must getting around to exploring the acting field), and i may be opening another venue soon (la or bk, not sure yet). there are other things oing on as well, i'm mad busy, but i like being in hustle mode all the time. i gotta go... peace.
here are some links to kenny's most recent giveaways :
sagat - fuck dat - ks remix
submission - women beat their mean - ks remix
eddie amador - house music - ks remix
praise cats - shined on me - ks remix